AUSTIN (KXAN) — Even after a handful of “ice days” since the beginning of 2014, Central Texas rain gauges remain alarmingly empty – and the drought’s impact on the Highland Lakes is growing more severe.
During the first two months of 2014, 20,257 acre-feet of water flowed into Lakes Buchanan and Travis.
To put that into perspective, that is about half of what we saw during the first two months of 2011 (37,464 acre-feet). The 2011 Highland Lakes inflows were the lowest in history.
Even more staggering, the amount of water that has flowed into the lakes so far this year is only 13.5 percent of the average inflows. These are the lowest numbers since the 1950s.
If a wetter weather pattern fails to materialize during the next few months, LCRA projections show that the levels of lakes Buchanan and Travis could dip lower than the “Drought of Record” in the 1950s by the end of this summer.