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Will 2008 Go Down as Second-Driest Year in San Antonio History?

By December 1, 2008

With December now upon us, the internet will be flooded with recaps of the big stories of 2008. While Presidential elections may take up a big part of those retrospectives, a more dubious honor may be in store for San Antonio when residents take a look back at 2008.

Unless there is a substantial amount of rainfall in December (which is highly unlikely), 2008 will go down as the second-driest year in the history of the city. It may take a minute for that to sink in, but the proof is in the pudding. A quick look at the San Antonio Water System's Aquifer Level and Stats Page gives some grim stats. The total rainfall to date for 2008 is 13.46". The normal is 31.02", meaning we have had less than half the normal rainfall for our area.

So what does this mean for the Aquifer, and the city? There is always a plan, as I have noted in my article about San Antonio Water Rights and Usage.


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