As you are probably aware, Texas is suffering from one of the worst droughts since records began. We’ve had ridiculously little rain in the last 18 months and things don’t look as if they will get better any time soon.
Austin’s usual average annual rainfall according to the National Weather Service is a little over 35 inches. In the first 8 months of 2011, we had just over 8 inches and about half of that probably fell on a single day back in May as far as I can remember. At our home, I can only remember 3 decent storms since the turn of the year and none of those dropped more than a couple of inches. We’re in trouble.
This image shows a pond fairly close to where we live. It’s the last in a short chain of drainage ponds in a housing development and I suspect they are there primarily as a supply in the event of the fire department needing water quickly. As you can see, it’s almost completely dry.
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