Monday, May 31, 2010

Drought Remains in The Woodlands

After five months into 2010, our water situation looks bleak. Remember 2009? We know that was a bad year. This year promises to be much worse. You are probably tending to your garden like I am. Spot watering in the call for most days now. For 2010, we are 29% behind our normal rainfall, even though we had almost an inch of rain here last night in Indian Springs. At this time last year, we had a deficit rainfall of 16%. Be careful with your use of water. This is the time to be very conscious of waste.

Monday, May 17, 2010


That is not an eye test. It is the name of the volcano erupting in Iceland. How do you pronounce that anyway? Phonetically, try this: "EY-yah-fyah-lah-YOH-kuul, with "ey" pronounced like the "ey" in "they". Personally, my tongue has a problem with this name. I am not sure I will ever master it.

The volcano will potentially affect the weather in the northern hemisphere. In the last few days, the ash cover has managed to reach over more eastern parts of Europe such as Amsterdam in addition to the British Isles. Airports continue to close and reopen as the ash threat to aviation comes and goes. 

Icelandic Met Office - daily updates

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Drought conditions continue

April was a poor month for rain.  Our yards are suffering from it. Worse, May has been almost totally dry. I am already losing trees in reforested areas near my home. Summer is looking very bleak. So far this year, we have received 10.47 inches here in Indian Springs, in the heart of The Woodlands. That is 3.47 inches behind the average, or a 25% deficit.

On June 1st, the Atlantic hurricane season begins. Since we have a warmer Atlantic than usual for this time of the year, we are expected to have eight hurricanes with four of them being major ( cat 3 or 111+ MPH winds) along the coast this year. Colorado State University forecasters are predicting fifteen named storms.

By the time August rolls around, we are usually in the mood to get a small storm. Rarely do we have a "freight train" run over us. It is the water we want, not the wind!