Sunday, August 16, 2009

So it's been really hot here...

We went driving on the southwest side of Austin yesterday & went across the bridge that crosses the Perdenales River.... except there was no river. It's dried up! Here is what it looks like now. See all the boat ramps sitting on the ground? The next 2 pictures are of Lake Travis. I took the first picture yesterday & the bottom one is live from from the internet today. Do you see the grassy areas out there? That is exposed lake bottom & grass is growing on it now!! The public boat ramps have all been closed on Lake Travis. Sad. It will take the lake a long time to refill.
Here is a story from the Austin American Statesman about our July:

July 2009 sets record for temperatures

Saturday, August 01, 2009
July 2009 goes down as the hottest month ever recorded, Lower Colorado River Authority meteorologist Bob Rose said Friday.
The previous record, with an average daily temperature of 89.1 degrees, was set in July 1860. Last month, daily temperatures averaged 89.5 degrees.
July 2009 had 26 days with temperatures over 100 degrees, and 42 days saw triple-digit highs so far this summer.
Highest temperature on a July day at Camp Mabry: 109 degrees, July 27, 1954
July 2009 rainfall total at Camp Mabry: 0.25 inches
Normal rainfall total: 1.97 inches

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