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Fall in Central Texas
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Fall Wants to Stay Until Winter is Officially Here
The leaves have been fluttering off of our local trees for weeks. Several strong cold fronts have come through the area and lowered our temperatures to 32 degrees more than once. No substantial rain has fallen since September. Fall foliage colors in 2010 have been muted and short lived. The golds and browns on trees have been prevalent in the area with a touch of dark burgundy hues and an occasional bright yellow and red.
As the leaves have fallen and the trees have become bare of foliage, winter has seemed closer than ever. It has given us the feeling that winter might be early this year. Alas, Mother Nature has fooled us once again. It seems that there is one last burst of color emerging in the area as yet another cold front approaches the area. Could it spark some brighter colors in our leaves?
Bare Trees and Some ColorClick thumbnail to view full-size
Is It Still Fall?
The official declaration of Winter's start fast approaches, but mild temperatures this week and colors bursting forth in the midst of barren trees has provided a renewed feeling of Fall. In my weekly grocery store visit this morning, I noted several pairs of shorts and flip-flops walking the aisles. Todays temperatures warmed to 73 degrees around noon and then began falling as the next blast of cold air made its entrance known. Leaves danced in the street, racing to their next destination - the neighbor's yard.
Water levels have been dropping in Lake Travis for the last several months. The lack of notable rain since September has produced yet another drought, as La Nina hovers over the South Central section of the country. The water supply is adequate, but Sometimes Island is again emerging from the middle of the Lake.
Driving by our favorite Lake Travis inlet today, it was evident that the boaters have not been deterred from water activities. The ramps appear usable and the inlet is deep enough to allow boats to pass through to the main part of the Lake.
Our Future Forcast
Continued dry weather is forecast through December. Fire warnings have been released until further notice because of northern gusty winds and dry conditions.
Christmas is just around the corner yet I am still enjoying my favorite season of the year! I look at the hues of color in the trees and smile at the beauty of this time of year in Central Texas.
I am glad that we have no snow, no icy roads, and no temperatures in the teens. I appreciate every cold front we experience because it adds a crispness to the air and keeps our area cool. Merry Christmas and enjoy the beauty of this changing season!