Rain…Did Someone Say Rain?

These clouds are moving south just west of us this evening. We have already had an hour or more of heavy rain…All soaked in.

Nobody was anticipating this. The temperature after the rains moved through was registering 72°…Now back up at 76°. The lightning was amazing! The wind was blowing!

And for over an hour we had no phone service. That means during the best of the storm I could not check the radar!

I am spoiled by the Internets…

This is not the way I want to start my day…

Currently (on Thu 5:53AM CDT from Pearland Regional Airport)

Cloudy Temp: 81° (Heat Index 87°)
Dewpoint: 75°
Wind: Calm MPH

I stepped out on the back steps this morning as the coffee pot dripped and ran into a wall of heat. Yesterday at this time it the thermometer was reading 72°. What a difference a day makes. With this kind of headstart, the afternoon high will be brutal. I don’t think I’ll be taking my daily walk in this heat…

Even the avian chorus is subdued this morning. Not a lot of birdsong in the air.

Yesterday’s heat wave caused power outages around Houston. Just minutes ago we had our power blink. The power was out just long enough to cause the router to cycle through it boot sequence. I hope this is not an indication of what the day has in store with us…

Baby It’s Hot Outside…

I stepped out my back door as the thermometer passed 100° F today and snapped this picture. The prognosticators say we had a heat index of 108° and it will be as hot tomorrow…

Statement as of 4:04 PM CDT on June 24, 2009
… Heat advisory in effect until 7 PM CDT Thursday…

The National Weather Service in Houston/Galveston has issued a heat advisory… which is in effect until 7 PM CDT Thursday.

A heat advisory has been issued for two straight days of the heat index reaching above 108 degrees across southeast Texas. The heat index has reach above 108 degrees across the Houston area and other part of southeast Texas and these same conditions are expected for Thursday.

via Houston and Texas weather forecasts and radar | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle.

So here we are in June…Feeling like it’s August and being told we can expect a light tropical weather year. If this keeps up you are going to see all of us wishing and hoping for some tropical moisture to keep from drying up and blowing away on the afternoon winds that come blowing in off the Gulf of Mexico. Sadly they don’t bring any rain with them. I broke down yesterday and turned on the sprinkler for a bit just there around our back yard where we spend a bit of time each day…

If it’s not hot where you are…enjoy it.

WordPress Upgrade Blues – Revisited

It seems the culprit in my WordPress upgrade problems was a plugin called “Events Manager” Version 2.0rc1. Once I disabled this plugin my menu problems went away on my North Carolina Mountain Dreams Blog.

Now this cannot be the only problem because Virginia Mountain Dreams still works fine…Both blogs use the same theme, same plugin list, same layout on the sidebars…everything was as close to identical as I could make it. Events Manager works on the Virginia blog and kills the menus on the admin pages of the North Carolina blog. So something else is at work here…I’ll be trying to figure it out in the comming days and weeks ’cause I really like being able to add events to the blog when I stumble across something neat.

Oh well, At least I can once again use the Dashboard and the widgets on NC Mtn Dreams…It was not nice haveing to hard code the sidebars…

Email time, cath ya later…

It’s a new week…The first of summer.

I find myself spending more of my time outside than I am used to. Yes, it’s hot out…And dry. It almost reminds me of my summer in south Texas back in the early 1970’s. Unusually dry heat for Southeast Texas at this time of the year.

Walking the trail I’ve laid out around the backyard and through the woods then along the bayou I am kept company by dragonflies. At times there are squadrons of thousand or more in the sir patrolling my path…There are a number of different species fly around these parts. I haven’t spent time yet trying to classify these from the pictures yet.

My only other regular companion is our dog Copper. Even she doesn’t enjoy the heat though, and tends to peel off and join her sister under the house after the first or second lap around the yard. It’s not like the winter walks I was taking where both dogs stayed with me for the entire session…Oh well, I can’t say I blame them for wanting out of the heat…If I wasn’t so out of shape, I’d give it up myself.

Here are a couple of the other species I find on my walks…

Here’s the other…

Enjoy your summer…

the ramblings of my brain over that first cup… and other meanders