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Critical Thresholds, Extreme Weather, and Building Resilience: San Angelo Case Study

The City of San Angelo is located in West Texas. Home to Angelo State University and the Goodfellow Air Force Base, this mid-sized city has seen large population growth, nearly doubling its population since the 1960s. With this growth, the city has been challenged by sprawl and in the late 2000s began efforts to revitalize its downtown and increase density in its urban core. The city lies at the junction of the North and South Concho Rivers.

The project team worked with local participants to identify thresholds related to issues ranging from ice storms and wildfire to hot days and heavy precipitation events. The community knew that they had concerns related to heavy rainfall, but were surprised and concerned about how the increase in temperature could create more frequent or more intense periods of drought. (Download the report to view climate projections for the future.)

As a result of this project, the city purchased and installed a weather monitoring station near some recreational fields and a rainwater harvesting system at the Bosque Park in downtown San Angelo. These projects demonstrate city leadership on important issues like managing water in a region prone to both droughts and extreme precipitation events. It also creates a foundation for better understanding weather information for the region and sharing that information with the community to build climate and weather literacy. 

Funded by: NOAA Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP)