Friday, August 7, 2009

Rain, Rain, Come here Please!!!!

I am not going to complain about the heat - even though we broke the record for most triple digit days. I am not even going to complain about the water bill - even though it was over $200 for ONE month!

I am complaining about the drought. Why? Because I thought there was hope. I thought with August comes the gulf hurricanes and we usually get some rain off of that. We usually get enough rain to flood, close the highways for a day or two and then the water level rises, the grass grows back, the water bills go down and we are all happy and up to our ears in water.

Here we are -in August and not a cloud in the sky. I went online and it looks as though the hurricanes that we expected aren't coming until September - another record. The last time hurricane season came so late was 1941.

You might be thinking, "gee bex, you sure are cruel and cold hearted. people are left homeless and destitute because of hurricanes." Well yes. And my heart goes out to them. I don't want anyone to be left in tragedy - but the truth is that hurricanes effect more than the areas they hit. In this case, the storms go all the way to San Antonio and we NEED them. We have these summer droughts every year and every year its hurricane season to the rescue. Its a mixed bag of emotions. I am so grateful for rain but I wish there was another way.

San Antonio has such a fickle climate. It wants to be a desert then it wants to be deciduous. Then it wants to a desert again. I'm the same way though. I want short hair, then I want long hair, then I get it all chopped off again for short hair.

In this diagram below, my county (mine, as if i own it) is in D4 stage drought.

Is it possible for drought to drive a person mad? Really. I get upset with my kids over spilling a glass of water or flushing.the.toilet. I might be getting a little crazy and I am positive that some rain - some real substaintial rain - will make me sane once more.


Casey said...

I think Graham is personally responsible for the drought here in FL. He's obsessed with the hose and my parents let him waste water like crazy. I'll send you some rain soon.

Auntie Amy said...

I was raised in the country with a well as our water source. Every summer it went low/dry. I am water conserving crazy as a result of this. Bex will attest to this. We never water the lawn. If it can't make it on it's own, so be it. We seldom allowed the kids (and now grandkids) to use the sprinklers in summer. Woe be the kid that brushes their teeth and lets the faucet run. I have even more water and recycling rules, but this is becoming a crazy lady rant.

Krista P said...

You're been doing your research!

You're such a nerd.

kyooty said...

I'm sorry i've been trying to send my July month of rain south but it doesn't work. It all comes from the South to the north. I will try harder.

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

I can only imagine what people who lived back in the 1800s dealt with when there was drought. It had to be 100 times worse than what we deal with. Back in the East we've had a good year...not too wet or dry, but I know one year it was very bad. Farmers lost crops, etc.

Could you maybe do a rain dance? I bet that would help. Oh, and post photographs. That would help too. :-)

Pearl said...

Wish we could send you some of our rain. I think we have had a record for most rainfall this year so far. It rains A LOT here! It always ruins a pool day! : (