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Old 02-03-2009, 05:32 PM
 
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My 14yo daughter has a severe dry eye type of condition that none of the six specialists I have taken her to can seem to help. She says that the only time that her eyes felt "normal" and "good" in the past year was when we flew out to Las Vegas and SoCal. I want to take her to a desert climate again to see if it helps, because she is suffering terribly, but plane tickets to places like Phoenix and Las Vegas are really expensive right now, even on discount sites like Priceline, and we just can't swing it. I was thinking that I could drive her to a dry climate (my husband can't go because he has to work) but I am not up to driving 30 hours from Michigan to Arizona, so maybe if I can find the same climate in Texas, it would be doable, since it would be hours shorter to drive.
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Old 02-03-2009, 05:47 PM
 
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My 14yo daughter has a severe dry eye type of condition that none of the six specialists I have taken her to can seem to help. She says that the only time that her eyes felt "normal" and "good" in the past year was when we flew out to Las Vegas and SoCal. I want to take her to a desert climate again to see if it helps, because she is suffering terribly, but plane tickets to places like Phoenix and Las Vegas are really expensive right now, even on discount sites like Priceline, and we just can't swing it. I was thinking that I could drive her to a dry climate (my husband can't go because he has to work) but I am not up to driving 30 hours from Michigan to Arizona, so maybe if I can find the same climate in Texas, it would be doable, since it would be hours shorter to drive.
Have you driven to/through Texas?!?!?! It's a big state!
Desert areas are up north coming out of New Mexico and west Texas.

Get out a map and look at the state - there really isn't alot out west.

Hope your daughter gets some relief soon. Perhaps it's all that cold air up there in Michigan?
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Old 02-03-2009, 05:58 PM
 
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Thanks. I sure wish we could find out what is causing this problem, because it is affecting every single aspect of her life. Maybe it is this cold air--it's only supposed to get 6 degrees here tonight, brrrr!--but I have to try to help her since none of the doctors have been able to. I also asked on a different forum and was told to try Amarillo or Lubbock, which sounds like the same general area.

Thanks again. : )
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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Midland, Alpine TX
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Amarillo and Lubbock are grassland, not desert like you are looking for. I would suggest the El Paso area.
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Old 02-04-2009, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Metromess
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Parts of Far West Texas (also called 'trans-Pecos Texas') are a desert. The area east of New Mexico is more properly a steppe. A desert has >10 inches of annual precip, which leaves out Alpine. El Paso only has about 8". This is according to the Koeppen classification system; there are of course others.

Sorry if this post seems pedantic!
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Old 02-04-2009, 06:43 AM
 
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Catman,

No worries--I don't even know what "pedantic" means!
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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Sorry if this post seems pedantic!

Not to be anti-pedantic cause I believe in equality of all people, but I thought Alpine was within the boundary limits of the Chihuahuan Desert? The Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute is located between Ft Davis and Alpine.

Okay, all you Pedantics can throw stones at me.
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Old 02-04-2009, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Texas
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i would think that a desert would have <10 inches annual precip? no?

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Parts of Far West Texas (also called 'trans-Pecos Texas') are a desert. The area east of New Mexico is more properly a steppe. A desert has >10 inches of annual precip, which leaves out Alpine. El Paso only has about 8". This is according to the Koeppen classification system; there are of course others.

Sorry if this post seems pedantic!
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Old 02-04-2009, 09:11 AM
 
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These links might help a bit...

The Climate of Texas (http://www.met.tamu.edu/osc/TXclimat.htm - broken link)

Chihuahuan Desert - DesertUSA

As a few have noted, very little of Texas (the old western movies not withstanding! LOL) is a true desert.
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