Friday, July 29, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Tulsa Sunset

A dome of gray moves over a golden sunset on Sunday evening.  Thunder rumbled and we had a scant trace of rain that held the daytime high on Monday to a balmy 98F.  By Wednesday we had a record 107F.  Thursday was a little better, "only" 104F.

As a native Okie I don't normally gripe a lot about summer weather.  But this summer has  been tough.  The heat is hard to tolerate but it is the lack of rainfall that really hurts us.  I read in the newspaper that the western part of the state is experiencing the most severe drought since 1921, which is 10 years prior to the infamous dust bowl days of the 1930's.  A lot of the state is under a severe water shortage and the electric companies are having trouble supplying the demand for air conditioning.  Farmers anticipate almost a total loss of their crops through the first half of this year with little relief in sight.  President Obama has declared Oklahoma as a disaster area which may help farmers survive but it has been a rough summer.  If you get a chance, send us some rain.

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Elleona said... [Reply to comment]

Hi !
Et nous, nous avons un été pourri avec pluie, vent et un petit 24°C.
Toutefois, les agriculteurs chez nous connaissent aussi la sécheresse car il n'a pas plu ou presque pas au printemps, moment de la germination des semences :-(
La pluie de maintenant est beaucoup trop tardive.
j'ai remis un pull léger...
Bisous à vous deux et caresses à Smockey.

eileeninmd said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful sunset. I hope your weather is better soon. Gorgeous photo, Happy skywatching!

Fjällripan said... [Reply to comment]

Wonderful photo of the sunset! I hope you get some rain soon...

Magical Mystical Teacher said... [Reply to comment]

That is a grand and glorious sunset!


When planets plummet
And comets careen,
It’s the strangest sight
You ever have seen.

When drunk stars stagger
And comets collide,
It’s time to look up
As you go outside

To stare at the sky
Where the strangest sight
Is the moon-faced thing
That you see at night.

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Night Sky

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Praying for rain for all the parched states... beautiful shot!