Lake Travis returns to full capacity following recent rain

Lake Travis from the Oasis Camera on Aug. 22, 2016.
Lake Travis from the Oasis Camera on Aug. 22, 2016.

The summer of 2016 may go down as one of extremes on both sides of the spectrum — featuring several 2-3 week dry spells book ended by flooding rains in May and August.

On June 6, Lake Travis climbed to the 9th highest level in history after deadly flooding in Central Texas. This was the highest level observed since 2007.

  • June 6 level — 692.6 ft. above sea level

Travis only declined by several feet during the following weeks of dry, hot weather — thanks in large part to continued inflow from creeks and rivers.

After tallying 24 100-degree days between June 28 and August 12, parts of the Lake Travis inflow region have received more than 15 inches of rain over the past two weeks.

  • Current level — 681.2 ft. above sea level (full elevation is 681′)

Drier weather is forecast to return Tuesday and Wednesday, but more rain is expected later this week.

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