Tag Archives: Texas weather

Tuesday, August 8

A Very Wet, Cool Morning Coffee Muses

A frontal boundary has pulled up stationary just a few miles south. The skies are thickly gray. The rain overnight has the temperature moderated this morning, and it’s kind of nice to bet out on the back porch for a change.

The Mississippi Kite was on his perch when I came out. The hummingbirds are feeling rambunctious in the cool this morning.

This has been a good year for raptors in the neighborhood. If I owned chickens, I’d just say we had a bunch of chicken hawks. But in reality, we’ve had red-tails, red shoulders, and a great assortment of longer tailed smaller raptors I haven’t identified.

If I learned one thing from 2010-11, it’s when rains fall in abundance, you stay thankful and don’t complain. Because, no matter what, a little rain every day or so may get monotonous, it Damn sure is a whole lot better than watching your world dry up and die. So, while I sit here a week into August surrounded by early summer’s green and not the normal seared browns, I may be amazed, but I won’t complain. I’ll just do my Deere meditations whenever the ground dries out.

The prognosticators are foretelling that we’re going to have more rain this afternoon. So nothing is going to dry out anytime soon. I had a tractor driver show up wanting to cross my land to mow the pipeline right of way on my neighbors property. It’s funny… I keep my part of the right of way mowed but they always want to cross my yard to get to the pieces that aren’t mowed. Today I told them to come back when the ground was dryer… I don’t need the ruts a large tractor would leave crossing my yard.

Once again I’ve mused my way through my morning coffee… email calls, then today’s Trumpism’s.

Sunday, August 6

Once Again There Is Weather Moving Over Galveston Bay For My Morning Coffee Muses

While there are thunderclouds to the east, the skies to the west are mostly clear…

The morning temperature is already in the 90’s. A Hot and muggy Sunday morning if I ever saw one. The sky has a steady stream of Wal-Mart Gulls going by. The Mississippi Kite is on his perch on Jones Street. And dragonflies are everywhere. Amazingly, I haven’t heard a single cicada sing.

I am seeing a lot of butterflies though. Sulphurs I recognize, but most of the others… all I can say is they aren’t monarchs.

For almost an hour now, I’ve watched as a steady stream of thunderclouds have sailed slowly north off the Gulf of Mexico and straight up Galveston Bay. One after the other. Great billowing mounds of white cotton candy…

Coffee’s almost gone, email is calling, then I should check in and see what outrageous thing the leader of the free world has tweeted this morning… or can we even call the POTUS that anymore? Have we finally been relegated to bit players on the world stage?

Saturday, August 5

Blue Sky To The Right, Thunderstorms To The Left, Morning Coffee Muses

The Saturday morning quiet is broken by the rumble of steel wheels on steel rails. Distant train horns blaring warning at railroad crossings on country roads. Birds singing welcome to the day in far off trees… The dichotomy of the sky just as big as the dichotomy of Texas weather. The pictures above were taken within seconds of each other.

Yesterday afternoon we had a nice little rain pass over. It wasn’t on radar before it started raining. And by the time it passed over, it had grown into a full on thunder boomer. By the time it approached the coat it was a “Special Weather Statement”. The evolution of a thunderstorm in about an hour and a half.  No thunder with our rain and nothing but thunder as it moved away. It did lower the temperature nicely through for our run to get the grandkids.

It looks like today’s weather is moving the opposite direction as yesterday’s. The big thunderstorm in the photo above has now moved out of sight to the north. There are a line of others farther to the east and south.

Every time I think I’ve finished setting up the new Dell I remember another set of software I have to install. Tax time will be a pain next year. All of my TurboTax files are gone, so I’ll have to start from scratch. Not gonna be the quick process it had become.

The dragonflies are out in force this morning. Patrolling a little higher this morning than they normally do. The first of the cardinals have arrived In the back yard. There are four hummingbirds having dogfights about the feeder. That’s the most I’ve seen at one time since spring. It’s too early for fall migration.

Coffee’s long gone and email is calling….

Friday, August 4

A Not Miserable, End Of The Week, Morning Coffee Muses

Looking south here on the back porch, the sky is almost completely Wedgwood Blue. With the exception of a band of clouds along the southeast horizon. But, I know that band of clouds is a massive bank of rain and thunder running along almost all of the Texas coast. The only question is… Where and when will it come ashore.

The weather prognosticators are foretelling of a massive chance of falling precipitation and thunderous light show for the afternoon hours… We will have to wait and see if their oracle like foretelling comes to pass.

I am torn about trying to make this a Deere meditations day or waiting for Monday… I’ll have to mull on it a bit. What’s the word I’m looking for… hmmmm…. Ahh yeah, procrastination. That sounds like a good word for today’s weather.

I saw in the news today that the Secret Service is in negotiations with Trump Tower. It seems they don’t think the price they are being asked to pay for space to house a command post below Trump’s apartment is reasonable. Can you imagine, Trump wants us to pay rent to protect him… Could that be considered a type of government welfare?

I guess the real question is, are we playing rent at his other properties to protect him?

From a glance at the sky I see the cloud bank that was barely visible is now showing up all across the southern horizon and covering a big chunk of the eastern sky. It looks like procrastination will probably win the day…