Tornadoes, drought top San Antonio area's 2012 weather headlines

South Texas remains in long-term drought

Author: Justin Horne, Meteorologist/Reporter,
Published On: Jan 03 2013 04:34:34 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 03 2013 04:48:56 AM CST
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Mother Nature was busy in 2012 and perhaps most powerful in March.

Tornadoes leveled homes in Medina and Bexar counties in late March as severe storms raced across South Texas. That was after snow fell in the Hill Country in February.

In May, severe storms made a surprise hit on San Antonio, leaving a trail of damage.

In June, destruction was visible in Carrizo Springs, when violent winds from a downburst downed power lines and destroyed buildings.

KSAT aired viewer video showing large hail to the size of baseballs falling in Uvalde during a July thunderstorm.

Flooding made its mark in 2012, too. Flood waters rose quickly in San Antonio after heavy rains pounded the area in September.

Meanwhile, South Texas remained in drought and locations like Medina Lake continued to feel the effects. This, despite the fact that San Antonio International Airport saw rainfall totals around 7 inches above normal for the year.

"The outlying areas actually got less than normal and some of them by as much as 10 to 15 inches below normal for the year 2012,” said Monte Oaks, a forecaster for the National Weather Service.

The effects of 2012’s weather on Medina Lake could be long-lasting.

"It’s on track to run dry if we don’t get any significant rainfall in the next six months,” said Oaks.

The hope is that 2013 will bring a cure to the dry weather as rain is in the forecast for the first week of the New Year.

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