So much for optimism. I've changed the countdown clock back to November 1st, being firmly convinced that nothing but awful is in store for us for way too many days to come. Yesterday was the 33rd day of 100+ degree temperatures, breaking a record set in 1980 for the most 100 degree days in a single year. Not satisfied to merely break one record, Mother Nature seems hell bent on making August of 2011 memorable for recording the most consecutive 100 degree days. 23 and counting. with every indication that this will continue through the end of the month. No measurable rain since June 22nd means that brown is the new green.
What's even more disheartening to me is the prediction that we will see more of the same weather next summer. Here's what local columnist/blogger/Science guru Eric Berger has to say about it.
While the gardens here on my corner of Katy continue to broil in the August sun, I'm off to Indianapolis for the Garden Writers' symposium, leaving the Executive Producer and the Assistant UnderGardener in Charge of Containers to keep things hydrated. Feel free to stop by and water for me if you're in the neighborhood!