- Inflow in the Highland Lakes, which provide water to Austin and surrounding cities, is 1 percent of what it was a year ago. As a result, Austin’s reservoir, Lake Travis, is now half empty.
- Many Texas rivers have simply stopped flowing.
- This drought is the costliest ever for farmers. Ranchers say it will take at least a decade to rebuild their devastated herds.
- Parched cattle moved to better pasture are dying from drinking too much water.
- The Austin area has had more than 40 days over 100 degrees this year; the average is 12.
- A lake in Texas turned blood red as it dried out, which some saw as a sign of the apocalypse. (Turns out it’s just algae.)
- All 254 counties in Texas have been declared natural disasters.
It might be time to stop praying, Texas, and face the facts: Climate change is going to make these unfortunate conditions more and more common — and even worse — down the road. It’s time to mitigate, adapt, and stop denying the facts.
Comment by Adamantine:
I suppose if they quit praying we might start. It is true that often those in great need quit praying.