Monday, November 19, 2007

100 year drought


Normal view in fall.


I-wish-it-would-rain view.

14 comments:

Mark said...

We measured 0.7 inches last week. Nice, and it kept the ground wet even through the weekend, but an isolated event like that does almost nothing to help.

bill said...

that's the way it was looking around here this time last year. then we had record rains in the spring. so don't give up.

robin andrea said...

That's an incredibly graphic depiction of the drought. I do hope you'll get some rain soon, and lots of it. Not too much, but just enough to replenish and revive.

Did you read the UN's report on climate change? Scary stuff. Your pictures remind me of their rather dire predictions.

Marvin said...

Such a sad scene. We'll keep hoping that y'all get some winter rain.

pablo said...

That's terrible (coming from someone who knows about disappearing lakes). I'm sure it will correct itself, but it may be too late for some of the wild things.

Woody said...

That's just downright depressing...

We will keep ya'll in our prayers. We are also in the middle of drought conditions, though not as severe as ya'lls. We are in an area 40 miles by maybe 100 miles running along I-44 through south central Missouri that has been hit hard by lack of rain.

Rurality said...

Like Mark, we had about 1/2 inch of rain last week but at this point it doesn't help much. I can't even complain that it's supposed to rain on Thanksgiving...

Marsha said...

I've read some thinking now that suggests that, destruction aside, a couple mild hurricane years in a row may not necessarily be a good thing in the SW and SE parts of the country.

Are you in an area that typically sees rain from hurricanes traveling through or nearby?

Kevin and Beth said...

We dug a pond last summer to try to control all the water that runs over our property. We couldn't wait for it to fill up and now that is has it is our worst nightmare that it would dry up. I feel so bad for you. I hope you get rain!
Really enjoy your blog.
Beth

pablo said...

Since your lake is dry, would you take this chance to get in there and dig out some of the silt?

Rurality said...

We do normally get rain from hurricanes. So the fact that the last two seasons haven't sent us any, is a factor too.

I'm not sure if rain will ever fill up these ponds again! We do have a system where it's possible to pump water from the creek into the ponds. But it requires using the tractor, and it uses up a lot of gasoline. Hubby got the old well running, and we can run water from that, but of course it is almost dry right now, with all this drought.

I am so afraid that the bottom getting dry and cracking will affect the ponds' ability to hold water. Hubby thinks this is silly, but I've been reading Pablo's blog too much to not be worried about this! (In my mind we need MORE silt, not less, LOL.)

Cookie Jill said...

The other weekend I went by Cachuma Lake, where we get most of our water. I was shocked. I had not seen it that low in decades. You could see the old roads that had been flooded over when they originally made the "resevoir"

Holy mole. We're in real big doo-doo, too.

Alan said...

Think of it as an excellent opportunity to dig the pond deeper so that it will contain a greater depth of water when it finally does rain again.

.....Alan.

lisa said...

Wow...I feel like such a weinie, complaining about "dry weather" up here all summer...nothing like THAT! I sure hope it gets better for you in the coming months (Eric Clapton is singing "Let it Rain" while I type this-spooky!)