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Old 09-29-2011, 09:29 AM   #15
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It's pretty bad. I've always camped at Double Lake Rec Area in Coldspring, TX alot. It's a real nice little park with very spacious spots that are divided pretty well by trees. But as of 10/1, they are just now allowing you to use propane and gas stoves and grills as well as lanterns. Who knows when we'll get to have a campfire or charcoal again.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:56 AM   #16
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I was in Texas from early 1953 at San Angelo, Waco in summer 1853, and Sherman (Perrin AFB) August 1953 through August 1956. I flew over much of Texas as an instructor. I did not see anything to come close to what I see this year. I landed at Bergstrom AFB in Austin and I was impressed by the green fields surrounding the base.

This year, everything is tan. Ranchers are selling off their stock because they can not feed them.

Tuesday night, lightning started a fire a few miles from here. We are not in a critical fire zone, but we are not safe from wildfires here. I am one mile from the highway with one way out which is worrysome. I have the airstream stocked with medicine for at least a week in case we need to evacuate.
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I was in Texas from early 1953 at San Angelo, Waco in summer 1853, and Sherman (Perrin AFB) August 1953 through August 1956. I flew over much of Texas as an instructor. I did not see anything to come close to what I see this year. I landed at Bergstrom AFB in Austin and I was impressed by the green fields surrounding the base.

This year, everything is tan. Ranchers are selling off their stock because they can not feed them.

Tuesday night, lightning started a fire a few miles from here. We are not in a critical fire zone, but we are not safe from wildfires here. I am one mile from the highway with one way out which is worrysome. I have the airstream stocked with medicine for at least a week in case we need to evacuate.
There's a good reason you haven't seen anything like it, it's the worst ever.

From US Drought Monitor " ...A persistent ridge of high pressure maintained hot and dry conditions across the south-central U.S. into early September, maintaining a large area of extreme to exceptional drought. Texas had its driest summer on record, with a statewide average of 2.44 inches of rain. 2011 was the hottest summer on record for Oklahoma and Texas with average temperatures of 86.5 degrees F and 86.6 degrees F, respectively. According to the National Climatic, Texas recorded the hottest summer for any state. On September 13, Dallas-Fort Worth broke the previous record (69 in 1980) for most 100 degree days in a year...."
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Old 09-29-2011, 12:46 PM   #18
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Today, 09/29, will probably be the last day of 2011 with triple digit temps in Austin -- that's our 90th day of 100 or more this year -- a record. The previous record was 69 days. We have shattered that record by 21 days, a 30% increase over the previous hottest summer on record.

We are ready to say "bye bye" to hot and dry.
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Old 09-29-2011, 01:02 PM   #19
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In the photo in post 12 of this thread, you can see how dry our back yard is. This area is usually nice and green since it is shaded and gets all of the runoff from the back half of our roof. Every bit of green vanished a long time ago and the deer hooves have destroyed what dried grass was left. What you see in the photo is mostly dead leaves from the trees.
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Old 09-29-2011, 01:26 PM   #20
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old texas saying about texas weather goes

continual drought with occasional flooding......a truer description cannot be found.....

i was born in texas....65 years and it has always been severe drought...or severe flooding.......

i have tried to raise cattle in that environment and had cattle starve because i could not buy enough hay to supplement the dying grass and the next day loose some to flash flooding....
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Old 09-29-2011, 01:32 PM   #21
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I am also a fan of Double Lake for the reason's Bike Addict mentioned. Although now it is Half Lake as it is mostly dry except by the dam. They need to mow the lake bed!
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:26 PM   #22
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Here in Virginia we're having record rains. It's incredible how much mold and rot and leaks, and on and on.

I will earnestly pray that we switch weather patterns so you can get some of what we have too much of. Those pictures of the deer are just heartbreaking and I know the ranchers are suffering.

I was in San Antonio in June - and could see how it was already far dryer than eastern Texas... and I know that wasn't even in the truly drought stricken area.

Pray for Texas relief SOON.

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90 days over 100

Today Austin recorded it's 90th day of 100 or more degrees for the year. To hot and too dry for too long!

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Story on TWC; The Town that Ran Out of Water - weather.com

The good news is that Texas has had above average rain during January, and the lakes are filling up again! 'Thank Goodness'!!
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Story on TWC; The Town that Ran Out of Water - weather.com

The good news is that Texas has had above average rain during January, and the lakes are filling up again! 'Thank Goodness'!!
From the news tonight, Lake Buchanan came up just a bit, but Lake Travis actually fell slightly today. A lot of the heaviest rain has been east of us and doesn't fill our lakes. Lake Travis is at near-record lows. It is heart breaking to see it.

On the other hand, I have green in my yard for the first time in about 6 months. I may even have to mow one of these days.
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From the news tonight, Lake Buchanan came up just a bit, but Lake Travis actually fell slightly today. A lot of the heaviest rain has been east of us and doesn't fill our lakes. Lake Travis is at near-record lows. It is heart breaking to see it.

On the other hand, I have green in my yard for the first time in about 6 months. I may even have to mow one of these days.
Absolutely! about all we can do is to keep the rain dance 'aflowant, and hope for the best. We are not out of the woods yet by any means, couldn't harvest hay to feed the cattle last year and beef prices are skyrocketing as a result!..
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We need to pray for a tropical depression to settle over the area for a few days, and for La Nina to recede
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Depends on where you are if "recovery" means much. Not here, for example.

The US Drought Monitor shows a sobering picture.
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