Sunday, August 23, 2009
7.4 inches of rain........and praying
The water line should be up to the top of the presa (reservoir) walls. It should be midway up those trees seen in the photo below. It isn't.
Now, when I lived in Houston, it was nothing for us to get 7-10" of rain. Heck, sometimes in an afternoon. I remember distinctly in 1979, when a tropical depression sat over Houston, we had 42 inches of rain in 24 hours. Boats were floating down the streets of Nassau Bay, south of Houston near NASA. Among other things. I don't want that. But I sure do pray that we get the rest of the rain that the farmers in this area need for their crops.
The aquifers have dropped thirteen feet in the last ten years, I'm told. Eighty percent of the water taken from the aquifers is for irrigation. And, according to experts, the rainfall we get now takes about eighty years to replenish the aquifers. It's a dire mess both for residents and farmers.
I NEVER thought in my life, after living in the tropics of Houston, that I would indeed be praying for rain. We were then, usually praying for it to stop. Times are a changing.