Via Bill Dawson at Texas Climate News the bottom line is that tree loss due to the drought/heat wave in Texas was in excess of twenty trees per capita. Half a billion trees died, about ten per cent of the total number of trees in the state. If the drought continues into next summer, as is considered likely, tree mortality will be much higher.
It has been drizzling for weeks after months of relentless dry conditions. Consequently I am hopeful that this week’s drought monitor will show Austin in “extreme” drought, which would be something to celebrate, as we have been in the “extraordinary” drought category for quite a few months.