Week of September 16-22, 2023 Brignac, Louisiana.
The extreme drought conditions persist for another week with very little possibility of future meaningful rain. State wide ban on burning of any kind. Temperatures in the mid 90s, 40-50% relative humidity, and winds blowing 5-15 mph predicted for next week. Ground cracks of 3/4-1” on bare ground expanded. Brown pine trees joined stressed and dead water oak trees dotting the roadsides.
Tent caterpillars which were increasing in numbers in early August, seem to have disappeared during this drought. Lawn grasses are parched if not irrigated. Have been running private well water every day watering a different area of the landscape through impact sprinklers and drip hoses. Another large limb fell out of the water oak tree on Monday. Large containers with petunias, Tacoma, and lantana plants require daily watering. Lots of mosquitoes in the evening. Could be a result of my daily irrigation.