Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Twin Buttes Up Nearly 2 Feet

The North Pool at Twin Buttes rose nearly two feet from recent rains.  That could go higher with more runoff rain in the watershed.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Runoff Rain in Concho Valley

Heavy rain is currently falling in the watershed for area lakes.  A flash flood warning is in effect until 10:30 pm.  It could be a difference maker for San Angelo's surface water supplies and area water enthusiasts.  May we be blessed with life giving rains and that everyone remains safe.

Update 5-15-18:   Another evening of flash flood rains in the watershed.  The South Concho in Christoval is flowing at 200 cubic feet per second, up from 20-30.  The Middle Concho ran at nearly 6000 cubic feet for second, reaching a height of seventeen feet.  The North Concho at Grape Creek briefly flowed at 800 cubic feet per second. 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

South Pool 30 Feet Higher than North

The Equalization Channel has a healthy flow but not enough to keep the North Pool at a steady level.   The South Pool sits at 1927.6 feet in elevation according to an elevation marker.

The North Pool's last reading was 1896.72.  That's a difference of 30 feet. 

South Pool:

North Pool:

Both pools remain viable for windsurfing and paddle boarding.  The water is warm enough to do either without neoprene.  I hope to be out on the water again soon.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

North Pool Down

The North Pool at Twin Buttes is down over eight feet in the last year. Pray for rain.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Big Bass Caught at Twin Buttes

San Angelo Live noted Austin Terry's supreme catch yesterday evening at Twin Buttes Reservoir.  He landed a 13.4 pound largemouth bass.  The North Pool is down several feet from last fall so getting a boat in is more difficult.

The water should start warming with our improved weather and more direct sunshine.  Given Austin's catch fishing also will be heating up.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

South Pool Brushfire at Twin Buttes

San Angelo Live reported:

Firefighters from four volunteer departments knocked down a brushfire along the equalization channel near the South pool of Twin Buttes Reservoir Sunday.  Volunteers firefighters at the scene said the fire burned about 30 acre.
How did they get access?  The City installed pipe rail years ago to minimize bad behavior at Twin Buttes. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fall Ushers in Changes

This past Friday and Saturday evening I rode God's breathe on the water.  I windsurfed the North Pool at Twin Buttes.  Friday I rode my Mistral Equipe courseboard powered by a 6.6 sq. meter sail.  Saturday I started on that but switched to a F2 higher volume shortboard with stronger gusts.  I zipped across the water on that rig. The water was warm enough to be comfortable waiting for gust to waterstart.

On Labor Day I paddle boarded from the temporary boat ramp at the North Pool to the Twin Buttes dam.  The water level was down about four feet from its peak earlier this year.  That drop is a foot shy of our annual evaporation toll.  Shorter days and cooler nights help keep water in the lake.

Before that I windsurfed the outer bands from Hurricane Harvey.   I was on a light air course board with a 6.6 sail.  The gusts would've been fun on a shortboard but the lulls taxing on my hands.  This aging thing is tough.

With the city using Lake Ivie and Hickory Aquifer for our daily water needs pressure is light on moving water out of Twin Buttes Reservoir.  The city released Twin Buttes water in the past to keep Lake Nasworthy at a safe level for boat races.  It also releases water to meet the needs of downstream water rights holders.

San Angelo's two-day Lucas Oil Fall Shootout event, originally scheduled for September 30 - October 1, was cancelled in mid July.  Lucas Oil decided to cut three events to ensure the viability of the race series.

The South Concho River, Spring Creek and Dove Creek keep flowing into Twin Buttes.  Our rains are a blessing in light of our longstanding blistering heat.  I pray for all God can grant us.  The water will be cooler when I get back out.  It should be invigorating.