Monday, July 18, 2011
Heat and Drought
GMA just reported 17 days of temperatures being above 100 in Dallas, TX. Our local weather man in Lawton reported 46 days of temperatures above 100 and more of the same for the next week. Seems GMA missed the big story. Ranchers are selling their cattle and getting out of the cow business. Sale barns are turning away cattle - they just have too many. Hay has gone sky high. We are down to just a few bales ourselves, and they are promised. Several people we know are struggling to feed their horses and are facing the thought of selling them. We took in one friend's horse last week. Normally this time of year we are mowing the grass every week and have cut hay. We mowed the grass back in May, but not since then, and there has been no hay cut at all. It is just burned up. Although we water the garden, it is not doing well. It is just too hot. What is growing is being eaten up by grasshoppers. Every now and then we get a little burst of rain, but not enough to wet the ground. Does that sound bad? You kind of get use to the heat, but the drought is what is really bad. We need rain and lots of it. I am amazed that the national news is just now getting this. I'm also horrified that they are so interested in finding where Casey Anthony has gone.