On Thu, 01 Jan 2009 11:02:49 -0600, Morris Dovey wrote:
A day without wine ...
We (Spokane) are starting the year with still more snow. Broke a record
set over 50 years ago. Even made the national news - they normally don't
know that eastern Washington exists. Flat roofs all over town are
collapsing (15-20 so far), and those that haven't yet have crews
frantically shoveling. At the Woodcraft where I work they even had a
snow blower up on the roof :-).
Bye - I have to go shovel my way out to the shop - again!
Back when upstate New York was in my region, had a guy in Buffalo.
At least twice a snow season, he would have to shovel the snow off his
roof (which was not flat by any means)
Even heat tapes had mixed results during a heavy snowfall.
I can remember when I was 16 and living in my grandmother's house, (which
had a really low pitched roof), my father sent me up on it to install
heating wires. Problem was, that it was the middle of winter, so I had to
spend a number of hours up there shovelling off the snow and chopping up the
ice dams before I could lay the wire. Naturally, dad came out to inspect for
five minutes every half hour.
After that, every fall I was up there like clockwork making sure those
heating wires were still working properly. Damned if I was going to be up
there again in the middle of winter freezing my butt off.
I, for one, would like some rain. We, here in south Texas are in
another drought cycle. Our ranchers in Karnes County have spent the week
"dry planting" wheat and will now wait for rain. Good luck. After
60-some-odd inches between mid-February and mid-August, 2007 (3X normal
yearly average) I doubt they've had six inches all total since (pushing 18
Other than that, a happy and healthy 2009 to all.
Dave in Houston
As one of my Minnesota farm neighbors said: "None or too much" - just
before he joked about putting pontoons on his combine and another
neighbor joked about using a canoe to harvest his corn...
A quick look tells me that Karnes County doesn't appear to have /any/
surface water. Are there any underground aquifers that could be tapped
for ag-use water - and if so, is there any way to apply it to wheat
production? (I'm wondering whether a solar-powered pumping approach
could help in situations like yours.)
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