Are you planning on spending time on the River soon? As a friend of the Alliance and Texan, you know that the weather changes unpredictably. What weather patterns can you expect for the remainder of 2023?
Perhaps a wetter and cooler summer than usual!
As pictured below, the climate pattern known as La Niña brings drier-than-normal conditions to Texas and other southern states, but some meteorologists, including LCRA’s Chief Meteorologist Bob Rose, have reported that changes are coming.
Since March, ocean temperatures have rapidly increased in a short period of time, suggesting that La Niña is on her way out. In April, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced it was now on the lookout for the opposite climate shift—El Niño. The watch was established because “conditions are favorable for the development of El Niño within the next six months,” the agency wrote. Provided La Niña slows down as expected, an El Niño weather pattern will take its place and guide a much-needed wet and cool jet stream across the south.
Here’s the key take-away: this summer may not be as hot or dry as summer 2022.
A helpful FAQ from our partner Austin Water
about rainwater harvesting:
- It’s cost effective! Rain is free and the only cost is collection and use.
- Rainwater provides a reliable source when groundwater is unavailable or contaminated.
- Harvesting reduces runoff to storm drains and reduces the spread of non-point source pollution.