Summer in the Texas Hill Country - August 2010

August has arrived!

This summer in the Texas Hill Country has been relatively cool, no hundred degree days until....August 1st. We had our first scorcher of the season on the first day of August, reaching the 100 degree marker and even higher for some nearby Hill Country towns. On that day, the skies were completely clear with not even a hint of a cloud.

Temperatures in July stayed in the nineties. Some afternoon showers occurred as the days heated up, keeping the area green and the flowers blooming. Some Gulf Coast moisture found its way to the hill country and gave us some rainy days with the moisture soaking deep into the soil. The weatherman reported that a Low Pressure system had parked over our area and was keeping the moisture in the area.

The Crepe Myrtle Trees have remained beautiful this summer. Some have faded by the wayside, but many remain luscious and colorful. It is not hard to find a gorgeous tree full of blooms along the road or in a neighbor's yard. Our mimosa tree still has some blooms on it, though it is just beginning to fade.

Apparently the Low Pressure system is no more. It has moved westward and we are high and dry right now. Vacationers need to plan their days with the hot temperatures in mind. This time of year, the evenings do cool off well. As soon as the sun goes down, so does the temperature!

The local lakes are feeling the effects of the high temperatures. Evaporation and local water usage are both contributing to lower lake levels. Lake Travis is hovering around 86 percent full.

We again are in need of some rain. Come back Low Pressure system, where are you???

A Summer Thunderstorm

Another day of hot temperatures in the Texas Hill Country. Per the weatherman, some locations registered 102 degrees and above today. It is our eleventh day of the year with 100 degree temperatures. Six o'clock thunderstorms were a welcome relief from the heat blast of the day. The thunder rolled, the rain fell and the temperatures cooled! Ah, the fresh smell of rain is welcome. The rains continue to fall with a moderate shower, the thunder booms every so often, and North Austin sighs with relief.

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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

I know you're grateful for the rain. Beautiful scenery. Loved this hub

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ExpandYourMind 6 years ago from Midwest USA

Beautiful Myrtle tree . . . wonder if could survive in Indiana. Thanks for sharing.

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PaulaK 6 years ago from Austin. Texas Author

Thanks akirchner!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Looks very beautiful indeed!

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PaulaK 6 years ago from Austin. Texas Author

Yes, it is beautiful Pamela!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Paula, It looks like you live in a beautiful area of Texas.

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