Last Seven Months Were Fourth-Driest Period in San Antonio Since 1885, NWS Says
The period between June 1 and Dec. 15 was the fourth-driest in recent history, according to climate records that date back to 1885.
This year’s data was recorded at San Antonio International Airport, according to the U.S. National Weather Service San Antonio-Austin.
“Many of you in the San Antonio area are keenly aware of this, but it’s been rather dry this year,” the organization posted on its Facebook page Wednesday.
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According to a fact sheet for South Central Texas (Austin/San Antonio) issued today by the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), November and December have been very dry following on the heels of an already dry October.
“Fall across the region is typically the second-wettest part of the year,” it said. “Winter on the other hand tends to see lower rainfall amounts and with the current La Nina pattern well-established and expected to continue into Spring 2021, the prospects for rainfall are not looking promising at this time.”
The worst conditions are generally along and to the west of I-35.
The Edwards Aquifer remains several feet below the average for this time of year.
Currently, 82-percent of South Central Texas is experiencing severe-drought to extreme-drought conditions. Comal County falls in the extreme category and remains under a burn ban.
The U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook indicates drought conditions will persist across the region through March 31, 2021.
For more information, contact the Austin/San Antonio National Weather Service in New Braunfels at 830-606-3617 or visit www.weather.gov/austin/.