Hot then cool, dry then wet — Central Texas’ September weather had it all


Highlights

September’s highs in Austin hit 96, while the lows reached 53.

Airport set a daily rainfall record on Sept. 26.

The Austin area spent much of September drying out from Hurricane Harvey, and temperatures largely hewed close to normal ranges. September’s weather, by the numbers:

96: Highest temperature, in degrees, recorded at Austin’s two weather stations, Camp Mabry and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The National Weather Service reports Mabry hit 96 degrees three times — Sept. 5, 20 and 21.

77: Warmest low temperature at Camp Mabry, recorded on Sept. 19 and 20. Prevailing southeast winds carrying Gulf moisture increased cloud cover and humidity, which kept temperatures balmy at night.

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53: Lowest temperature recorded at Austin-Bergstrom, which broke the Sept. 7 daily record. Camp Mabry temperatures also hit a daily record low Sept. 7, when it got as chilly as 57.

2.03: Inches of rain recorded at Camp Mabry as of Friday, with 1.62 inches falling in one day, Sept. 26. The month began with 20 straight days of no rain before last week’s string of rainy days.

2.49: Inches of rain recorded Sept. 26 at Austin-Bergstrom, breaking the previous daily record set in 1973. The airport, which normally gets 2.54 inches for the whole month, saw 3.81 inches of rain as of Friday.

29.6: Percent of Texas seeing signs of drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday. About 25.3 percent of the state was at least “abnormally dry,” which indicates slow plant or pasture growth.

671.62: Level of Lake Travis, in feet above mean sea level. That is about 9 feet higher than the historical average in September.

85: Percent full Lake Travis is. Lake Buchanan is about 91 percent full.



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