Winter temperatures soar in Central Texas


by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and photojournalist JOHN GUSKY

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Posted on February 7, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 7 at 7:41 PM

AUSTIN -- The calendar says winter but the weather says spring!

Just two weeks ago, Austin Bergstrom International Airport recorded an all time high: 85 degrees on January 27th.

Austin is already in bloom said Starr West, secretary of the Lake Creek Homeowners Association in Austin. West showed KVUE some flowers already beginning to bud.

"We haven't even finished winter pruning yet," West said.

West said she sees people out, watering their lawn. She advises people to conserve water since Austin is in the waste water averaging cycle.

"What I'm trying to tell people in our neighborhood is that they really should be conserving water right now because this is what's going to determine their rates a little later on," she said.

New this year, waste water rates will be based on your average water use for all three months. The highest use month will no longer be dropped from the equation.

Matt Stamm, president of Cougar Irrigation in Austin, said since most people are in waste water averaging right now, they're trying to not water their lawns. But Stamm said it could be tempting to uncoil the hose by March.

"It's getting to the point where lawns are going to be coming out of dormancy a lot sooner than they did in the last couple of years. Because of the warm weather, we're seeing a lot of plants already blooming and things that you'd see in April," he said.

Stamm's crews are installing a sprinkler system designed to water just the areas needed at a North Austin home.

"Long term, it's going to save water and save a lot of our water in our reservoirs," he said.