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Memorial Day Weekend Storms

 

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

HOLIDAY WEEKEND STORMS
While daily 20-30% rain chances continue, I'm keying in on the Saturday night to Sunday morning time-frame for the possibility of another heavy rain-maker with potential to bring 2-4" of rain along with more flash flooding.  If you have plans to head out camping or to the lake - Friday night and Sunday night don't look too bad, but Saturday night is looking like it could be rough.  (Similar to last Saturday night to Sunday morning as well as the Wednesday night to Thursday morning storms). 

TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN
We have not recovered from our previous rounds of heavy rain just yet.  Atxfloods.com was still at 65 closures as of Thursday evening.  Check atxfloods.com for road closure updates.  It may take some time for all the creeks, streams and rivers to go back in their banks.

WARMING UP
The cold front that dropped through early Thursday sent temps falling into the 60s!  Our official high was in the pre-dawn hours at 76...which means we did not set any records for the cold.  Our normal high? 88.  We should see highs in the 80s for the next 7 days, but it might not be 'til late next week where we meet or beat that 88.  Such is expected with our cooler than normal/wetter than normal spring so far.

THE LAKES
Lake Travis topped 635 feet Thursday and has now rise 6 feet in the last month and 4.3 feet in the last week!  It is now up to 43% full.  The forecast?  Lake Travis could climb to 637 feet in the coming days!  Pace Bend Park's Tournament Point Boat Launch and Mansfield Dam's Boat Launch are both open.

THE DROUGHT
The height of the drought for the Lone Star State was October 11th, 2011 when 100% of the state was in drought, and more than 70% in exceptional drought (the highest category).  The latest Drought Monitor released Thursday showed statewide the number has fallen to 36% with 0% in exceptional drought.  Here in Central Texas, the drought map is clear for the Austin metro points east, but the Hill Country still has spots ranging from Abnormally Dry to Severe Drought.  More: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?TX

STORM TRACKER FORECAST

Friday: 81 Cloudy, scattered showers/storms possible.  Rain Chance: 30%. Winds: E/SE 5-10.  *Morning Low: 64
Saturday:  85 Mostly cloudy, scattered showers/storms possible.  Storms LIKELY at night - mainly after midnight.  Rain Chance: 50% by day, 80% at night. Winds: S 10-15.  *Morning Low: 69
Sunday:  80  Showers/storms likely- especially early.  Rain Chance: 80%. Winds: S 10-15.  *Morning Low: 70
Memorial Day Monday: 85 Showers/storms possible, especially early.  Rain Chance: 40%.  Winds: SE 5-10.  *Morning Low: 71
Tuesday: 87  Partly sunny, scattered showers/storms.  Rain Chance: 30%. Winds: S 5-10.  *Morning Low: 71
Wednesday: 88  Partly cloudy, only an isolated shower or storm.  Rain Chance: 20%. Winds: SE 5-10.  *Morning Low: 71
Thursday: 89  Partly cloudy, only an isolated shower or storm.  Rain Chance: 20%. Winds: SE 5-15.  *Morning Low: 72

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Take Care!
-Chikage

KEYE-TV Chief Meteorologist Chikage Windler

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