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2013-01-24

Measurable, pleasurable rainfall

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

According to precipitation reports sent in to the Communty Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) by volunteers throughout the county, almost every area of Bandera County has enjoyed measurable precipitation in the first two weeks of 2013.
Most of the rain fell between Jan. 4 and Jan. 9, with some areas totaling just over three inches.
A volunteer north of Medina reported 1.24 inches in that time period. A gauge halfway between Bandera and Medina on FM 3240 won the rain sweepstakes with a total of 3.07 inches. A gauge halfway between Bandera and Pipe Creek came close with a total of 3.04 inches.
A volunteer on FM 1283 near Lakehills collected 2.99 inches.
Despite the welcome moisture, the county remains under the severe drought conditions that have continued through the past two years, with aquifer levels low.
The USGS gage at the Medina River at Patterson Road in Medina showed a slight uptick of the river height on the morning of Jan. 9, from 4.4 feet on Jan. 8 to 4.6 feet.
USGS also noted a slight rise in the elevation of the level of Medina Lake, which hovered just less than 991.80 feet on Jan. 9. The crest of the spillway at the dam is 1,064 feet, putting the lake 72 feet down.