An all too familiar sight across the West, this spring and rainfall fed stockwater pond has gone dry. Rainfall for 3 of the past 4 years has been below average https://drycrikjournal.com/rainfall-history-1/ following the 2012-2016 drought. In short, for 7 of the past 10 years rainfall has been below average.
Though currently temperatures have been running above 110 degrees https://drycrikjournal.com/journal-2022-23/ our summer has been relatively cool with more monsoonal presence than we’re used to, but without moisture. Typically, it’s too warm for our grass to survive before the middle of October anyway.
As new calves hit the ground, we’re looking forward to fall and a chance for moisture and feed for the remainder of our cattle.
Lots of big oaks and sycamores shedding limbs and going down on South Fork. Forecast for a third consecutive La Nina year (which hasn’t happened in 100 years) is grim. We got .09″ of this monsoonal moisture. Guess we’ve got to just hope for the best, expect the worst, and take what comes. So here’s hoping.
Wild ride ahead, let’s hope for the best.