AUSTIN (KXAN) - The rainy pattern we saw across central Texas on Friday is persisting Saturday.
A series of disturbances continue to rotate through the area riding an upper-level trough. These disturbances are interacting with plentiful low and mid-level moisture, combining to form scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms for the second day in a row.
Rainfall totals Friday were the heaviest Metro Austin has seen in 2013 – totaling over 3 inches at both Camp Mabry and ABIA. This erased our year-to-date deficit, and caused the temporary closure of a few local low-water crossings.
The geographical placement of the heaviest rains has not been ideal for yielding lake level rises, but has done a good job of saturating our dry soil and leading to some runoff. The heaviest rain totals have mainly been concentrated in the Lake Austin and Lady Bird Lake watersheds.
These constant-level lakes are located below the variable-level Lakes Travis and Buchanan, so will not contribute to lake level rises. Rainfall amounts in the Lake Travis and Buchanan watersheds, although not as impressive as in the Metro area, have been beneficial as well – mainly ranging from one to two inches.
This type of weather pattern is not conducive for much severe weather in terms of hail or tornadoes, but is conducive for a different threat.
As these storms move south-to-north along the similarly-oriented line of rain, that leads to what meteorologists call "cell training". Training is when heavy rains – instead of moving through an area and clearing out – continue to move over the same areas repeatedly. Training frequently leads to heavy rainfall totals and flash flooding. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for most of central Texas until 8 a.m. Sunday.
As the on and off heavy rains continue, remember "Turn Around – Don't Drown!"
You can monitor for the latest real-time flooding and road-closure information here.
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