2009-05-14 / Island Life

ISLAND OBSERVER: TONY AMOS

It's been dry, very dry in Port Aransas

Tony Amos is a research fellow at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute and director of the Animal Rehabilitation Keep. Tony Amos is a research fellow at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute and director of the Animal Rehabilitation Keep. It's been dry in Port Aransas so far this year.

How dry has it been? Up to the end of April (and we've had no rain since) 2.01 inches of rain have fallen on our fair city. Is that the lowest total officially* recorded here for this time of year?

Actually, no. In 2006, the total was two inches exactly, yet the total by the time 2006 was done was one of the highest on record here - 46.18 inches.

On the other hand, the greatest total to the end of April occurred in 1990, when 14.50 inches had soaked our town. In that year, however, a total of only 31.97 inches (an average for us) was recorded.

All of which goes to show that if you don't like the weather in Port Aransas, wait a year or two.

As I struggle here at 5:30 in the morning of deadline day to overcome writer's block, what can I tell you?

It's been windy, as I'm sure you already know, and I'm analyzing wind measurements made at the UTMSI Pier to see if this is a record windy year. That will have to wait until next week. One consequence of the dry, windy weather has been a lack of roadside flowers blooming along our highways.

Last weekend, Lynn and I took a trip to the Hill Country and noted the paucity of wildflowers in general. But, venturing along the winding ranch roads, we did find blooming cactus and the bluebell look-alike with the less than attractive name,mealy blue sage.

Next week I'll have some photos of flowers we saw. The scenes are somewhere along the unfenced Ranch Road 3235, which seemed to end in an unpaved road with no signs indicating a dead end, yet none saying it went somewhere, so we turned around, but not before enjoying the flowers.

* Official US Weather Service weather records started here in 1985.

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