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I'm sitting in 68˚ t-shirt weather on our deck in the Sierra foothills looking out over daffodils, brilliant flowering quince and forsythia, lambs frolicking, a horse grazing. (Oh yeah, and the neighbor's pot farm.)

Most places have their good points and bad points. Well, except for Houston.

 

In NYC most of our winters aren't too bad. Neither are the summers. Unlike Florida we aren't used as a bullseye by hurricanes. And there are no droughts or wild fires and very little chance of a massive earthquake.

 

By this time next month I'll be walking through the magnolias in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

 

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I'm sitting in 68˚ t-shirt weather on our deck in the Sierra foothills looking out over daffodils, brilliant flowering quince and forsythia, lambs frolicking, a horse grazing. (Oh yeah, and the neighbor's pot farm.)

Most places have their good points and bad points. Well, except for Houston.

 

In NYC most of our winters aren't too bad. Neither are the summers. Unlike Florida we aren't used as a bullseye by hurricanes. And there are no droughts or wild fires and very little chance of a massive earthquake.

 

By this time next month I'll be walking through the magnolias in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

 

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Indeed, for everything there is a season. Here, 105˚ in August is not unusual, nor is 25˚ in winter. At home, well, there is fog. And in good years, rain.

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Instead of the delights of Chili's I was forced to endure a meal at Sahib last Saturday.

How were you addressed?

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NYC and NJ is still under a drought condition. It's been a big problem for many farmers.

 

Downstate NY is in the third highest of four drought stages as of mid-February.

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I know you're joking but I honestly don't remember. Service was very friendly.

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NYC and NJ is still under a drought condition. It's been a big problem for many farmers.

 

Downstate NY is in the third highest of four drought stages as of mid-February.

 

There are droughts and there are "droughts." The NYC EPA is extremely conservative in the way they label things. Here's a screenshot from today of NYC reservoir levels. And that's before the spring and summer rains which are, on average, higher than what we get in fall and winder.

 

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NYC and NJ is still under a drought condition. It's been a big problem for many farmers.

 

Downstate NY is in the third highest of four drought stages as of mid-February.

 

There are droughts and there are "droughts." The NYC EPA is extremely conservative in the way they label things. Here's a screenshot from today of NYC reservoir levels. And that's before the spring and summer rains which are, on average, higher than what we get in fall and winder.

 

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Back in mid March I posted about the tendency of local government's around here to exaggerate "drought" conditions. Then the reservoirs were between 86% and 96% with the spring rains about to arrive.

 

As of today they're near or over 100% and sending excess water down the spillways.

 

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I'm sure they mean well but those "drought" reports are wildly conservative. It's easy to check the actual water levels.

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