Cup half-empty? We need more rain!

The view from Lake Buchanan as rain fell in central Texas.
The view from Lake Buchanan as rain fell in central Texas.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The anticipated rain in Central Texas Thursday didn’t amount to much.

May and June are traditionally the wettest months of the year in the area, but since 2010 the drought has continued.

Meteorologist Bob Rose with the Lower Colorado River Authority believes in order for there to be an impact on the water supply, especially with the Highland Lakes chain, it will take several inches of rain over an extended period of time.

“We need to get enough run off where it can make it into the lakes. I think we are talking several inches of rain, maybe 4, 5, 6 inches of rain to really change the water supply standpoint,” said LCRA Meteorologist Bob Rose.

That means the very dry ground needs to become saturated first before there is any type of runoff into the streams and creeks.

When it comes to landscape, ranches see a difference with just 1 inch of rain.

For home landscaping we don’t need much to turn off the sprinklers.

“If you were to receive one or two inches of rain at your house I think you could turn them off for at least a week because it’s going to put a lot of water down into the top few inches of the soil and things are going to green up a little bit more and you’ll see a lot of the vegetation perk up,” said Rose.

This is certainly not the area’s first drought – many weather experts are comparing it to the one from the 1950’s that lasted 10 years.

The National Weather Service is predicting an El Nino to develop this summer – that would mean possibly a wetter than normal summer to winter. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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