Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Slower pace for Milam life with triple digit days
Okay so it’s hot and time to seek shade. But look at the grass. Timely rains this spring and summer kept it green through July.
Reporter/Mike Brown It’s actually been a mild summer, so far, by Central Texas standards but we have one word for you.
With the transition to 2013’s eighth month, traditionally the hottest in the Rockdale area, the pace of life seems to slow down considerably.
July started out to be considerably hotter than a mild (for Texas) 2012 but a mid-month low pressure system uncharacteristically moved from the Ohio Valley into Texas and brought welcome rain along with relief from a string of 100-degree days.
There were nine days of 100- plus temperatures recorded in July, about average or a little less for Rockdale.
In August, however, the triple digits have returned and long-range forecasts see them sticking around for much of the month.
In fact, traditionally the hottest week of the year in Rockdale is the last week in August, blending into the first week of September.
Midsummer is a busy time in Milam County’s blackland ‘corn belt.’ This harvest is just off FM 486 northwest of Thorndale. It’s a month to bring in the harvest and enjoy the few blooming things that thrive in the mid-summer heat.
When will it cool off? Here’s another word for you.
Not all trees and blooming plants like the heat of mid-summer but crape myrtles sure do. It’s been an off and on past several summers for those in Rockdale but 2013 has turned out to be a banner year. These are at the corner of Belton and Green in east Rockdale. At times south breezes have produced a ‘pink rain’ underneath and even cracks in the streets underneath have assumed a delicate artistic touch.
At right. West Texas? No, just part of the Rockdale-area landscape of dry weather vegetation. These cacti are on Bushdale Road (County Road 305) just north of the Rockdale city limits. Above, it’s a good thing local thermometers go to three digits.