Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Texas Drought

It is the middle of April and the magnolia trees are blooming in SE Texas. I love these trees. The leaves are dark green with a waxy texture and the blooms are magnificent. Spring comes early in Texas but this year we are already in the middle of a summer-time drought. March was the driest month on record for the state and springtime is when we get the strongest winds.  Savage wildfires have hit several areas of the state and destroyed homes and businesses.

My yard is turning brown because the grass can't grow without water. We have to water our garden everyday to keep it from dying. I feel so sorry for the horses, cattle and wildlife that depend on grass for their food supply. 

On Monday, a burn ban was put into effect for my county (Montgomery County). The ban effectively outlaws any outdoor burning until it is lifted. The fire marshal’s office said a violation of the ban could result in a misdemeanor with a $500 fine. We are also being asked to cut back on watering lawns and washing cars to conserve water.

We have lived on a 12-acre mini-farm for six years. In wet years, our pond has been full and overflowing. My husband stocked it with fish and the dogs loved to go swimming. Now, I fear that the fish are dead and the dogs can easily wade across the entire pond. We are praying for rain.

How is the weather in your neck of the woods? I love to read your comments!
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