It’s not like you needed anyone to tell you, but now it’s official. The summer of 2011 in Texas was the hottest ever in the US, at 86.8F avg for June-Aug, according to the Natl Weather Service. While some burnt-orange face-painters in Austin are always happy to beat out #2 Oklahoma in anything, this is not a trophy to brag about. Lake Travis dipped below 632ft this week (down 50ft). The last time it was below 630ft was in the 1960s.
Summer Sailing Wrap-up: Despite the heat and low lake levels, we had a solid summer of junior sailing and made the best of things (club newsletter pdf). More than 100 kids participated in sailing classes and camps, we closed out the summer with an inaugural “Roadrunner Cruise” and welcomed seven new junior members. Here’s the junior practice schedule for this fall: Beginners will be Thursdays 4:30pm – 7:00pm; Green Fleet racers, Saturdays 1:30pm – 4:00pm; Lasers, Saturdays 4:00pm – 6:30pm. Contact Coach Kate (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
Aerial Firefighting: Glad that the lake was put to use in supplying water to help douse the incredible fires in Bastrop and central Texas, part of a number of aerial firefighting efforts. Our thoughts go out to all in nearby Steiner Ranch and Bastrop who lost homes in the fires. Check out #centraltxfires on Twitter for updates.
On the bright side, we’ve fared better than some…