...Public information statement...
...Rains bring improvement to drought conditions to the South Plains and rolling plains...
Impressive Reservoir rises have been observed at Lake Alan Henry over the past few days with an 8.9 ft rise over the past week as of 5am. This brings it to its highest level since November 2012 at 76 pct of conservation capacity. White River lake has also risen to its highest levels since early 2013 at 6.3 pct full. This is an increase of over 700 acre feet in the past week. Lake MacKenzie saw little benefit with this event though it is running about 860 acre feet of water more than a year ago.
The double mtn Fork of the Brazos had a second brief excursion above action stage on Saturday and has fallen below since 7pm Saturday.
The highest 5 day totals in our area from the West Texas mesonet as of 6 am are noted... --------------------- Slaton 5.56" Sundown 4.70" O'Donnell 4.62" Wolfforth 4.42" Brownfield 4.11" Post 3.90"
Of note...Fluvanna and Gail just to our south received 9.62" and 15.26" respectively.
While these mesonet totals are impressive for this part of the country they do not reflect the area of highest precipitation in our County Warning Area which appear to have fallen between Brownfield and Lamesa. Dual-pol radar estimates that 10.5 to 11 inches has fallen since mid day on the 19th of September just east of the community of Union in Terry County. Another broad area of 4 to 6 inches fell between New Home and Brownfield during this same timeframe.
It is important that while some parts of the area saw a lot of rain...the hydrologic effects of the drought since 2010 continue to be with US though there is little doubt that these rains have helped the short to medium term situation across the southern part of our area.
Graphs of river and Reservoir data are available are http://water.Weather.Gov/ahps2/index.Php?Wfo=lub all lower case.
.Outlook... Additional rainfall is expected through much of the work week in the form of isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms...but the threat for widespread heavy rainfall appears very low at this time.