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tgal
09-05-2011, 05:26 PM
Hello Everyone,

I don't know how much, if anything, you have heard about the Texas Fires but I want you to please keep this state in your thoughts. Texas is in Severe drought. We have had really no substantial rainfall for over a year. We have also been more hot this summer then any recorded. In the Houston area there was not a single day in August that we were below 100 degrees. Dry and Hot days caused all the local ponds to dry up, many of our lakes have stopped boating on them because the lake is too low (You can actually stand up in the middle of one of the most popular lakes in our area). The rivers are so low that there are some places that you can walk halfway out into the river bed without getting your feet wet. I have never seen anything like this.

I tell you this because today my state is on fire. I know that is a little over overstated but over a million acres have been burned as of yesterday and today there have been more. I have one fire about 15 min away from me in one direction and 15 in another direction. One of the fires is spreading down the path I used to drive to work. I have friends and former co-workers that are being evacuated and the smell of fire hits when I walk out of my house.

I know this isn't about Lupus but please keep us in your thoughts because none of this is going to end until we get a substantial amount of rain. I need to go now but please pray if you pray, send up good thoughts if you do that. Anything to help this situation

n.mac
09-05-2011, 06:01 PM
It is amazing one part of our country is suffering from flooding while another is suffering intense heat and drought-reminds me of an old twilight zone episode about bitter cold and unbearable heat.

Just goes to show balance in all things is best!

As always you will be in my thoughts and prayers!

red246
09-05-2011, 06:12 PM
Sending tonz of prayers & hugs!!!!

kim,l
09-05-2011, 07:00 PM
sending you my thoughts and many hugs i know what it is like we were right in the middle of fire once and could not return to home for a week luckily it did not reach us just 1 street away luv kiml

magistramarla
09-05-2011, 09:44 PM
Hey Mari,
I've been following the news reports. It is really getting bad there. It's really bad when you are hoping for a hurricane to hit the state!
That fire that is close to you sounds a bit too close for comfort. Do you and your daughter have a good escape plan in case you have to evacuate (fur babies and all)?
Pay close attention to the news and get out of there if you must!
Thinking of you.
Hugs,
Marla

KCat
09-05-2011, 09:58 PM
It's awful. And TS Lee just made things worse by adding to the winds. A friend's friend just post an amazing photo of the fires in Austin area. Amazing and horrifying. I just don't know what to think anymore. Houston had a record 24 days of 100 or above this year in August. Most ever. Just beyond our ken.

I want to cry but it's too damn dry.

tgal
09-05-2011, 10:40 PM
It's awful. And TS Lee just made things worse by adding to the winds. A friend's friend just post an amazing photo of the fires in Austin area. Amazing and horrifying. I just don't know what to think anymore. Houston had a record 24 days of 100 or above this year in August. Most ever. Just beyond our ken.

I want to cry but it's too damn dry.

The news said we didnt have one day in August under 100. I am further NW and we were several degrees hotter then the official temp. Doesn't really matter. Everything is dead and are now burning. The pictures are horrible. Because this isn't actually in Houston there is no local news about it except for breaking it every hour. I downloaded an App that lets me hear the Fire Fighters scanner for this area. I am so thankful for that because without that, and facebook, we would be in the dark.

@ Marla.. yes, we have a plan. As I have said I really don't think it will get to us but I did go ahead and pack up some clothes, daughters baby blanket, dog food just in case. Sorry I am not posting much I am a bit distracted today.

Here is wishing each of you a pain free night (or day for our friends across the pond)

steve.b
09-05-2011, 10:50 PM
this friend - across the pond - is hoping you are spared the fires.

i had the missfortune to be involved in the two worst "ash wednesday" fires in australias history.

when i was in the airforce, we were involved in fire assistance programs.

i hope the weather breaks soon for you.
mother nature has a strange sence of humour at times.

debbie-b
09-06-2011, 04:29 AM
Thinking of you and praying that you will be safe.
My two daughters are living in Texas, one near Houston, one in Dallas.

Debbie

KCat
09-06-2011, 09:37 AM
It may have been 24 days over 100 v. 24 days of 100 or over. Be safe! We've got enough concrete and bayou down here in League City that it's not as dangerous though go down the road a piece toward Friendswood and the fields could be at risk.

tgal
09-06-2011, 12:16 PM
It may have been 24 days over 100 v. 24 days of 100 or over. Be safe! We've got enough concrete and bayou down here in League City that it's not as dangerous though go down the road a piece toward Friendswood and the fields could be at risk.

I have decided that I really like you! You won't let me slack and give out bad info! That is the way we like it here!

CLIMATE...
THE TEMPERATURE HAS REACHED 100 DEGREES AT BOTH HOUSTON AND
COLLEGE STATION THIS AFTERNOON...CAPPING OFF WHAT WILL GO DOWN AS
HOTTEST MONTH OF ANY MONTH ON RECORD FOR SOUTHEAST TEXAS. FOR
COLLEGE STATION...THIS IS THE 58TH DAY OF 100-DEGREE
TEMPERATURES...TYING THE ALL-TIME RECORD FOR MOST IN A YEAR SET IN
1917. THE TEMPERATURE REACHED 100 DEGREES A TOTAL OF 30 OUT OF THE
31 DAYS THIS MONTH IN HOUSTON...SOMETHING THAT SEEMED ALMOST
UNTHINKABLE PRIOR TO THIS MONTH. THE AVERAGE DAILY HIGH
TEMPERATURE IN HOUSTON FOR AUGUST WILL EXCEED 100 DEGREES FOR THE
FIRST TIME EVER FOR ANY MONTH. THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN
HOUSTON WILL END UP CLOSE TO 90.4 DEGREES...WHICH EXCEEDS THE
PREVIOUS RECORD HOTTEST MONTH (AUGUST 2010) BY A WHOPPING 2.7
DEGREES.

The above was posted on the KHOU weather board as well as by Dr. Jeff Master's on www.weatherunderground.com.

Are you seeing any smoke down your way? Glad to know that things are safe down your way. I really don't think my house or those around me are in much danger because we leave in a town (a small one) and there is brush all around.This morning we have tons of smoke and ash but it cleared out late in the morning. We now have it back again and the fires they thought were out are coming back aline.

KCat
09-06-2011, 01:55 PM
Not seeing it but smelling it and have for days. I thought I was imagining it but I have a super sensitive nose and even my husband was noticing it but we couldn't believe we were picking up on it all the way down here. Then a friend of my daughter mentioned smelling it and she lives nearby. The statistic I heard must have been 24 days *above* 100, then. From ol' blue eyes on Channel 2. :) You name it, it's ridiculous and Hellish. I just know that today is gorgeous if you can just stop thinking about how deadly this dry weather is. And I can't. :( I was so disappointed that Lee didn't come this way that I cried. My husband was saying, "but a cold front is coming." Um. Yeah. I just cried some more. My daughter is up in Dallas fires up there in Midlothian, Possum Kingdom, Corsicana. Geez, this just sucks beyond measure. I have friends not far from Bastrop with land and horses. :(

magistramarla
09-06-2011, 10:41 PM
Ladies,
Do you remember when there were huge fires in Mexico about ten or so years ago, and the smoke came up into Texas? The smell was awful, and it triggered bad asthma attacks for both of my youngest daughters - they were both hospitalized. That smoke can carry for long distances and really do damage.
I'm glad that you are staying safe. I'm also glad that my asthmatic girls are living in other states now.
Keep reporting for us so that we know that you are OK. Man, I hope that Texas gets some rain soon. We've already had to replace the air conditioner on the house - our renters were suffering - and I don't like to think of what condition our pecan trees must be in.
Take care, girls!
Hugs,
Marla

steve.b
09-07-2011, 12:13 AM
i hope texas does not have the effect western australia had just before winter this year.
it was dry for so long that the trees were dying.
the ground was that dry it started shifting.

winter was a real blessing for us. some native forrests were closed, the tree dyeback was so extreme.

lacey50
09-07-2011, 09:46 AM
As was mentioned earlier, it's hard to believe we have floods destroying one part of our country and fires destroying another. It makes you really wonder what the hell is happening. Please do what ever you all need to do to stay safe. Prayers go out to all of you.

KCat
09-07-2011, 10:13 AM
i hope texas does not have the effect western australia had just before winter this year.
it was dry for so long that the trees were dying.
the ground was that dry it started shifting.

winter was a real blessing for us. some native forrests were closed, the tree dyeback was so extreme.

yes, they are predicting thousands (tens of?) native trees dying this winter due to the drought. They expect the trees will not have the root strength to handle any cold snaps and we've had three very unusually cold winters in a row now. Snow all the way down in Galveston which is very rare. we're still recovering from all the trees lost from Ike in '08. I swear it's one thing after another. And like lacey mentioned, it's just been all over the country one bizarre extreme v. the other. hurricanes dumping absurd amounts of water in Vermont. Fires across the Southwest and Florida. 110+ up into the upper Midwest. Ridiculous.