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Old 05-23-2007, 02:49 PM
Location: Tucson
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Hi, i've been hearing about how Dallas and North Texas is in a drought. is it really that dry in the Metroplex? How much rain does dallas get in a year? Is it always sunny?

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Old 05-23-2007, 02:58 PM
Location: Topeka, KS
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Dallas has been in a drought, and several area lakes are still low. But this has been a wet spring compared to the last year.
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Old 05-23-2007, 03:47 PM
Location: la hacienda
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Hubby was in town for dd's dance recital over the weekend, he said Dallas is greener than Tampa right now. I believe him ... I've never seen it so brown here.
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Old 05-23-2007, 03:55 PM
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US Drought Severity map:

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Old 05-23-2007, 04:02 PM
Location: Debary, Florida
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Summer is on the way, the dryness will only be getting worse now...
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Old 05-23-2007, 05:11 PM
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Yes, there is a drought, but this was a wet spring. Some areas have restrictions on how much water you can use, like you can only water your lawn in Frisco once a week and other areas that use different water service have less restrictive rules.

Often times the grass is all brown by August.
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Old 05-23-2007, 07:50 PM
Location: The Big D
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We are coming out of a drought in some areas. It is not as bad as last year as the rains have been more than aplenty, for some. The farther east you go from Dallas though it is not. Several lakes are still well below like Tawakoni while lakes on the west out by Ft Worth are over in some cases. The last time it was this dry with lake levels this low was 11 years ago (we keep track, lol). Hopefully by the 4th of July we will have gotten some more rain out east and can have a pier that is OVER water and not dirt.

As for everything being so green, it was the dryness last year and then the rain that helps. For some reason that is the case. The year after a dry spring if the next one is really wet we have AWESOME Bluebonnets. Right now my Lantana's from last year are HUGE! They are NEVER that big this early in the year and even my lavender are the tallest I've ever seen them. But like I said, the native plants are really putting on a show.

As for the water restrictions, I think they should keep them at Stage 3 for EVERYONE in the Dallas/Ft Worth region. That should become our permanent usage. This area is growing like crazy and there is not enough water to sustain it. Especially when you have uninformed people that do not realize that their bermuda or st augustine does NOT need to be watered every other day for hours at a time. Once a week is sufficient which is what mine is getting when we DO turn on the sprinkler system (which has not been that much) and my yard is thick and lush w/ no weeds. BTW, I've never had a yard, trees, shrubs, etc turn brown in August. Only thing that does that are fields that are NOT planted w/ grass or trees.
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Old 05-24-2007, 09:22 PM
Location: DFW, TX
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I agree.... I don't have any problems with Stage 3. Watering once a week is more than enough, and you can still hand water plants. Plus who needs a huge water bill?
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Old 05-25-2007, 07:33 AM
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The weather report last night said that Dallas is currently 4.5 inches of rain ahead of normal for this tiime of year.
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Old 05-25-2007, 08:06 AM
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san antonio has had great program to develop water conservation consciousness in its residents--they give away lo-flo toilets and have restricts in place---our area is so behind the times--and the drilling for Barnett Shale gas that people are so happy about is going to be such a downer for water conservations--those drillings use enormous amounts of water--should make them use treated water from sewer plants but they don't---cities and counties allow them to ruin good, potable water in the thousand of gallons and don't even charge them a higher price for water that really can't be reused w/o lots of money to clean it up--if it can be recovered...
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