Its Beautiful

Strange as this may sound, central Texas has fit what is officially fall/autumn. And the weather is great. This is some of the nicest weather we get. The highs have been in the mid 80’s, for the most part humidity is down, the sun is shining, it is lovely outside. Even my dogs are enjoying their walks – they are little dogs so when it is too hot I cannot easily walk them.

The weather is so nice plants are growing. This is really the second growing season for this area. My tomato plants have more tomatoes on them than they have had all year. My basil is growing. Seeds I put out that did nothing earlier are now growing. With highs in the mid 80’s and lows hovering in the low to mid 60’s it is wonderful growing time.

If seeds or seedlings had been put out, now is a time you may find them growing like they had not grown in a while. Strange as that may seem in other areas, for central Texas plants are growing.

Welcome to fall in Austin. And the weather is wonderful.

More weather

They’ve been saying we are due for days of rain. In our case, up where we live, we’ve had nothing but little bitty sprinkles.

At least until today.

Today we went from this small little bit of sprinkles, about 1/4″ in of rain for most of today. But than the storm came in. By storm we are now up to 3.6 inches. The line has been almost vertical. We are now down to a light sprinkle, but with probably more rain due. And probably due again tonight.

We are under definite flood warnings. I’m pretty sure we actually have some flooding in the area, even if we don’t know where. But I know at one point the storm was so bad my fur babies (dogs) were jumping into my lap, even though I had my laptop on my lap. But even now, I can hear the thunder rattling windows in the house. Just to be on the safe side I’ve even lit a candle, scented (good reason to light a candle) just in case we had the lights go out. This is a bad storm.

To put today’s rain in perspective, our rain weather station says we’ve gotten 3.9 inches of rain this week, so far. And up until last night we had 0.11 inches of rain. We’ve gotten the rest of it today.

But we’ve been lucky, no loss of power, not even any flicker of the lights. But the storm is not over. Looking at the radar we actually have a large swath of more storm on its way. It may make for a tough night of sleeping.

But the garden should be happy. Trees should be happy. And yes, even my squash plant (it has flowers) should be happy.

It might be a storm, but its rain.

Its getting colder

Last night we hit a low of 35, with about 0,21 inches of rain. That’s cold outside. At least the fruit trees will enjoy it. I’m not so sure our dogs will enjoy it, but then they don’t have to be out in it long. Since our dogs are little, one weighs 9 lbs, the other one weighs 11 lbs, the cold does affect them.

One thing I don’t get is how we are supposed to have a high of 42 today, a low of 39, then hit a high of 66 tomorrow. Granted we have cloud cover and its wet outside, but how do we get one day of warm weather then back to cold? Such is the weather in Austin, TX. But at least it seems to be a light rain, no heavy drenching rain. Knowing how we can get downpours, its nice to not have that with this cold. But we do sometimes get those drenching downpours in the summer. I guess that’s something to be said for winter rain in this area.

I’ll keep the weather changes posted for the next few days. We’ll see what the weather does.