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Re: rainfall map

On the National Atlas rainfall map I can see NINE colors in Texas. (though I
still can't find a key as to what the colors indicate.) This might be a
little more informative, but from what you describe of differences from one
side of town to another, maybe not.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, December 06, 2003 1:07 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] rainfall map

> In a message dated 12/6/2003 8:00:09 AM Central Standard Time,
> gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
> Both frequency and
> > time of
> > occurrence would be as important as how much.  Just ask any flood
> > victim.
> Exactly!!!!
> Again, I think this is region specific.   Here the frequency of rain is
> important than the amount.  South Texas doesn't have a typical rain
> period....growing or dormancy.  The frequency of rain is the same for my
area or parts
> east of me....however the amount that they get is much more than we do.
> Instead of Xeriscaping, here the term is Waterwise gardening.  Unlike many
> areas that are dry constantly with high heat....we don't concentrate as
much on
> the heat as we do on the water requirements.  Not the frequency, but the
> amounts.   One has to plant the garden accordingly.  Plants have to be
able to
> survive periods of drought as well as periods of standing in water.  The
grade of
> the garden depends on how well the plants can take these conditions.
> that are less tolerant of wet feet get put in raised beds, or in pots
> saucers.   Parts east of me, don't plant anything that isn't tolerant of
> standing water.
> I agree that tables are a great start, however, they can easily be
> as well, especially when WAY off as in the Texas part of this chart.  This
> shows Pam and I getting pretty much the same rainfall....I think she'd be
> first to say that this is not even close to accuracy.
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast
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