Natural History Notes

Monday, August 28, 2006

AAAahhhhh . . . .

Well, this beautiful beautiful radar image says it all. RAIN!!! Not just a teeny little 5-minute trace of rain, but hours of drizzle. 3/4 of an inch at least, which is more than the last two months. AND it's 1pm and it still hasn't gotten above 80° yet.

Of course, now I'll probably have to mow the grass in a week or so, if any of it is still alive to respond to this. Never mind, it's still wonderful.

Friday, August 18, 2006

back at last -- and it's TOO DAMN HOT!

Had nothing much to write recently. I haven't been out for ages. Schedule problems and illness of caregivers has kept me in a lot, and it's hot.

Quote from the NWS forecaster this morning --

". . . early indications are that we will not see a substantial change in conditions through Sunday. Maximum temperatures may abate a few degrees...but dewpoints will rise so the overall effects will be continued excessive heat.

This will be day 34 of 100 degrees or higher in the metroplex which puts US in the top 10 for greatest annual number of days of 100 degree (or higher) days. 1943 and 1934 saw 34 days...while 1978...number 9...recorded 36 days. This is not even close to the record 69 days in 1980. With at least 18 or 19 heat related fatalities just in the will remain a dangerous situation through the weekend.

I look out the living room window as I type and see pale sunbeat yellowish leaves, and brown leaves. One of the cherry laurels overhanging the deck is dead, and there are a lot of brown leaves on the redbuds in the back. I spent two days doubling the water bill by watering the whole front yard and front bank last week.

The farmers' market was going for a couple of months — some earlybirds started a week or two before Memorial day, and several vendors were there each T/Th/S till early July. Last year they kept on through August, but this year their gardens were all cooked by then — just that one good rain on July 4th. We got maybe a quarter inch last week, but that was too late for the spring gardens.
Early on I got this spherical zucchini — I think it's called "eight ball" — and made stuffed squash. Gave a copy of the picture to the old guy who had the zucchini. Usually he sells them at softball-size or smaller. This one he said was six days old. Another day and the seeds would have been too hard to eat. It was GOOD.