Monday, March 2, 2009

It's Official: Severe Drought Conditions

I know I've been going on about the drought and the top soil blowing away. We are in severe drought conditions and it is official: see the Palmer Drought Severity Monitor at the NOAA. As of this

date, March 2, 2009, we here in Central Texas have the worst drought conditions in the U. S.

The photo on on the above left was taken on my back porch at 9 AM on Saturday morning, February 28, 2009. The photo on the right was taken four hours later at 1 PM.

I go out my back door several times a day, but when I went out yesterday, Sunday, March 1, I thought the dogs had found a pillow and torn it up because I saw hundreds of little, cream- colored pieces near the back of the yard fence. I walked out to examine closer and realized it was hundreds of little rocks that had been buried for years. I mow the yard and haven't had to concern myself with flying rocks when hit by the mower for over 20 years. That is no longer the case. As you can see, a good bit of the top soil was on my porch. I sweep just about every day, and while I've never had to sweep away as much as shown in the photos taken Saturday, I've swept a lot of top soil off the porches over the past few months. Saturday morning's accumulation is the worst I've seen.

Pray that we get rain. We are in desperate need as you can see.

Until next time, God bless.


Mary-Austin said...

I'm always praying for rain for you all!! Wish I could just move some of it from Houston westward to you all!!

MilesPerHour said...

Here's another prayer for you.

Lynn said...

Thank you both for your prayers. I keep thinking the drought will break, but as you can see from the photos, it has not happened yet. :D

Ian said...

Are you anywhere near Larry McMurty's home town of Archer City, the scene of The Last Picture Show and Texasville?

Lynn said...

No, Ian, Archer City is northeast of me.

Rebecca said...

Lynn, I hope that those drought conditions improve soon. Does that part of Texas have droughts often?

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