Monday, May 24th, 2016
The humidity isn't letting up anytime soon. I'm sure your AC units are getting their fair share of use. I don't see conditions changing anytime soon. Highs today will once again creep up near 90 with a mix of sun and clouds. Our rain potential dies down today and tomorrow, with only a slim isolated shower here-and-there. If you have to work outside in the afternoon, make sure to stay hydrated.
HEAVIER RAIN AND STORM THREAT THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
Our rain chances ramp up again Thursday and especially Friday. The National Weather Service is already considering a Flash Flood Watch for late week with possible heavy rain. For now (it's a long way off) I'm thinking we could see 1-3" of rain Thursday through Friday with a couple rounds of storms possible. An early thought on where the heaviest rain could fall. I'm leaning toward areas in our northern counties points north with the highest rain potential with perhaps isolated spots up to 4" possible. I'm keeping a WEATHER ALERT DAY in effect for Friday's risk of heavy rain and storms.
We are still recovering from last Thursday's flooding and as of Monday evening, 71 roads were still closed. Remember - Turn Around Don't Drown. Check road closures here: http://bit.ly/atxfloods
Track any storms that fire with our Interactive Radar: http://keyetv.com/weather/radar
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND FLOODS ANNIVERSARY
From afternoon through evening on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015, heavy rain pounded areas in Kendall and Blanco County with a foot of rain flowing downstream along the Little Blanco and Blanco Rivers towards Wimberley. Later that evening, tornadic storms caused damage in the Austin Metro. Meanwhile, the flood gauge back in Wimberley went from around 5 feet at 9pm to 41 feet at 1am, shattering the previous record high of 33 feet. Catastrophic flooding and loss of life resulted and that wall of water then pushed downstream toward San Marcos causing even more damage and destruction early Sunday, May 24th. The rain finally took a break and the sun came out that afternoon. But the following day, Memorial Day Monday, May 25th, another round of severe storms tore through Central Texas. What started with tornadoes in the Hill Country transitioned to significant flash flooding in Austin along Shoal Creek and other waterways, with flooding along the Colorado River in Bastrop and Fayette Counties as well. At its peak, roughly 500 low water crossings were closed on atxfloods.com. May 2015 went down as the wettest May on record for Camp Mabry. Tuesday, I'll be live in Wimberley at 5, 6 and 10 with more on what caused the flooding and if it could happen again.
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2016 FORECAST
If you're starting your weekend early on Friday - be prepared for potential heavy rain and severe storms. If you'll be waiting until Saturday, the weather will be much better for any memorial services, BBQ's and gatherings with family and friends. I'm knocking the rain chance down to 20% Saturday with highs near 90 and even lower to just 10% for Sunday and Memorial Day Monday.
The rain sent lake levels rising last week, but they're now falling again. Lake Travis was at 104% with Lake Buchanan at 94% and combined storage at 100% Monday. Check the levels here: http://hydromet.lcra.org/riverreport/report.aspx
With our recent rain, mold continues to be high. We also had grass pollen at low. Get the latest allergy report from Allergy & Asthma Associates here: https://twitter.com/atxpollen
Meteorologist Jordan Steele
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