It sure gets dry in west texas
I moved to West Texas ten years ago from Alaska and had never seen dry weather like we have in this part of the world. I married my wife shortly after moving here, she owns a farm and one of the important part of farming, especislly dry land farming, like Vesata's farm is. An important instrument on these dry land farms is the "Rain Guage". Now there is a large pipe in the ground out on the west side of the house. The pipe is about four feet in height with a six in I.D. I have no idea what it was placef there for but Vesta had her rain gauge placed in the top of this pipe, there was some dirt in the top of the pipe and the rain gauge just set in the dirt but did not stand straight up very well, and decided to fis that. I got a piece of wood from the shop about six inches square, it was wide enough to just barely fit inside of that pipe after using a hammer to drive it in. With rain gauge affixed to the the board there was no way that the gauge could keep from standing straight up and getting a good read on any rainfall, this worked pretty well for a few years. Now before I go much further I need to say the board was from the shop and was, supposedly kiln dried lumber, don't recall the species right now. Well, three years ago the drought set in, almost no rain but lots of hot dry wind and no cotton grew to amount to much. One day I recently I noticed that the rain gauge was missing and when I looked, I found that it along with the bosrd was at the bottom of the pipe, the wood had dried out enough to cause it to shrink enough to drop down inside of the pipe. What I believed to be pretty dry wood was not so dry after all. We just bought a new rain guage and it has its own stand that goes into the ground, we don't need the pipe for this one. Oh yes, we have gotten some rain this year and I doublt if I could pull that board back to the top of the pipe even if I could get a hold of it some how. Yes, it can get dry here in West Texas.
Maybe the board didn't shrink, and the pipe just expanded in the heat, who knows.
Last edited by Jerry Bowen; 07-03-2013 at 03:31 PM.