For some Texans, this might be a taste (or not) of things to come.

This is a 5 minute video (very well done) on a West Texas town that has been dealing with the issue of water use for oil and gas versus agriculture and local residents.  What I found to be most challenging in the video, was the issue of whether people who have water would be ableContinue reading “For some Texans, this might be a taste (or not) of things to come.”

Weather Whiplash

Link to NPR story Fascinating. Weather Whiplash.   Does deteriorating soil quality ever get mentioned in these stories?  Rarely.  The ability of our soil to handle drought and flooding is determined by its quality.  Quality is the amount of pores in the soil which absorb moisture.  Those pores are made by microbes living off ofContinue reading “Weather Whiplash”

More reasons to fix the soil

This is a video from Calgary which is experiencing rainfall right now.  The overflow from the soil is pooling and creating massive flooding.  The video here shows a house being carried downstream by the river, and crashing into the bridge.  Please turn down the sound as there is a major expletive halfway through the video.Continue reading “More reasons to fix the soil”

Drought monitoring tool for Texas

Thanks to the people at PlantMaps for providing this interactive drought monitor map and data for Texas.  They have lots of great maps for planting conditions and I encourage you to check them out!  Note that you can zoom in with the google map.  You can observe the maps changing drought conditions by the road/street.Continue reading “Drought monitoring tool for Texas”

Are we heading into a drought? Picture 3 — Surface area of Texas in drought by severity — Timeline

This picture was taken from the website http://www.stateimpact.npr.org/texas/drought and is composed of data from the NOAA National Climatic Data Center. Commentary:  The StateImpact website has more great pictures of the drought including the impacts of fires, square miles burned, homes destroyed and drought related deaths over a 5 year period.  Needless to say, that 2011Continue reading “Are we heading into a drought? Picture 3 — Surface area of Texas in drought by severity — Timeline”

Are we heading into a Drought? Picture 2 — Average temperature in May for TX

The picture you see above has been extracted form the Southern Regional Climate Center at LSU.  Please go towww.srcc.lsu.edu to verify.  File picture made 05/31/13 at 09:30Commentary:  Yes, this is for just May alone and does not factor in the other 11 months of the year.  I have yet to find any suggestion that the trendsContinue reading “Are we heading into a Drought? Picture 2 — Average temperature in May for TX”

Texas Drought Conditions

The good news is that for Central Texas, current conditions are not regarded as Extreme or Exceptional.  However, it is abnormally dry and according to the national map, likely to get drier. Action plans: Balance the minerals in your soil so that soil life and roots can grow to access more soil moisture. Water extensivelyContinue reading “Texas Drought Conditions”

Drought – Who are the lucky ones?

How many would stop dead in their tracks if someone told you, you are?  Here is a linkto the forecast from the Texas State Climatologist’s office.   If you scroll down, you will find the following map which I have cut and pasted below.  Travis County is listed as “Moderate Dryness”, and this after a yearContinue reading “Drought – Who are the lucky ones?”