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Adios Sometimes Islands


The runoff from the recent 27 days of rain has slowed to a trickle on Lake Travis. But it was enough in the last few days to cover the Sometimes Islands at 667.63 feet above mean sea level. Say goodbye to the drought, all you global warming believers. Bye, bye.

A full Lake Travis


It probably won’t last at this height of slightly more than 681 feet above mean sea level, not if La Nina kicks in and we get another dry, scorching summer. But it’s certainly an improvement over last summer’s view of this then-dry upper end of Cypress Creek Arm.

Garrett Gilbert’s promise

Not many people had ever heard of nineteen-year-old Garrett Gilbert when he was rushed onto the field last night at the Rose Bowl to substitute for the injured Colt McCoy.  Garrett is better known here where he led his Lake Travis team to two state championships.

His father Gale played QB in the NFL, for Seattle, San Diego and Buffalo. And, despite his lapses last night, including fumbles, interceptions and overthrown passes, Garrett is not used to losing. In fact, “the last time he lost a game, he won the next 30 straight.”

Wooden Boat

Building, launching and sailing a wooden Catboat on Lake Travis. Since she draws just thirty inches, this year’s drought is of little concern. I’m envious.

Lake Travis: The Sometimes Islands



Years ago, one of the daily’s photographers (I hesitate to guess which one) took a couch out to one of the Islands, propped an Elvis-on-velvet on it and immortalized the droughty geography. This photo is from June. Probably worse now, since there’s been no rain to speak of. But there will be. With El Nino returning, the lake will be rising by winter. Probably higher than people want by then.

Lake Travis’s better days


A familiar view, from my sailing days, coming out of Cypress Creek Arm into the main basin. Heading west. Lake’s much lower than this now, but it’ll come back. It always has, AGW and other doomsday predictions to the contrary notwithstanding.

Plummeting Lake Travis

All our triple digit days means the big lake in the Highlands chain is dropping 1.5 to 2 feet a week now, according to the LCRA:

1) 614.18′ set in August of 1951
2) 615.02′ set in November of 1963
3) 636.58′ set in October of 1984
4) 640.08′ set on July 13, 2009 639.53 set on July 17, 2009 (and falling)
5) 640.24′ set in October of 2000

But, as you can see, there’s still a long ways to go before it’s hitting real record territory. Some slight fauna and flora relief is in sight for the weekend, but probably nothing meaningful for the lake.

Via KVUE’s Mark Murray.