Yesterday, the low here was 8F (-13C). That's not too surprising. But Dee Nash of Red Dirt Ramblings told me her low that same day was 5F (-15C) in Oklahoma. Whoa! What's going on here? Check out Eric Berger's explanation in the Houston Chronicle. It turns out a lot of factors have contributed to the [...]
In the spirit of cold climate one-upmanship, let me direct your attention to the Snowfall Averages compiled by the National Climatic Data Center. (Sorry, I don't have Canadian data handy.) Unless your yearly snowfall is in the triple digits, you might as well give up on bragging rights. But you can get a good idea [...]
Last night it snowed. That, in itself, is not unusual for the second half of October. But normally we get flurries mixed with rain, and no accumulation. Yesterday a weather record for snow accumulation was broken. The official new record is 1.2 inches accumulation. The old record was "trace." And unofficial reports coming in tell [...]
Yikes! Snow predicted for Friday! This is happening too fast for me. Just had first hard frost (26F) last night.
Last night the National Weather Service issued a frost advisory for our area, and we did indeed get a frost. They are issuing a freeze warning for tonight. What's the difference? I contacted a member of the local weather station staff. He told me that Both [the frost advisory and the freeze warning] are only [...]
I saw frost in shady lawn this a.m., but coleus, cosmos, dahlias all look fine. Just that one spot, I guess.
Today is a gorgeous autumn day. Yes, autumn.
3 inches of rain in last 24hrs. Bet the late blight loved that. Humid & hot today-does it like heat? Update The same day I wrote this, another 1.3 inches of rain fell late in the afternoon. That makes 4.3 inches in 48 hours. We often don't get that much in a whole month, especially [...]
In the past 4 days have gotten almost 3in rain. Now it's supposed to warm up. I see weeds in my future. Weeds and blooms.
In Part 1 I mentioned the two hard frosts and a freeze we had recently, all of them rather later in the season than is typical. I illustrated how different species in the same genus reacted to the freeze differently, and also gave examples of plants that were damaged even though they were protected. Appearances [...]