Volente e-News

December 31, 2008

Drought Continues; Fireworks & Burn Bans

Drought Conditions Expected To Continue

Weather announcers are pointing out that 2008 is one of the driest years on record for Central Texas. The area received only 16 inches of precipitation this year, which is 19 inches below normal and 30 inches less than received in 2007. This was the driest year since 1956.
It may not get better in 2009.
The following excerpt is from LCRA's website. Please see http://www.lcra.org/water/drought/index.html for the full article:
"...According to the latest National Drought Monitor, most of Central Texas and parts of the Hill Country have now reached "exceptional" drought status, the worst of the four categories of drought. Exceptional drought is considered rare, typically occurring with a frequency of about one in 20 years.
...Inflows to the Highland Lakes for the year are less than 30 percent of average...Recreation on the Highland Lakes will be impacted by the decline in elevations.
...Weather trends and long-range weather forecasts indicate a drier than normal pattern will likely persist through winter...La Nina patterns typically cause drier than normal weather conditions across most of Texas in the fall and winter months. Some rain will fall from time to time over the next couple of months, but rain totals are not expected to be heavy enough to have a significant impact on the ongoing drought."

REMINDER: Two Fireworks Bans plus Burn Ban in Effect

rockets and missiles bannedDue to the continuing high fire danger, Travis County commissioners have issued a county-wide ban on sale, possession or use of fireworks with "sticks and fins" - that is, skyrockets with sticks and missiles with fins. Violations are punishable with a $500 fine.
Further, the Village of Volente has issued a ban on all fireworks within the Village limits.
We continue to be in a serious drought situation with a county-wide outdoor burning ban also in effect. 
Enjoy the season but be very careful with all fires and obey all of the bans which are in effect.
VVFD Sign with Fireworks Ban, Burn Ban