Drought and Survival

Well, I'm beginning to get that all too familiar ominous feeling about rainfall this year. We had our 2 year streak of no 2" rain broken a couple weeks ago and it has been been bad ever since. Windy most days, rain missing us again and again; I'm wondering if we will ever not have to worry about lack of rain again. This is not merely a weather cycle, cycles do not last 3 years. I'm at a loss as to why annual rainfall can be cut in half in less than a decade timeframe. My mind goes to wind farms, "global warming" -- polar jet moving north, El Niño, and La Niña seem to be afterthoughts for us at this point; what is going on? I cannot even imagine getting 42" of rain in a year at this point -- that's what we had averaged here since the records began to be kept.
 
Sprayed our main plot off the Massey 3 weeks ago with cleth. Trying hard to get motivated to plant, a buddy is willing to let me use his no-till drill to put in oats and clover. Rain continues to miss us to the N,S,E,&W. I’m wondering if plotting at this point is futile? I could save a lot of time if I just gave up. We’re missing the rain again today, I’ll be watering trees for the first time in ‘24 in a couple weeks if this persists. I remember Paul Knox saying spring planting is difficult because planting windows are small with spring rains; that seems like a few lifetimes ago for a variety of reasons. :(
 
Most of you have experienced drought at some time or another. At what point does it not become drought and it becomes a new climate? As I see rain is falling once again in Texas, and people in Southern California are again complaining about too much rain, I can’t help but wonder if the climate change people are right? We’ve been in severe drought for almost 3 years now. There hasn’t been a local soybean harvest since fall of 2020. We haven’t even come close to half of our annual rainfall for 3 years straight, last year we got a quarter of it. They say the polar jet is moving north because of warming. I’m not sure exactly what that means considering rain continues to fall not that far north of us and OK and TX aren’t experiencing drought like us. It will be 2 years this-coming May since we’ve had 2 consecutive days of rainfall. I cannot understand what’s going on. It’s either honest to goodness climate change on a relatively local level, or we’re simply cursed.
 
Of course the climate is changing. The planet is getting warmer - the air is warmer and the oceans are warmer. Our high tides on the coast are a foot higher than they were when I was growing up.

What’s causing it? Who knows? The planet has always gone through cycles and always will. 3 years is not enough of a data point to draw conclusions from, but the trend for your local weather patterns is definitely concerning. You aren’t the first person on the forum to go through a period like this and you won’t be the last. Our awful drought was in 2012 but thankfully only lasted that year.
 
Of course the climate is changing. The planet is getting warmer - the air is warmer and the oceans are warmer. Our high tides on the coast are a foot higher than they were when I was growing up.

What’s causing it? Who knows? The planet has always gone through cycles and always will. 3 years is not enough of a data point to draw conclusions from, but the trend for your local weather patterns is definitely concerning. You aren’t the first person on the forum to go through a period like this and you won’t be the last. Our awful drought was in 2012 but thankfully only lasted that year.
We were a part of that widespread drought in ‘11 & ’12. It was rough, but nothing like what we’re experiencing now.
When it comes to this forum, it sucks because I have nothing to contribute but complaining. When nothing grows, what can you say on a habitat forum?
 
We were a part of that widespread drought in ‘11 & ’12. It was rough, but nothing like what we’re experiencing now.
When it comes to this forum, it sucks because I have nothing to contribute but complaining. When nothing grows, what can you say on a habitat forum?
I always check your area when I’m watching the radar. You need a drought busting tropical system. With El Niño leaving and La Niña arriving, you have a better chance of getting one this year.
 
I always check your area when I’m watching the radar. You need a drought busting tropical system. With El Niño leaving and La Niña arriving, you have a better chance of getting one this year.
The mid summer to early fall outlook isn’t good, EXCEPT for the likelihood of a very active hurricane season. So I hope you’re right.
 
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