By Mike Barnett
Hot last week. Hot this week. Likely, it will be hot next week. That’s a pretty good summary of our current Texas weather.
This August has tested my patience, although as Augusts go, it hasn’t been as hot as usual. Maybe I gained false hopes with those beautiful July rains I received last month. It’s sad that all traces of that six inch rainy period are gone as the Dog Days of Summer sap the moisture out of everything.
That’s probably why I was so excited when I saw the long-term forecast of The Farmers’ Almanac. The forecast, released this week, calls for “frosty and unusually wet” this winter in Texas.
I can take or leave the “frosty,” but “unusually wet” would be pretty exciting. I know lots of farmers and ranchers who could stand a good dose of wet. And for goodness sake, we have reservoirs across the state that need filling.
But you probably shouldn’t bet the farm that we’re going to be deluged come December. “Unusually wet” has many connotations. Many Texans would consider a passing summer shower as “unusually wet” after the years of drought we’ve endured.
Forecasting the weather is difficult at best. And the great thing about long-term forecasting is people tend to forget six months later what you predicted six months earlier. Who remembers what The Farmers’ Almanac said our weather was going to be like last year? I don’t.
Still, the publication has been around 185 years. Their publishers claim an 80 percent success rate. And it’s a fun publication to read with its household tips, brainteasers, recipes and astrological data. The Farmers’ Almanac must be doing something right.
I’m thinking good thoughts that they are right on the money this year. And I pray that “unusually wet’ blesses us all!