Lake Travis One Year Later
Drought Summer 2009Click thumbnail to view full-size
Two Year Drought
This time last year, it began to rain. Two years of drought reduced Lake Travis levels to just 50 percent of its capacity. The weather in the summer of 2009 was hot and dry. Temperatures were not excessive, there was just no measurable rain to fill the lakes and water the dry parched land.
A new weather pattern settled in the area sometime in the month of August, 2009. La Nina moved on and El Nino returned. The rain came in waves and refilled Lake Travis to full capacity by the Spring of 2010. Area businesses rejoiced after two difficult years.
What Color!Click thumbnail to view full-size
The Fall leaves were especially colorful in 2009 because of the increased rain. Many trees suffered during the months of arid weather, but recuperated as the rains soaked their roots again. We had brilliant Fall color in the area.
End of August 2010Click thumbnail to view full-size
Most of the summer has been relatively mild. Temperatures did not reach 100 degrees until the month of August. Most of August has been extremely warm with temperatures soaring over the century mark for much of the month, including a record day of 107 degrees. Rain has been sporadic, often sparked by hot afternoon temps. These occasional showers were welcome relief from the heat.
The lake levels have remained at normal summer levels. Currently at eighty percent full, Lake Travis is exhibiting the end of the summer appearance. Dry grassy patches of land, usually covered by water, have become part of the surrounding landscape of the lake front. Boat ramps are longer due to the lower lake levels, but are still easy to use.
It has been an interesting year around our Lakes. In the last twelve months, Lake Travis has come full circle with water levels that were extremely low to full and now to normal levels. If you visit the area for Labor Day, enjoy!