With the extreme hot and dry weather showing no signs of relenting, LCRA forecasts that this drought could become the worst on record by early spring.
The 11 months from October 2010 through August 2011 have been the driest for that 11-month period in Texas since 1895, when the state began keeping rainfall records. This summer in Texas has been the hottest in the country's history, according to the National Weather Service.
These historically hot and dry conditions have reduced the flow of water in the tributaries that feed the Highland Lakes, the region's water supply reservoirs, to a trickle. September is on track to be the lowest single month for inflows on record, and 2011 is on pace to have the lowest inflows of any year in history.
Lake Travis is currently 39% full. Click here for daily river data from the LCRA.