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Old 07-29-2009, 09:12 AM   #1
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No rain in Texas

Central Texas is in the worst drought since the early 1950s and a record stretch of over 100 temperatures. We have seen several days of 105 and more than 30 days over 100. Lake Travis is down 32 feet.

One thing I have noticed is the effect on wildlife. Not only are deer destroying everything that they can reach, but I am seeing wildlife in my yard that I have never seen before. This morning, six wild turkeys strolled across my yard. Although I know there are wild turkeys in the area, this is the first time in 12 years at this location that I have seen one in the subdivision. I didn't have time to grab my telephoto, but here are the two tail-enders in rhe flock.
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Old 07-29-2009, 05:39 PM   #2
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Guess they can smell water, it's dry up this way too...a little rain but not quite enough

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Old 07-29-2009, 05:49 PM   #3
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Yup, it's bad. Worst I can recall in a decade. Probably even decadeS.
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Old 07-29-2009, 06:02 PM   #4
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It's just as bad south of San Antonio. We just put in a rainwater collection system. Is that optimistic, or what?

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Old 07-29-2009, 06:57 PM   #5
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Hope that rainwater collection system doesn't fill up with dust.

They sugar coat the lake statistics somewhat too - that 32' down for Lake Travis is from it's seasonal average. The lake is really down 44' from full and dropping 1'/week.

It's so dry that just the other day I saw a carp in a straw hat beside the road with his flipper out trying to catch a ride north.
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