Following weeks of continuous rainfall, Uvaldeans may have had their umbrellas on standby, but many had to reach for winter wear Monday morning when the temperature dropped to 44 degrees from a high of 86 the previous day.
The Uvalde Research Weather Station, monitored by the Uvalde AgriLife Research Center, collected .89 inches of rain on Monday and .58 inches on Tuesday. Temperatures on Monday included a high of 77 with a low of 44; Tuesday, 51, 45; Wednesday, 56, 50; today, 58, 55; and tomorrow, 66, 59.
“We have a lot of moisture flowing into the area and a cold front that previously moved through,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Platt. “Those two things combined and produced the rain in your area.”
Platt said rainfall is expected to continue through the weekend.
“We have rain chances in the forecast today… we are looking for probably another round of heavy rainfall late Wednesday night or early Thursday. Rain chances remain in the forecast through the upcoming weekend,” he said.
The precipitation brings the year-to-date rainfall total to 19.83. Last year at this time, the local rainfall totaled 21.39 inches, which was less than the 26.15 inches measured in 2016.
The 114-year average for Uvalde is 20.39 inches. The J-27 index well of the Edwards Aquifer measured Wednesday at 872.2, up slightly from Friday when it was measured at 871.5 feet above mean sea level.
Rain watchers from surrounding areas had varying measurements.
Craig Garnett, who resides on South Getty Street, measured 1.58 inches. In Barksdale, Mary Louise Baird measured 6.50 inches.
“Everything is out of bounds and it is mushy out there. I might have to swim to get around,” Baird said. In Leakey, JoAnn Fisher measured 5.30 inches.
“That amount in two days, woohoo!” Fisher said Tuesday. With regard to recent flooding, Fisher jokingly said residents may have asked for too much rain.
In Camp Wood, James Coleman measured 5.17 inches of rain.
“We have had a pretty good rain. The river is just a-rolling,” he said.
In Reagan Wells, Ricky Musquez recorded 3.60 inches, while Diane Causey of Utopia measured 2.80 inches.
“I’m still home. Can’t get to town,” Causey said. “I have some friends with big trucks. When I can’t stand it any longer I will call them,” she said, laughing.
J Hardie, who resides 4.5 miles north east of Knippa, measured 2.70 inches, while Enrique Garcia of Sabinal measured 1.49 inches.
Precipitation has caused rivers to rise and resulted in flooding in the Hill Country. According to the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office, deputies are patrolling all crossings to ensure proper authorities are notified to set up barricades when needed. Residents traveling the area are encouraged to visit drivetexas.org for updates on road closures.