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2013-05-30

County receives almost three inches of precip

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

In a refreshing change of pace, the CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network) volunteers had some precipitation to measure over the Memorial Day weekend.

The same storm event that dropped a foot of rain on San Antonio in a 24-hour period, causing severe flooding in some areas and the deaths of at least three people, dealt with Bandera County much more gently.

The rainfall here began on Friday and continued into Monday, May 27.

According to the CoCoRaHS reports, the heaviest rainfall came during a 24-hour period ending at 7 am Monday. The west end of the county measured from .72 inches to as much as 1.32 inches. Measurements in the central part of the county ranged from as little as .64 inches to 1.06 inches. The east end of the county, including the Medina Lake area, captured rainfall ranging from .20 inches to 1.41 inches.

Very light totals were reported for the 24 hours up to 7 am Sunday. One gauge in the west end caught almost a half inch of rain, but other CoCoRaHS sites reported as little as .02 inches.

Friday into Saturday morning saw the eastern portion of the county catching the most rainfall, with one gauge reporting as much as 1.33 inches. The west end followed with an inch and a quarter and the central part of the county totaled up 1.23 inches.

The USGS gauge at Patterson Road in Medina measured a half inch on both Friday and Saturday and about three quarters of an inch on Sunday. The river flow peaked at a little less than 4.45 feet on Sunday.

Bandera City's USGS gauge recorded a half-inch on Friday and another quarter of an inch Sunday. The Medina River peaked at a little over 4.50 on Sunday.

The USGS gauge at Medina Lake toted up 2.4 inches over the 3-day period and for the first time in a long time, the lake level actually rose - from 981.63 on May 24 to 981.97 on May 27.