In stark contrast to this time last year when we were already experiencing a drought, we now have flooding.
Last year, by February, the temps were in the upper 60’s. By March it was hotter than 70, and it continued and continued on until we experienced 6 straight weeks of 100+ temps from June, through July, and into August.
In the great world of extremes we live in, we are now all swimming. The horses need snorkels, and the rivers are flooding.
Since for some reason I can’t get my computer to properly play & convert video at the moment, we can take a virtual tour via pictures, although this is not quite as fun as the video I have of houses under water.
This is the river not far from the barn. We often pass it on our drives. You really can’t tell from this photo, but the water is well over onto the shore. Last year, the river was so dehydrated that you could actually walk across it and touch ground the whole way. I saw cranes wading in the water more than 30 feet from the shore. Now, in some areas, the water is over the road and into the homes on the other side of the street.
This is the trail across the street from the barn…… you know, the trail I often put up video of from my GoPro camera as I drive Chewbacca and Luke around it. This is where it starts, just off the road. The creek, which is usually a few INCHES deep, has overflowed the gulley, which is about 3 feet deep, and has flooded what will be a hay field this summer (and with all this water, I sure hope it’s a good cutting! Our barn often buys this hay).
And the creek runs across the street and parallels the farm, although it is over 100 feet away from the farm. The overflowing waters have flooded an entire field that separates the farm from the creek, and has invaded the farm, too. These pictures are the large back pastures, half of which are now both under water.
If I can ever get the video working, I will post it. In the mean time, HORSE FAIR TOMORROW! yay!
It’s really cold out there this morning. Enjoy the day where ever you are, and what ever weather you are experiencing.