I can’t remember the last time it really rained. Our farmer says:
We did get a small fraction of an inch of rain this week, but it was hardly enough to even wet the dust. We are now going on over 2 months without more than a sprinkle. 4 months of really very little rain. The ground, out here, is cracking. Deep cracks several inches wide. I can’t plow without first watering the ground, the plow just bounces on top of the concrete like soil. This last week a number of trees started dying. We are sure fortunate to have a good water source for our vegetables. Our spring, as of now, shows no signs of slowing. There are other springs around here, springs that didn’t even dry up in the 30’s that are now completely dry. There are people around here who are having to sell their cattle because they don’t have enough water for their animals.
I understand over 50% of the rest of the country is also in a major drought. That is almost to the level of the 1934 dustbowl days.
I wonder, if we weren’t such a large and powerful country, how long it would take before droughts like this started causing food shortages.
I think maybe if we can't grow (or pay to have grown) our own food nearby, maybe we shouldn't be living here. What do you think? I mean, if we can't directly experience the impact we have on the world, how can we possibly judge whether what we're doing is something we ought to be doing?
We went to the pond today, and I wouldn't have been able to take this picture (from May). I can't remember the last time it really rained.