April heat wave broke weather records

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This just in from the National Weather Service:

Record April heat has ended…

Many daily and monthly high temperature records were broken from
Saturday April 25th to Monday April 27th across the area.

For the regional Airport daily records were broken for
April 25th and the 27th. On April 25th a record high temperature of
85 degrees was set which breaks the old record for the day of 81
set in 1990. On April 27th a record high temperature of 89 degrees
was set which breaks the old record of 85 set in 1990. This high
temperature of 89 degrees yesterday also broke the record high
temperature for April. The old record high was 88 set on April 28th
in 1990. This temperature was the highest it has been seen June 9th
of 2008.

In addition… the low temperature on April 25th of 55 degrees tied
the record high minimum temperature for the date previously set in
1994. The average temperature for April 25th of 70 degrees broke the
old record for the day of 65 set in 1990. The average temperature
for April 27th of 75 degrees broke the old record for the day of 74
set in 1990. This average temperature of 75 degrees was the second
highest for the month of April. The highest average April
temperature is 76 degrees set on April 17th in 2002.

Records for the regional Airport go back to 1951.

We always record higher high temperatures in the summer and lower lows year round compared to the regional airport. The day they hit 89F, we recorded 95F on our digital thermometer, whose sensor is in the shade. But we recorded 50F for our “high miniumum temperature” when they recorded 55 degrees. This pattern of being both colder and warmer than the NWS station has been consistent over several thermometers at our house.

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Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

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Seasonal Wisdom May 4, 2009, 4:32 pm

Well goodness, if that weather keeps up — you’ll have to change the name of your blog. :0 Gotta love Mother Nature…

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The Garden of Self Defence May 3, 2009, 5:57 am

A very merry start to International Compost Awareness Week to you and your readers.

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Donalyn May 2, 2009, 2:16 pm

Wow – I had to come back and comment again to see the Twitter thingie in action! How’d you do that?

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Donalyn May 2, 2009, 2:15 pm

It was 95 here that day too – hope we don’t get a hard frost that wipes out all my early opening lilacs before I get a chance to enjoy them. It sure is pretty out now though.

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Ilona May 1, 2009, 1:52 pm

It was quite hot here, too… but not quite that hot! I keep a thermometer in the shade on my back porch and now one in the new greenhouse ( which did get hot as blazes).

It does make me wonder what to expect as the season progresses.

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commonweeder April 30, 2009, 2:45 pm

My husband now has an official weather station so I should have more accurate information from now on. However, I can tell you that those hot days made buds fatten, leaves unfurl and shoots reach for the sun. I hope none of us have been fatally fooled.

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