AUGUST 2011 READ BELOW
Just one year ago I thought the summer of 2010 was hard to endure. Now looking back, it was a bad. But not hideous. Reading back I seemed so hopeful that this was just a bump in the road. Now after a year of enduring drought I'm worn out hoping for rain. Tropical Storm Lee promised much but delivered little: just .04" of rain. About the same as getting the sidewalks wet. Hoping for a better winter with rain.
THE AUGUST OF 2011 IS NOW ON THE RECORD BOOKS FOR:
*MOST NUMBER OF DAYS OVER 100 (30 OF THE 31 IN THE MONTH)
**HOTTEST EVER RECORDED
***2ND DRIEST EVER RECORDED WITH JUST .09" OF PRECIPITATION
****THAT MAKES TWO DIFFICULT AUGUSTS IN A ROW. OUCH!
*****ENTIRE FORESTS OF PINE AND HARDWOODS ARE TURNING BROWN AND NEAR DEATH.
******I'M GUESSING 21 INCHES BEHIND ON OUR RAINFALL IS A NEW RECORD
*******I'M PREDICTING THAT 2011 WILL BE THE DRIEST YEAR SURPASSING 1917.
AUGUST 2010 READ BELOW
I'm no wimp. I've gardened in Texas all my life and expect August to be hot, humid, and sometimes dry. BUT I"M TIRED OF WATERING! We are now on day 31 waiting for a good rain.
For the records, our garden got rain 3 days with .10", .15", and .40" inches for a total of .65" This makes it the 3rd driest in the 100 years of record keeping. (Now watch it rain 2 or 3 inches tomorrow!!! OK by me!)
As far as temperatures go, they had already said by mid-month that we were in the hottest August on record. And the second half was all 97s and above practically every day. No relief at night either with temps at or just below 80 (that's right 8....0) every night. Average for this time of year: 92-72 each day.
Still, I was happy to observe the resilience of the flora and fauna in the garden. I have about 7 drinking spots for wildlife which makes this garden a mecca for thirsty critters.
Took some photos early this morning before church. I don't usually point my camera directly at the sun and it makes me wince to look at the photos. I'm glad for the shade, but GOOD-BYE AUGUST!
Still...it's a beautiful month in a Tropical Garden
That's it from here.
How was your August?