As I mentioned in my last post, so many plants that had been dormant for weeks in the summer heat have started blooming again now that we are having "cooler" weather. My Texas sage bushes have all burst into bloom this week. And the Red Bird of Paradise bushes (also known as Pride of Barbados) suddenly have many more and brighter blooms instead of an anemic few.
But another way I can tell fall is on its way here in the desert southwest is that my skin is becoming very dry and starting to itch because dew points and humidity are rapidly falling. Until I moved here, I never knew that there was any humidity in the desert. But when the monsoon season starts here in mid June, dew points begin to rise into the 50's. Humidity from the moist southerly winds routinely will be in the 30 to 60 percent range.Both are a welcome relief from the parching dryness.
|Mexican Bird of Paradise|
Just this week dew points have fallen from the 50's to the mid 30's. And we've had a few days where the humidity has fallen into the single digits. So bring out the heavy duty moisture creams, and if this fails to take away the itch, grab the benadryl cream.