I don't know about you, but from my perspective, the weather seems to have changed a bit since Katrina. And it isn't necessarily that the weather is more violent -- though we have had some violent storms in recent years -- it's just that the weather seems a bit more unusual.
This year is a good example. So far in San Angelo, Texas, we've had 100 triple digit days. We broke the old record by more than 30 days. And all of this comes at the same time we are having a record drought. About 1500 or 2000 miles east of here, they had a rather unusual hurricane roar through a couple of weeks ago. It wasn't the wind that caused most of the problems, but rather heavy rains. Wish we could take some of that water off of their hands.
Not long ago, a mild earthquake shook the East Coast.
Not to be outdone, West Texas decided it needed a mile eathquake, too. This past Sunday morning (9/11/11) at approximately 7:27, a 4.4 magnitude shake occured near Snyder, nearly 100 miles due north of San Angelo. I happened to be at the computer reading a weekly column a friend of mine writes, when suddenly there was a little shake. It actually felt as if I were in our travel trailer, and someone bounced the trailer. I didn't think anything of it until Donna mentioined it later that morning. Then we both agreed it was an earthquake.
We felt another one sometime in the 1990s while we were living in Ozona, about 80 miles southwest of San Angelo. There was a nice quake somewhere south of Alpine, Texas, and it was felt over much of the Big Bend and Pecos River country.
Wonder what will happen next. Maybe we'll have a tidal wave in San Angelo.