San Angelo and West Texas are in the grips of a significant drought. Reservoirs, lakes, ponds, tanks, rivers and streams are drying up as a lack of rainfall to replenish water supplies combines with high temperatures, low humidity and constant winds to cause major evaporation.
The National Weather Service office in San Angelo issued a Heat Advisory for part of the Big Country just north of San Angelo where the high temperature in Abilene is forecast at 102 degrees; San Angelo avoided that Heat Advisory for Monday afternoon with a forecast high of 101.
The Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine’s Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt (GOSH) returns for a third year of carefree fun across Texas. Travel to various locations on the magazine’s list, take a selfie and post it with the hashtag #GOSH2022.
Today’s lake level is 1055.81, down almost 8" from a week ago (1056.44) and down 2'11" from a month ago (1058.69). We are about 1.5" below the record low of 1055.93, set May 23 2013. (Data from Texas Water Development Board).
While the oppressive record heat of 108 to 110 degrees has subsided a bit Thursday and there are no heat warnings or advisories, West Texas is still facing at least ten more straight days with temperatures above 100.
The Texas A&M Forest Service has mobilized at least 105 dozers, 87 engines, and three motograders across Texas. In addition, 38 aircraft, including five large airtankers, one very large airtanker, 12 single engine airtankers, one lead place, five air attack platforms, and 12 helicopters have been activated to support firefighters combatting active wildfires
With record temperatures, gusty southeast winds and low humidity, the Excessive Heat Warning has been extended through 10 p.m. Wednesday night and a Fire Danger Statement has been issued for Wednesday afternoon.
Heat records could fall across West Texas Tuesday as San Angelo and Abilene are expected to set heat records as wildfire danger returns to the area and that Excessive Heat Warning has been extended through Wednesday.