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    someone buy a new bling bling bike because this sh!t is getting regoddamndiculous

    Intense drought bakes Texas



    By Betsy Blaney, Associated Press Writer
    LUBBOCK, Texas Central Texas cattle raiser Gerry Shudde remembers Texas' drought of record in the 1950s when his family's ranch sometimes got a couple of 4-inch rainfalls a year.
    But the drought ongoing now is far different.
    "This is just cut off completely," the 74-year-old rancher said. "In a lot of ways, it's worse."
    Across the nation's No. 2 agricultural state, drought conditions are evaporating stock tanks, keeping many crop farmers from planting, forcing cattle producers to cull their herds, and dropping water levels in state lakes.



    Despite hurricanes Dolly, Gustav and Ike soaking Texas in 2008, almost every part of the state nearly 97% is experiencing some drought, according to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor map, released Feb. 26.


    Parts of central Texas and the Hill Country more that 8% of the state are not only in exceptional drought the most severe stage of dryness but they are now the driest region in the country and the driest they have been since 1918. It is the only place in the U.S. experiencing exceptional drought.
    San Antonio, two counties east of Shudde's ranch, has gotten only 16.67 inches of rain since September 2007, its driest 17 months ever and about 28 inches below normal.
    November, December and January were the driest statewide since 1971 for that three-month span, the fourth-driest on record. Texas averaged .32 inches of rain in January, the fourth driest in history, and about one-fifth the normal monthly total.
    Statewide numbers for February have not yet been compiled.
    "February's gotten nothing but worse," said Victor Murphy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. "It's going to be the same gloomy numbers."
    Some local numbers were available, though, and they show that none of the state's 25 largest cities got even half the normal rainfall between Dec. 1 and Feb. 25.
    "That's another example of how bad things are," Murphy said. "Things just continue to get worse."
    There is, however, a glimmer of hope. Forecasters say it appears the La Nina climate pattern that's kept Texas dry may be breaking up over the central Pacific Ocean.
    "It looks like it's starting to weaken," Murphy said. "With that being the case, May and June, our normal rainy months, we might have something positive to look forward to."
    If those rains don't materialize, the cost to agriculture could be enormous.
    "It's too preliminary" to estimate what the losses could be this year, said Travis Miller, drought specialist with Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
    If the recent past is any indication, agriculture losses could top 2006. Drought-related crop and livestock losses were the state's worst ever for a single year, totaling $4.1 billion. Numbers on the latest drought map are worse than those for same week of 2006.
    What does that mean to ranchers?
    Most started culling their herds a few months ago and that will probably continue, Miller said.
    Shudde, who in the 2006 drought cut his small herd in half because he could no longer feed them, has six stock tanks for watering his cattle. Four of those tanks are already dry and two others, which were dug deeper after the 1950s drought, are nearly empty.
    He normally plants oats and other feed grasses in his pastures to help feed his cattle during the winter.
    This year, though, "there's not a seed come up on any of them yet," he said. "It's just time for this to end."
    Miller said most ranchers use supplemental feed hay and other grazing grasses cut and harvested months ago during winter months. This year, there is a big difference.
    "It's not supplemental feed," he said. "It is the feed."
    Crop farmers too are in a quandary. Soil moisture is inadequate across much of the state.
    "There's really nothing to plant on," Miller said. "We need 8 to 10 inches to fill the soil profile up."
    It won't be just agriculture affected by continued dry conditions, especially if the drought persists into spring months when homeowners and others around the state begin watering lawns and gardens.
    Of the 109 lakes the Texas Water Development Board monitors, 28 were at least 90% full, according to the agency's most recent monthly report. That compares with 42 in early September and 83 in late May.
    The storage capacity of Texas lakes dipped slightly to 80% since the late December report. One horror spot is O.C. Fisher Reservoir west of San Angelo, which usually runs low but now is "effectively empty," according to the report.
    "I wish we had some rain," said Barney Austin, director of the board's surface water resources. "You fly across the state and it's all brown, not green."
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    Something that bartman and I can agree on!

    Quote Originally Posted by bartman View Post
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    Last edited by sneezix; 03-03-2009 at 04:09 PM.

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    And, this drought crap sucks.

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    P.S. The drought started under Bush's watch, so don't go blaming Obama for it!


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    hey. the last decent rain was the day I went to pick up my new Commencal 5.5, so don't blame me.

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    Best I can do right now is wash my car.
    Holding steady at 1.41 times per day since 2002.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bartman View Post
    someone buy a new bling bling bike because this sh!t is getting regoddamndiculous
    Bad news: Buying a new bike won't work anymore because rain would actually *improve* the trail conditions. Pretty soon the dust will be so deep that our feet will be dipping into it with each pedal stroke!

    Maybe we need to buy new bling bling sand-skis like they use on the sand dunes?
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    Buying a new bike as a rainmaker hasn't worked nearly as well since Giant stopped manufacturing the NRS.
    Where's the Mojo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosa Nostra View Post
    Buying a new bike as a rainmaker hasn't worked nearly as well since Giant stopped manufacturing the NRS.
    True that. Maybe we just need for me to fix my fork and ride the Nando Rain System. Better yet, since this is a cause greater than my selfish interest, and I can't get to it for at least a couple of weeks, why doesn't someone donate a 4-5 inch travel fork (oh, I don't know, something by Fox or Marzicchi should work). I promise I'll do my darnest to bring the rain this weekend, before I leave for a week.
    Hey, don't mention it.
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    I've a fork you can borrow, but permanent dispensation will have to be discussed offline.

    Probably best after you've ridden it a bit and Felt The Plushness of it all (Fox Vanilla 125...).

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    Quote Originally Posted by sneezix View Post
    P.S. The drought started under Bush's watch, so don't go blaming Obama for it!

    it's all on him and the people who have money left to buy a $5K mnt bike...Someone needs to step up to the plate!


    Quote Originally Posted by Huckleberry View Post
    Bad news: Buying a new bike won't work anymore because rain would actually *improve* the trail conditions. Pretty soon the dust will be so deep that our feet will be dipping into it with each pedal stroke!

    Maybe we need to buy new bling bling sand-skis like they use on the sand dunes?
    hey! dont rain on my idea...your single with big dollars, I nominate you to take one for the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bear View Post
    I've a fork you can borrow, but permanent dispensation will have to be discussed offline.

    Probably best after you've ridden it a bit and Felt The Plushness of it all (Fox Vanilla 125...).
    You, sir, are being PMed in a moment.
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    I bought a new tire for the skinny bike. Maybe that will help.

    I am planning a MTB, whiskey, and steak weekend in Smuttville. So if that don't make it rain, we are in big trouble.

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    I just bought new shoes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmwoodall View Post
    I just bought new shoes...
    it doesnt count unless you spend several grand...you're gonna have to pick up the pace a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bartman View Post
    it doesnt count unless you spend several grand...you're gonna have to pick up the pace a little.
    I tried this summer. I bought a new bike (in fact two new bikes) neither brought any rain.

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    I tried watering my yard this week, but didn't work, either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sneezix View Post
    I tried watering my yard this week, but didn't work, either.
    I watered my dirt, and washed my truck. I am taking all the baby steps I can toe help. Perhaps I should take the top off my jeep and leave a bunch of books and sentimental pictures in there.

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    wait, I am washing my bike today. It ALWAYS rains when I wash my bike.
    so long, and thanks for all the fish.

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    ok, I'm going to jump on this train of thought and wash my truck...

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