It’s official: today’s Wall Street Journal calls it “the worst drought across the central U.S. since 1988.” My location only rates an “abnormally dry” designation according to the US Drought Monitor, but we’re definitely getting nervous about our water supply. I briefly sketched some of our family’s experiences with drought in this post, but I’d like to point out two essays recently added to the sidebar that go into greater detail on this topic. A few things have changed since then. We have a different clothes washer that uses less water per load, but we have two more family members. We have a new, supposedly water conserving toilet, but it doesn’t work right. And, of course, everyone’s gotten older.
For tonight, they’re predicting a 40% chance of isolated thunderstorms. Those isolated storms seem to keep missing us, or else drop so little rain the driveway doesn’t get wet. Of course, tonight could be our lucky night. Today the temperature reached a record high for this year, at least on our thermometer. We went from a low of 59.2 this morning at 5:57 am to a high of 101.3 at 2:02 pm (degrees Fahrenheit).