I cannot believe that it is already September. School is back in full swing and routine is setting back into our lifestyle.
The other day I was shocked when a meteorologist in Houston, Texas announced that on record there had not been one day this year that reached 100 degrees. That is so unusual! 1997 was the last time that this has happened.
The ranch is farther north and further from the Gulf of Mexico than Houston, and has I believe achieved temperatures to 100 degrees this summer. However, the point remains that this summer has been unusually mild.
I am in no way complaining. In fact, I am celebrating the fact. It is wonderful. It has been hot; don’t get me wrong. It has not been scorching hot.
This is better for our cattle and animals. Nothing does well when there is no relief from the heat. Without the scorching heat, our pasture grass does better, too. It is not getting burned back and turning brown. It is still green and growing.
So what does this mean for the rest of the year? Will we continue to experience below normal temperatures through the winter,too? NOAA predicts exactly this pattern. In fact, only Texas and New Mexico are facing below normal temperatures this winter. Click here to read up on it.
I’m no expert, but I hear freezing temperatures more often than normal, which means that we need to have good windbreaks for the cattle and plenty of hay. It would be much better to be overly prepared than not prepared at all.
Enjoy the last few weeks of our mild summer. You might consider using them to get prepared for less than normal winter temperatures.