The flying flurries on this here blog, I mean, a little something WordPress offers every winter season. And the closest Central Texas is likely to get to real snow anytime soon. Although it sure as hell has been cold the last few days.
We can thank the local Woolly Bear caterpillar, according to KXAN, which is predicting a cold winter. Fortunately things should be warming up over Xmas and into next week, at least for a while—good thing for Mr. Boy as he is off to Scout camp for a week in nearby Bastrop on the 26th.
Soaking, not flooding, at least not at the rancho. Via Bob Rose at LCRA:
“Additional waves of rain showers and thunderstorms will likely continue moving from south to north across the region tonight, Thursday and Friday. Our weather pattern is being influenced by a strong trough of low pressure centered over northern Mexico. Waves of low pressure circulating around the large low are flowing north into Texas, producing periods of rain showers and isolated thunderstorms.”
Only problem is the pool is filling to the brim. Gonna have to empty some of it tomorrow morning or afternoon. Once a pool fool, always… The bluebonnets, which are already appearing on area highways, are going to be glorious this year.
It’s likely to be the only snowflakes we see around the Rancho. We’re dreaming of a
green warm Christmas, just like the ones we used to know, before winter started starting in November. Not this year. Mid- to high 70s for the 25th it looks like now.
Fine with me. I miss warm Texas holidays. Be good to return to them, at least this year. Even if we have to listen to the usual babble about
global warming climate change. People have such short memories. Not that the pols help.
Mr. B set a recent, personal record for sneezing Friday—15 times in two minutes. His eyes were watering and the roof of his mouth itched. Oh, lord, that’s cedar fever most likely. Never bothered him before.
Then this morning I see KVUE weather reporting their daily rooftop air sample on Friday captured the first cedar (actually juniper) pollen of the season. Bit early for the annual Texas curse, but there it is.
Now we’ll have to hope and pray that El Nino delivers the forecast wet winter to help take the pollen out of the air. Otherwise he and I both will be struggling with the stuff before Xmas as well as after when it’s more generally a problem.
Another holiday, another flood. Looks like. Heavy rain started around 2 a.m. and has continued off and on. Our goofy gutters are overwhelmed, as usual. I expect to see the back forty’s waterfall materialize before long. Good thing the sandbags are still in place from Halloween. A strong El Nino will prompt that.
At least it will take Mr. B.’s mind off the Luby’s Thanksgiving disaster. Food wasn’t very good. Like a school lunchroom, Mr. B. said, and you can imagine how a high schooler feels about school lunchrooms. Its only virtue was that it was cheap and the pie was good. For Xmas, it will be Threadgill’s for sure.
A light freeze for some around Central Texas, tomorrow and Monday mornings, but more likely a frost for us. And with gusty winds it will feel colder. A little early, perhaps, but not bad when you consider the lows will pop right back up into the 60s on Tuesday morning.
Considering all the federal hoo-rah over supposed
global warming climate change, I do wish we could get back to warm winters. Haven’t had a real good warm one in several years. But at least this frost is more or less on time and not as early as previous winters.
UPDATE: Then, on the coldest night since March, the furnace quit. Turned out to be a problem with the thermostat. As Mr. B. said: “Adversity builds character.” Or else it’s just a pain in the arse.