AUSTIN (KXAN) — With no rain at Camp Mabry in Austin on Monday, we’ve tied 2011’s long rainless streak: 48 days in a row without measurable rainfall. This stretch also ties 1970, 1911 and 1904 for a spot in the top 20 longest consecutive dry periods in Camp Mabry’s history. Record keeping began at Camp Mabry in 1891.
If no rain falls at Camp Mabry by the end of August, Austin will be on a 62-day rain-free streak, which will be one of the top five longest consecutive dry periods Austin has ever seen. The record stands at 88 dry days, set in 1895.
The last time measurable rain fell at Camp Mabry was on June 30, when the area received 0.72 inches. A trace amount of rain was recorded on July 1, 3 and 7 but a “trace” amount is not considered measurable, as it contains less than one-one hundredth of an inch.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has already broken its dry streak. ABIA went 45 days without measurable rainfall, but 0.02 inches fell at the airport on Saturday, Aug. 15. The 45-day streak ranks as the 11th driest in the airport’s history. Records began at ABIA in 1942.
The good news is that chances of rain are increasing mid-week, thanks to a cold front in northern Texas. Measurable rainfall will be most likely on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Learn more about the KXAN First Warning Weather Team’s forecast here.