Over the past 28 years, Trees for Houston has planted around 419,000 trees. As other parts of Texas battled wildfires the size of Massachusetts for 218 days, Trees for Houston identified damaged trees. The Houston Chronicle reports the excessive drought caused trees to display signs of drought damage, including yellowing leaves and leaf drop from the crown of the tree. Recently the damage has worsened with leaves dying from the bottom of the tree upward and from inside the canopy outward. Two years ago, another drought was followed by heavy rains mixed with dry months. To further aggravate the situation, drought-stricken trees attract disease and insects. Volunteers are now are watering 7,000 of the 25,000 trees planted last January.
Fastcast: Clouding up, warmer.
Sunny, with a high near 87 degrees. Calm winds becoming easterly around 5 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, with a low about 68 degrees. Easterly winds around 5 mph.