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By: Hurricane1216 , 4:08 PM GMT on May 25, 2013
The Daily Crunch details today's weather events in the Greater Austin area, as defined by the counties of Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson.
Figure 1: Warnings and watches across the Austin-San Antonio Weather Forecast Office area this morning.
The severe and record flooding event that began yesterday continues into today and possibly into tonight and into Sunday. The rain can be attributed to an abundance of tropical moisture ignited by a stationary disturbance over the region. Since nightfall on May 23, radar has estimated that at least 3" of rain may have fallen in localized areas of the Greater Austin metro. Our friends in San Antonio have had it worse - radar estimates indicate at least 6-8" of rain may have fallen over a wide swath of Bexar County. Three official hydrograph stations there have exceeded all-time record highs. In Greater Austin the rain, while a lot, has not been particularly damaging, and low-water crossings remain generally open.
For the rest of today, expect continued wet and soaky weather across the Austin area. Eastern areas of the Greater Austin metro may get more heavier rainfall as the large mass of moisture plumes northeastward. For this afternoon, expect temperatures ranging from 79F-86F, and tonight, expect temperatures ranging from 78F-69F.
...and, as always during floods, stay safe when driving or outdoors. Turn around, and don't drown.
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