"LEADING EDGE OF DEEP TROPICAL MOISTURE FROM THE CARIBBEAN STILL
EXPECTED TO MOVE INTO THE AREA MONDAY AFTERNOON STARTING A STRETCH
OF WET WEATHER (SURE HAS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE THAT HAS PHRASE
HAS BEEN USED IN A SOUTHEAST TEXAS WEATHER DISCUSSION) MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY. STARTING TO SEE A FAVORABLE PATTERN FOR
MODERATE OR POSSIBLY HEAVY RAINFALL TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY."
(My neighbor down the street has not watered this year)
Many of my neighbors have given up on watering. I don't blame them. It takes daily watering now since all layers of the subsoil are dry. Whole trees just turn brown and die. I'm hanging on with subsistance watering, but it's been since January that we've had a good rain.
This is what my grass and yard looked like last July 2010. It rained so much more last year.
I don't like La Nina years. In fact, I vote NO for having La Nina years in the future.
Starting in February, we could easily be having the rainfall of Tucson, Arizona.
These trees died just a week ago. They are Southern Red Oaks (Quercus falcata). I've seen 4 of them dead now. We must be on the very limits of their native range. Some Magnolia trees and Sweetgum trees are also rapidly declining.
I'll end on some good news. The doodle bugs (aka ant lions) are finding lots of dry soil for their pits. I've not seen them in my yard for years. Today I found 3 more. They eat ants.
Thanks for stopping by. Here's to that hopeful news of rain for next week.