Bring On The Rain… Please…

December 5th, 2012 at 9:15 am by under Weather

Here we go again.  The once large 2012 rain surplus (compared to average) has faded to just .45″.  Even though we got some “rain” yesterday, it wasn’t nearly enough.  Just a trace of rain fell at Camp Mabry yesterday afternoon, making it the 39th straight day without more than a trace of measurable rain.

Lake levels continue to drop, the Barton Springs flow is struggling, and the ground is drying out.  Therefore, some communities are starting to take action.  The latest burn ban to take effect…. Williamson County.  Here is the press release:

WILLIAMSON COUNTY ISSUES BURN BAN FOR 30 DAYS

December 4, 2012 (Williamson County, TX) – On Tuesday, December 4, the Williamson County Commissioners Court approved a burn ban for 30 days.  The County Judge was given the authority to lift the burn ban during this time if conditions improve.  A person violates this order if he burns any combustible material outside of an enclosure which serves to contain all flames and/or sparks, or orders such burning by others.  The burn ban prohibits the burning of household yard waste, such as leaves, grass, brush and other yard trimmings.  It also prohibits burning to clear land of trees, stumps, shrubbery, or other natural vegetation.  This order may be enforced by any duly-commissioned peace officer.  It is a Class C Misdemeanor that is punishable by a fine up to $500.

 Over the past four years our total rain deficit (compared to average) is 31.62″.  Compare that to the 30 year average for yearly rainfall of 34.24″ and that leaves us almost one whole year’s worth of rainfall short in just 4 years time.  Unbelievable.  Do your part…. do a rain dance…

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