It Rained Here This Morning
Finally! I awoke to thunder, lightning and rain. It was a pretty fast hit-and-run thunderstorm that did not linger for long, but it dropped about 0.70" of rain here.
Our county's mesonet station had gone 30 days without recording a single rainfall of 0.25" or greater, and things were crunchy-dry here. I've been watering like crazy the last 3 or 4 days trying to keep my trees alive as their leaves began falling, an indication they were going into drought-induced dormancy. The fruit trees and ornamental understory trees in particular were dropping leaves like mad.
One plum tree dropped all its leaves 3 or 4 weeks ago. It had started to leaf out again and this morning it has one small flower in bloom. This is not unusual after drought-induced dormancy and will not impair the tree's ability to set fruit next spring.
I'm headed out to the garden now to pull weeds and harvest. I don't care if I am covered in mud from head to toe. It's just nice to have some rain fall again.