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Wednesday, August 31, 2005
10:40 a.m.

Garden Update

I've not had much of a Garden this year, just a half whisky barrel holding two tomato plants and a bell pepper plant. I've gotten 8 or 10 small tomatoes (quite tasty) but no peppers from these plants.

A friend gave me a couple gallons of tomatoes from her garden and I made 10 pints of salsa. She also gave me some red and green peppers which I cut up and froze and have been sauteing in olive oil to eat on fajitas.

Most of the pictures associated with this site were hosted, until recently on my old (Consolidated Communications) dial-up, ISP account. I've closed that account and those links are now dead. I moved all the content from the Consolidated servers to the SpliceHost servers which host Dan-Danz.net but Pitas provides no way to edit archived pages so pictures on archived pages are effectively gone.


Tuesday, December 28, 2004
12:08 p.m.

White Christmas?

Not here,but the front that would eventually trigger the Christmas Eve snowfall for south Texas brought 3/4 of an inch of rain to "The Outback" and an inch in town.


Sunday, December 19, 2004
12:05 p.m.

Rainfall report

This past week, I measured just a half inch of rain at both "The Outback" and in town.


Monday, December 13, 2004
11:57 a.m.

Dryer December?

It doesn't look like we will be having any less rainfall in December than we did last month. So far this month, I've recorded 3 & 1/2 inches in town and 3 inches at "The Outback"!


Sunday, November 28, 2004
11:42 a.m.

November's wet finish

Following a couple of weeks of dry weather, November seems intent on finishing wetter than it started. I measured 8 & 1/2 inches at "The Outback" this week and 9 & 1/2 inches in town!

The latest work done on the South Fredonia mudslide was effective in preventing its repeat. This time, city crews went all the way up the hill creating channels for runoff and staked hay bales in place to reinforce their earthen dam.


Sunday, November 7, 2004
11:37 a.m.

November: a wet beginning

The old poem...
No leaves, no snow, November!
does not apply here in the south, but our November's can be dreary anyway. This month started off wet, I measured 4 & 1/2 inches at "The Outback" and 4 inches in town.

In an effort to control the mud which slid down and across S. Fredonia St. during the early October deluge, city crews scraped up the mud from the street and created an earthen dam across the slide area. This weeks heavy rains caused that work to fail and the street was again filled with mud & sand.


Sunday, October 31, 2004
11:34 a.m.

Rainfall

I measured an inch of rain in town, somehow I managed to not measuer the rainfall at "The Outback" (maybe I was afraid of spookies on Halloween!)


Sunday, October 24, 2004
11:31 a.m.

Rainfall report

This week's rain amounted to 3/4 of an inch and less than 1/4 of an inch in town.


Tuesday, October 12, 2004
01:24 p.m.

Stormy Monday


Last Monday, 10/4, a line of heavy thunderstorms rolled across the SW part of town at the lunch hour. Trees were downed and streets were flooded as several inches of rain fell in as little as 45 mins. The roof of the jail was damaged by the accumulation of rain water and there was a mud slide on S. Fredonia street near the loop.

This past weekend, we got rain Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Between the two rain events I recored 2 & 1/4 inches at "The Outback" and 4 & 1/2 inches in town.


Thursday, September 30, 2004
04:54 p.m.

September's fickle storms

Ivan just wouldn't quit and Jeanne couldn't make up her mind. Ivan did a loop around the eastern states, came back down the Atlantic coast, re-entered the Gulf of Mexico and became a tropical storm again. Meanwhile Jeanne did a little loop of her own before 'deciding' Florida needed another hurricane this season.

Ivan's second coming brought him on shore in southwest Louisiana and ended up coming directly over us last Friday. True to his fickle nature, though he effected some more than others. Parts of Lufkin got as much as 8 inches of rain and some street and residential flooding. 8 miles north (about 10 miles north of the flooding) at work in Central, we got just over 3 inches. Further north at my old place I recorded just 2 & 1/2 inches. Even further north, I got just 3/4 inch at home!

September rainfall, "Outback":
5th - 1/2 in.
12th/19th - 1 & 1/2 in. (I missed a weeks measurement, this represents a two week accumulation of precipitation & evaporation.)
26th (as reported above) - 2 & 1/2 in.

Town:
6th - 1/4 in.
26th (as reported above) - 3/4 in.


Thursday, September 2, 2004
01:02 p.m.

Cool,Wet August

According to the article linked above (click title) we had 5 cool fronts penetrate this far south in August. I can tell you of at least two wonderfully cool weekends (7th & 14th) before I left the state on the 21st. This week was similarly cool. As is often the case with cool fronts and our humid gulf air, each frontal passage was accompanied by rain.

I measured an inch and three quarters in town and two inches at "The Outback" on the 21st. Upon my return, I discovered it had, once again rained more heavily out in the country than in town. I measured an inch and three quarters at "The Outback" and merely a trace in town on the 31st.


Wednesday, July 28, 2004
03:45 p.m.

Scattered storms

As testament to the nature of "scattered storms", 3 inches of rain were dumped on the country place Sunday afternoon while we got little more than a trace in town, a mere 7 miles away! As the thunder approached, I turned off the computer and switched the TV to The Weather Channel. On radar, I watched a line of storms form to the south and move northward. A portion of the storm, west of my location seemed to elongate and 'train' over areas south and west of the city.

Sure enough, when I drove out to the country later, the road was flooded in one spot and the ditches were brimming. I measured 3 inches in the rain bucket.


Monday, July 19, 2004
09:32 p.m.

Getting to know 'Jack'


Jack (Amorphophallus titanum Ė the infamous Titan Arum) originally came to SFA University from Florida on June 1st, 2000 as a dormant fist-sized corm.

I first met 'him' on the evening of July 10th, 2004 when his spadix was reaching near five feet tall ('his' bracts had fallen earlier in the day)...



I visited and took pictures each evening this week. On July 11th, 'Jack' was even taller...



Just after noon on July 12th the 'bloom' began to open...



..'Jack' drew quite a crowd, many of us curious about the smell of the blossoming 'Giant Corpse Flower'. Staff of the SFA Arboretum pollinated 'Jack' about 8 hours after it was clear 'he' was opening...



The following evening (July 13th) the crowds were gone, I had greater access and was able to borrow and climb a ladder to shoot 'Jack' from above...



..I was also able to get a close-up through the 'pollination/harvest window'. These are 'Jacks' actual flower parts. The male parts, looking like kernals of corn and the female flowers on stalks...



Fresh pollen was harvested on July 14th. Somewhat sadly, 'Jack' had begun to fall by the time I arrived that evening...



One hour after I took this photo on the evening of July 15th, 'Jacks' spadix collapsed...



As usual, the title of this entry is a link to more information. Click it to go to a press release on this event, there you will find a link to more pictures in 'Jacks' official photo gallery.


Sunday, July 4, 2004
04:54 p.m.

Texas Flood!

North Texas got way too much rain this week.

Here: we got over an inch in town and my rain bucket at "The Outback" sprung a leek, so I don't know how much we got out there.

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