So it is official......we are currently experiencing the worst drought in history. The drought of 2011 (which actually started way back in July-ish of 2010) is going down in the record books for all kinds of reasons.
Lets start with the barrage of daily high temperature records in June. We registered 104 for the past two days here at 47 Daisies. Since June 1st we have had 12 days over 100 degrees. The weatherman reported a couple of days ago that we only had 20 days over 100 degrees in all of 2010. This crazy record heat is not alone though. Along with the heat we are (and have been for a while) experiencing wind. This is not your nice summer breeze that makes the heat bearable. This is 20-30 mph winds that feel like a blast furnace coming out of the SSW. These winds are relentless and will not let up. On top of the record temps and blast furnace winds we have not received any measurable rain since May 2nd.
So why am I writing a blog about the weather? The weather is what people chat about around the water cooler when they really don't have anything to talk about........but this is different.
These weather conditions create whole crop failures. They also cause damage to crops that still are able to hang on long enough to produce. Whole beds of cantaloupe, for instance, are being sun scalded, and then they rot. The peppers are being sun scalded and of course the tomatoes............Even the okra (which can handle just about anything) is wilting in the heat of the day!!!!
We are hanging in there and making the most of a BAD situation. So ending this depressing blog post is easy............PRAY FOR A BREAK IN THESE MISERABLE WEATHER CONDITIONS!!!!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )