Wet forecast excites Central Texans


by TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and photojournalist JOHN FISHER

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Posted on July 15, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 11:21 AM

AUSTIN -- In a state well into its third year of drought, rain is big news, no matter where you live.

Though it won't be a drought buster, every little bit helps. From business owners to homeowners, people are celebrating the wet weather.

Monday wasn't much of a day to be out on the water, unless you are an employee at Just For Fun on Lake Travis.

"There's always something to do with computers or booking or boat maintenance," Just For Fun Operations Manager Hawkeye Roth said.

There was a lot of movement of another kind. The marina actually moved the business 20-feet further away from shore into deeper water because lake levels are so low. Roth says the rain is always good news.

"We're not gonna turn down rain, we always say 'it's gonna rain', we just dont know when," Roth said.

Monday was the day, and a look out the window, or a trip outside proves we got it, all across the area. KVUE Storm Team Meteorologist Albert Ramon explained why. "We're in a very unusual weather pattern for July and an area of low pressure from the Mid-Atlantic has moved back into Texas and is drawing moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and that's why we have rain chances in the forecast through the weekend."

Bill Johnson has lived in the Austin-area for close to 30 years. He's just one of the customers at Miller's Market on Highway 29 who say the rain is always a welcome surprise.

"We get 0.2" or 0.3" or 0.8" if we're lucky, when everybody else gets pretty substantial rain. It's our time,"  Johnson said.

Roger Hatfield is a Paint Contractor who doesn't mind working indoors for awhile.

"I have a touch-up that I'm doing for inside work...Anything that's outside we won't do it until it dries up a little bit," Hatfield said.

Roth says a long stretch of rainy days will be good news for people who do business on area lakes.

The rain that falls in Burnet will flow into Lake Marble Falls and then into Lake Travis.

"Everybody knows it's gotta be longer and heavier than it is to really make a significant impact," Roth said.

Lake Travis levels have not risen just yet. The Lower Colorado River Authority says the lake is nearly 44 feet below its July average, and we would need what they call a "prolonged rain event" to make any kind of marked improvement to our water supply.