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El Niño has eased San Antonio's drought, and more rain coming this week

NOAA satellite image of Texas on April 29, 2024 before rainy change expected this week
NOAA satellite image of Texas on April 29, 2024, before rainy changes expected this week.

San Antonio's El Niño winter and spring have eased the city's drought conditions, but the impact of warm tropical waters in the Pacific Ocean on local weather is weakening.

The city's year-to-date rainfall is running three inches above average. Nearly a foot of rain has fallen at San Antonio International Airport since Jan. 1.

Drought conditions across the city are now in the moderate range, still a big improvement from a year ago when San Antonio had some of the worst drought conditions in the nation, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Some of the worst drought conditions in the nation still persist to the west and north of San Antonio in Bandera, Blanco, Gillespie, Kerr and Medina counties.

San Antonio residents remain under Stage 2 water restrictions and can only use automated sprinklers once a week based on street address.

The Edwards Aquifer water level stood at 638 feet on Monday but would need to rise 22 feet before all water restrictions could be lifted.

More rain is expected this week as cool air tops the mountains of Mexico and collides with warm air over South Texas.

Daytime afternoon heating will also add to the expected rainy weather pattern.

Some of the city could see rain as early as Tuesday but the best rain chances will be Wednesday and Thursday.

Forecasters said there is potential for some excessive rainfall should thunderstorms form a line and train over the same area.

Low rain chances will continue into the weekend.

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