Yes, I'm talking about the weather again. although usually talking about the weather is what people do to make small talk or old-timers do to pass the time of day. However, around my state/region it is serious - seriously dry and hot. Areas/counties are now in what is classified as an exceptional drought (one that occurs about every 50-100 years). We have received 1/10th of the precipitation that we should have by this time of year which equals to over 10 inches behind. Mix in a long period of high pressure and we've got hot and dry. One local news source compared the area to the Sahara Desert - saying our actual rainfall amounts have been about the same. Here are some stats:
average rainfall amount: 5.35 inches
actual rainfall received: .90 inches
highest temperature: 100 degrees - on June 5th (when it is technically still the spring season)
average rainfall amount: 4.78 inches
actual rainfall received: 1.47 inches (as of this posting)
highest temperature: 98 degrees - (guess all that extra rain cooled us down a bit)
My kids & I actually spent some time out in the rain this week - was kind of a different feeling getting wet outside instead of just in the shower.
Here are a couple of pictures showing the effects of the drought - one is the grass in my backyard (I don't usually water my yard especially when water rationing could become a reality) and the other is a dried up horse pond... interesting that the ever-present, invasive chinese tallow tree survives despite the dry, cracked dirt.