That’s the forecast of meteorologist Bob Rose with the Lower Colorado River Authority.
“This long-term spell of wet weather is very unusual—even for the [normally wet] month of May. A good part of this wet pattern can be traced to the moderate El Niño that is in place [off the coast of Chile]. The El Niño looks to continue through the summer and the upcoming fall.”
The ground in much of Austin and environs is saturated, so with more rain expected this weekend and throughout next week, flooding could be just around the corner.
“I want to remind everyone to be very cautious around area creeks, streams and low water crossings,” Rose concludes. “All of these can rise very quickly as we get additional rains. If you encounter a flooded roadway or low water crossing, please remember not to cross any barricades and Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”
UPDATE: Mr. B.’s scout Troop 511 has canceled its weekend camping at El Rancho Cima, west of San Marcos: “The [Blanco] river has risen and is unsafe, and the ground is saturated and swamp like. All other Troops have canceled their camping plans this weekend.”
That’s rather good news, at least for Colorado river that is in such dire need of filling up.
It’s the reservoirs along the Colorado that are low, reservoirs that create lakes for recreation and, lately, high-priced, shore-side real estate.
Big rains this morning on our area and its saturated ground produced a mini-version of the Back Forty waterfalls we’ve had in the past.
Then the rains stopped and the radar shows no more in the offing. Until next time. Chances are 40 percent or better through Monday night and flooding almost occurred this morning: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/flash-flood-warning-until-845-this-morning/nmH34/