A Wet First Two Weeks of JulyJuly 14th, 2012 at 11:27 am by davidyeomans under Weather
What a difference a year makes.
Last summer in Austin, July 1-13 featured twelve days at or above 100 degrees and only a trace of rain.
This July 1-13 in town, we’ve only had two days of triple-digit temperatures and we’ve enjoyed 1.88″ of rain!
The stark differences between the first half of July 2011 vs. July 2012 are due to a major difference in the large-scale weather pattern. Last July, an impenetrable ridge of high pressure refused to release its grip on the state, producing searing heat and virtually no rain. This year instead of high pressure ridging, low pressure troughs have been the rule! This has provided cooler temperatures, increased cloud cover, and better chances of rain. We can only hope that this will continue.
In the meantime, check out some rain totals from around the Austin area over the last two weeks (below). Although Camp Mabry has checked out with a very generous 1.88″ over the first 13 days of July, many other locations have been even more fortunate with 3-5″ of rain commonplace across the region. See if you can find the 8″+ total near Wilbarger Creek that lead to flash flooding on July 10.
These are brought to you courtesy of LCRA, and their interactive map is available to you anytime here.