This Day in Weather History: August 17th

The Edwards Aquifer bottoms out at 612.5 feet during the historic drought of the 1950s

On this day in 1956, the Edwards Aquifer was approaching its all-time low, in the midst of a record drought.
On this day in 1956, the Edwards Aquifer was approaching its all-time low, in the midst of a record drought.

It was on this day in 1956, that the Edwards Aquifer (at the J-17 well) hit its lowest point of 612.5 feet. It occurred during one of the worst droughts in South Texas history. The Edwards Aquifer is now highly regulated, keeping levels from going that low again.


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Justin Horne is a meteorologist and reporter for KSAT 12 News. When severe weather rolls through, Justin will hop in the KSAT 12 Storm Chaser to safely bring you the latest weather conditions from across South Texas. On top of delivering an accurate forecast, Justin often reports on one of his favorite topics: Texas history.