Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hot Hot HOT!!!

My God, I thought I was gonna pass out yesterday it was so hot I felt woozy. The TV weatherman said it was 102 in San Antonio officially and 106 in New Braunfels!!

Of course the McDonald's shake didn't help the wooziness cause of my diabetes but it did cool me off some.

I am so seriously wanting to close my door at work and put on shorts.

My yard looks like shredded wheat. Give us rain please!! 4-5 weeks of rain at least.

Bleh! No toobers in that river.

Drought, hot temperatures take toll on Guadalupe River
By Colin McDonald - Express-News

Record-high temperatures combined with the record drought are putting the Guadalupe River underground.

The National Weather Service recorded a high of 102 degrees at San Antonio International Airport on Wednesday, tying the mark set in 1994. While the sun was blazing, Canyon Lake was steadily dropping and setting its own record.

By Wednesday afternoon, the lake level had dropped to 895.83 feet above mean sea level. It has not been that low since the reservoir was created in 1958.

Water was coming into the lake via the Guadalupe River at 4.4 cubic feet per second and leaving at 60 cfs.

The Guadalupe Blanco River Authority is required by law to draw down the lake to meet the demands of downstream users. Even more water is lost every day due to evaporation.

“Every day that we don't get rainfall or some intake into the river, we are setting a new record,” river authority spokeswoman LaMarriol Smith said.

The exceptional drought status remains in place for northern Bexar County and almost all of Comal and Hays counties, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Just east of U.S. 281 and upstream from the lake, the Guadalupe River appeared to be nonexistent, with puddles dotting the limestone riverbed. Farther upriver at Guadalupe River State Park, the staff was recording a flow of 10.7 cfs — compared with an average flow there of 127 cfs.

While the low flow is upsetting for park visitors finding not enough water to float, it is not a new phenomenon. Because of the drought, the river has hit comparably low levels each of the past three years, according to the park staff.

Currently the worst in the country, the drought is expected to continue as summer progresses.