Not a very original title, I know. My brain is just tired. Any conversation I have with stranger and friends alike, always mentions the weather.
It is shaping up to be the hottest, driest year ever in Austin, TX. I said, EVER.
On average, we have 11 days above 100* for the entire year. So far, since the middle of May, we've already had 20! We still have 3 months of summer left. Our summer temperatures last well until the end of September. Just last summer we had a record 50 days above 100*. The forecast has us beating that. If there was ever a time Texans didn't want to "win" by beating one thing over another, that time is now.
Our local lakes have dropped an astonishing 27+ feet already and there is NO rain in sight. Not for the rest of the summer. I'm not kidding. Short of a hurricane in the gulf, it probably won't rain any appreciable amount until the El Nino gets moving in October in the Pacific. I sure don't want a hurricane so we can have some rain, though. I saw on the news the other night that the lake I'm speaking of (Lake Travis) was once lower than it is now. Sometime in the 1950's it was down 47 feet! Still had water in it, but not much.
If it doesn't rain, we're going to have do some major rethinking about the water supply at our house. We are on a well. At some point, the aquifer is going to drop lower than our pump---then what? We have no access to 'city' water. We don't even have fire hydrants in our area. Those folks that throw cigarette butts out car windows are not welcome in our neck of the woods.
I wonder if weather has always been bizarre and we just didn't hear about it? I know I have blogger friends in Maine that are so wet that their gardens are nearly a complete loss. The immediacy of the computer age enables us to know things that we might never have heard about otherwise. Weather is just one of those things.
So, this blog really has no ending. No lesson learned. Just me, posting for posterity. Today's forecast: 98*, sunny, no rain. WooHoo, a cold snap. :)