2013-03-18: Went on a field trip today to the MSU dairy farm and the organic farm. It was about 39 with cloud cover...and as always on our Tuesday field trips - it snowed. With the considerable amount of pines in my yard and the neighbor's yards, the snow cover and ice still have a hold. I was hoping to get a start on the tilling of my garden, but it looks like at least a couple of weeks out.
2013-03-16: Started seeing the return of my turkey buzzards. Two years ago there was two that nested in my back yard, last year there were six across the way in the neighbors yard, and as my video shows, there are 12 that are in the pines in my back yard. Sand Hill Cranes, Sand Pipers, and one fly- have showed their faces. Portions of my yard are still frozen, but the thaw is here. Had (I hope) our last light snow of the season last week and hopefully the over-night temperatures of teens are gone this week.
1935-03-28: Plowed a garden south of the house most of the day. Went to a dance at Bull Creek. Last night ice froze almost an inch thick.
1934-03-29: Sprayed most of the day with lime and sulphur. Harrowed in the pm. Blowed like hell.
1934-03-23: Made canvas to catch worms till about noon. Raked and hauled brush. Apricots are in full bloom.
2013-03-29: With regard to this message I got today: Are you seeing scorpions too? Michelle Nijhuis found a scorpion in her house in March. She usually sees them in June! Scorpions in the Grand Canyon, and probably those in Delta County too, fluoresce very brightly under UV light at night. That's a fun way to spot them on the beach, or on rocks (where you'd see them otherwise at night), and probably in your home too. David Inouye
2013-03-31: Rhubarb peeking out. Some say that March is our biggest month for snow- it didn't seem that way this year.
2013-03-31: Weather graphs for March, 2013, from Jay RAWS. Precip is looking better at 4.33 inches for the year to date. Compare with past years: 2012- 2.7" and bad local fire years: 2002- 6.73", 2004- 3.91", and 2007- 8.11".
2013-03-27: The recent major cold snap did not seem to keep the river / snow melt from rising, but it did keep me from getting my flats planted with starts! The wind was crazy and I hope it's not going be another one of those windy springs.
2013-03-27: The hyssops I planted in June 2011 each have 1 stem/2 leaves coming up. They were 10 days to 2 weeks earlier last year. Hyacinths are poking about 1.5" up through their leaves. Deer are munching on tulip leaves so all is normal! I planted several rows of kale and Green Ice lettuce this week.
2013-03-28: A winter garden thrived this year without any protection on Bainbridge Island, Puget Sound. Our greens-fed bodies are headed to Paonia to see what changes are afoot there next week.
2013-03-14: Berkeley weather sometimes can be crazy. Although you check the weather and it said it's sunny or it's going to rain, you cannot really predict it. Today it's said high is 69 fahrenheit. It was really cold in the morning and little sunlight during the day and so cold again at night. Throughout this week, I feel that the weather cannot really decided whether to be cold or to be hot? They just cannot decided!!!!
2013-03-16: More sights and sounds of spring. On 3/13, I heard a couple "creaks" from a leopard frog. They seem to respond more to the weather than the calendar. Also saw a couple of unidentified small, orange butterflies. Our native golden currant leaf buds are swelled up. This is about the same time as the past couple of years.
2013-03-17: Just planted my peas and spinach. Would've planted all my cold greens, onions and potatoes too, but the beds aren't ready yet. Waiting for seed starter soil to get my starts going under lights. Cut back perennials & readied some flower and veggie beds... more to do.
2013-03-17: The mosquitoes are already biting! Tonight, my son found 3 bites on his leg!
2013-03-17: Last Thursday we saw a heard of elk at the Paonia River Park! Definitely a first for us!
2013-03-12: Getting nervous about a potential high of 75 by Thursday... really? That's crazy! Feels nice, but we still need our wet spring snows. Can't believe I'm going through my seeds for planting.... I feel like I just took a break. Overall, this winter was fast, though I still have "cabin fever"!
2013-03-11: Been noticing more of these semis with big bales of corn stalks on the road. Judd Rodman is on his way to Silt with a load. Says he has bailing these since the '90s and the market for this alternative cattle fodder is way up since the price of hay is that way too.
2013-03-11: Our front-yard maple tree is beginning to bloom & is attracting lots of bees today. Sunny, low 50s.
2013-03-03: March 4, 2013 Daffodils and hyacinths are just starting to poke up. At least I *think* hyacinths are coming up. Hard to tell which is which when they're 1/4" high. This is later than the last 3 springs. I haven't seen crocuses up yet but they have bloomed as early as 2/28/11 and 3/5/12. Also, my silver mound plant is showing new growth.
2013-03-06: Yesterday I enjoyed a day at Orvis Hot Springs, there's a hill side with mint that usually in these cold months has little to none. Yesterday it was full of delicious herb. I enjoyed cup after cup of mint and water.
2013-03-07: Plenty of ice still under the snow...but snow is shrinking and the days are getting longer.
2013-03-03: Elm, Juniper & Maple already at strong medium pollen levels! Measurable pollen started showing up almost two weeks ago...
2012-03-02: One of my goats had surprise babies on the afternoon of March 2, 2012. After a very mild and warm January and February, the night of March 2 dropped very low in temperature (compared to weeks before) and it was 6 degrees on Garvin Mesa. The babies were just hours old when the dark settled in with the cold. I set the babies under a heat lamp in the barn with their mom and they made it through the night. I remember thinking... of all nights... she chose the coldest night to have her babes... and i was grateful for electricity to keep the babies warm on their first night...
2012-03-04: Alba with her 2 day old babes. Significant snow on the ground and on the mountains for what I recall to be a low snow year. March 4, 2012
2012-03-23: Man injured in ag burn that went out of control on Redlands Mesa, with burns to face and hands, heat exhaustion. Jay RAWS weather station reported (historical) 73 deg, 11% RH, 21 MPH gusts, at the approximate time of the fire, the weather conditions at the fire site were likely more extreme.
2012-03-25: @MichelleNijhuis says, "Pollen allergies are kicking in a whole week early - ugh!"
2012-03-04: 3-5-12 Put the shade cloth on the greenhouse. I can't keep it below 100 degrees inside. This is a week earlier than last year according to my notes. Outside temps 60 degrees during the day.
2012-03-18: Landowner severely injured from "controlled burn", other civilian moderately burned. Minutes after calling the Delta County Burn Line, the landowner starts a ditch burn in heavy winds. He's almost immediately overcome by fire and is severley burned. His wife suffers burns to her hands attempting to rescue the man. Both are transported to the hospital, and eventually sent to a Utah burn center.
2013-04-30: I don't see anymore mosquitos that were out and about a month ago. Dandelions are everywhere! And the birds are very busy early in the morning, my favorite part of summer, beats the alarm clock!
2013-04-30: My bing cherry trees are starting to bloom, other cherry swollen buds. One pear in full bloom, but not other.
2013-04-30: Our first Red Flag warning of the year, by this datelast year we had worn out the Red Flag flag pole.
2013-04-29: Well I messed that one up anyway both tulip and weeping cherry are two weeks behind last year
2013-04-29: Yesterday, April 28th 2013 us residents of El Paso witnessed a very pleasant and warm day. From early morning to the night skies. Perfect weather for this time of the year.
2013-04-29: Today, we woke up to a very warm morning with slight breezes coming from the east. Looks like the were going to have a nice day the way we have been for the past couple of days. Seems normal for this time of the year.
2013-04-24: In Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Monday the 22nd was around 60 degrees, and warm and sunny. We didn't have to wear sweatshirts for track because it was so warm. Then on Tuesday it was around 45 degrees, cold, windy, and a little drizzly. Complete opposite of Monday. Today it is about 47 degrees and sunny, and is supposed to get up to 50 degrees today.
2013-04-25: Today April the 25th the weather was cloudy mid morning which then turned into a sunny afternoon here in El Paso, TX. The high was at 79 degrees Fahrenheit with gusts peaking at 25mph. Weather is simply very unpredictable.
2013-04-23: Light snow fall this morning then a burst of dry micro hail. Still freezing most nights.
2013-04-24: It is currently 65 degrees out and sunny. This is very different from the beginning of the week, with the weird cold weather. I will probably be able to go for a run without wearing a jacket or sweatshirt.
2013-04-26: It is currently 69°F and sunny which is very different from the begging of the week when it was cold and cloudy.
2013-04-27: Here in Horizon, TX. we've witnessed a very hot day. As opposed to the rest of the week that was windy and cloudy this was a very big change in weather.
2013-04-22: Rain, snow, wind, repeat.... I went skiing yesterday - first time this late in season (for me) for many a year. I still haven't gotten my potatoes planted - too all of the above. I'm concerned about what I've already planted!
2013-04-22: The current temperature in Ely is 65 degrees and is party cloudy. This is much warmer then the temperatures over the last few days, and is right at what the average temperature is for this time of year. The temperature seems to be back on track for the month of April.
2013-04-23: Tree swallows are back--at least 2--and there's lots of mating going on. I put up 2 birdhouses for blue birds but the swallows are starting to move in. I'm hearing more leopard frogs now, but I'm not sure the chorus hasn't thinned some from last year.
2013-04-23: I hope I can harvest my cabbages in the little black plastic tray I bought them in almost 2 weeks ago! It never dries out enough to plant. I also dug out my cross-country skis and clothes to go out Sun. Latest date for me, too.
2013-04-16: More photos of dust storm... the wind still continues raging incessantly... This is the Mt Lamborn right off my front porch.
2013-04-16: Windy day carries in the dust. The sky is grey like it might snow but its 60 degrees. You can barely see Lamborn and Lands end from Hotchkiss.
2013-04-16: Lots of desert blowing into our area today! Major "March-like" snow storms hitting mid-April. Mixture sounds like rapid snow melt may be in the forecast!
2013-04-16: Lots of dust blowing in the atmosphere today, another major dust event on top of lots of new snow, not good. At least the Roaring Fork snowpack is at its historical average now....
2013-04-16: Just below freezing this morning in Hotchkiss, but heavy frost due to a couple of days of soaking rain. The plants are White Top, an invasive which seems to be doing very well this year.
2013-04-08: 4/13/13: A humming bird buzzed by (I heard then saw it) today mid-morning. I was shocked as I've never seen them here before May 2 in the 5 springs I've been here. I put out a feeder but haven't seen any others.
2013-04-10: A sparkly blanket of snow overs the ground this morning, about 3 + inches deep. 18 degrees this morning.
2013-04-09: On 8-9April, we have an important winter storm over western Colorado. Good News: The San Juan mountains have had over an inch of snow water equivalent with more falling on the 9th. Bad News: big plumes of Arizona dust came in with the warm sector of the storm on 8April. Dust on Snow is bad news because it leads to faster than normal spring runoff. Bad News #2: low temperatures forecast for Wednesday morning/10April is 21-25 degrees F for the Grand and North Fork valleys. This will vary from location to location. Critical temperatures (90% kill rate) for apricots and cherries is 24 degrees. Will this be the third year in a row my apricot tree will be fruit free?
2013-04-08: I've only heard an occasional "creaky door" chirp of leopard frogs coming from our wetlands this spring, even after several days of warm weather. In the past, after warm weather I've heard a chorus of frogs by this time of the year. Our wetlands dried up completely last fall. Did that hurt the frogs' survival? Has anyone else noticed fewer frogs this spring?
2013-04-03: My apricot tree is in bloom! Blossoms started opening April 3rd...and the bees arrived 1.5 seconds later! Full bloom now.
1935-04-08: Peeled posts for the yard fence. It rained quite a shower in the night and most of the forenoon. A dandy rain, enough to wet the ground.
1935-04-04: Hauled manure. The wind blew pretty hard and it tried to rain and it couldn't.
1933-04-20: Cleaned ditches all day. Four inches of snow in the morning all went during the day.
1933-04-15: Froze ice an inch thick. 10 above the goose egg this morning. Hauled brush about all day.
2013-04-02: Since all signs point to another drought year and low snowpack overall, I'm rethinking my garden...
2013-04-03: Tree Swallows above the farm. I counted 27 but probably more. Aerial insectivores like to eating bugs like mosquitoes on the wing! Can't have too many of them around can we? We've had a good number of mosquitoes around this week.
2012-04-05: @Maria Hodkins keeps an eye out for dandelions in her Paonia backyard. Check out her sketch and photos - this year's blooms came two and half weeks early!
2012-04-29: @DougFritz and the Hotchkiss Fire Protection District take on a run of the mill uncontrolled control burn, but April is off the charts dry and dangerous.
2012-04-29: @Rob Miller "planting second round of greens,Arugula and cilantro tomorrow. Prepped beds today."
2012-04-30: @Lake City Silver World says,"Green aspen in April is virtually unknown, the historic and traditional date for aspen leaves being May 14th."
2012-04-23: @BillyBarr says, "Today is the earliest "bare ground" in Gothic date in the past 40 years. It is currently 64 degrees and sunny, and Billy is very happy."
2012-04-12: @MichelleNijhuis sees, "Kiddo (and propane heater) in the Fresh and Wyld greenhouses."
2012-04-08: Rivers are rising and reservoirs are filling--the spring runoff is well underway. And it’s happening much earlier than usual. Warm temperatures are the main culprit, but there’s another factor causing snowpack to melt faster… Dust on Snow
2012-04-06: @JeffSchwartz lights bonfires beneath his early blossoming cherry trees to keep temperatures from dipping below 28 degrees last night.
2012-04-15: 4-15-12 Snow! Wrapped the fruit trees since they started to open their buds on April 5.
2012-04-20: @ScottHorner says the lilacs are about to bloom so it's time to plant potatoes!
2012-04-08: 4-10-12 Garden early April. Row covers over the broccoli, cabbage, kales and other early crops.
2012-04-01: 4-2-12 No real water yet. Ground is dry, only a mist of rain today. Notes from 2011- snowed 4-9 &10
2012-04-08: 4-15-12 Woke up to 1+ inches of wet snow, similar to last year. Notes from 2011- a dusting of snow in the morning 26 degrees tonight.
2012-04-22: 4-28-12 The last two nights have been close to freezing. Days have been in the 60's but feel cool. Notes from 2011- rain for three days temps 40-60's
2012-04-29: May Day 5-1-12 Ordered ladybugs to deal with the aphids. Last year I had no problem with them in the greenhouse at this point.
2013-05-27: Leafy Spurge is beginning to bloom, which makes it easy to identify. Though pretty, it is treacherous. It can make horses sick. Delta County and Colorado State have designated it a noxious weed that legally must be eradicated, suppressed or controlled as possible. Hay that is taken into the high country must be certified spurge-free, so a field infestation can impact a farmer's ability to sell the hay. Its roots go deep roots and wide; it spreads by the roots like bindweed, as well as abundant seeds. More info: http://www.deltacounty.com/documentcenter/view/7647
2013-05-24: It appears that the Golden Eagle chicks have lost their downy white feathers and replaced them with the more traditional GE feathers.
2013-05-24: We were 70% below normal in moisture in the last 4 days we have received 4 plus inches of rain. In the last four years we have lost our canal to soil slippage due to water weight from heavy spring rains. Our water district is over 75 years old and we had no slippage of our canals banks until the last four years. Last March we had three days in the 90's totally unheard of. Our rivers water volume is off by 30% in August and September, warmer summers causing early run off.
2013-05-22: On the evening of May 22, I saw a non-venomous snake I'd never seen before in this area. I identified it as a racer. My husband saw one on another area of our property the day before. I saw it on bare ground and it stayed very still with its head about 4" off the ground. I walked away and came back 4-5 min. later and it had not moved at all.
2013-05-21: The boys noticed that the dandelions were much bigger than ever before. Yep, they're huge! We've never seen dandelions this tall.
2013-05-21: First buckwheat seedlings and one purslane, plus others of those weeds and foods that like a certain soil temperature to germinate.
2013-05-21: I too, like Rita, have noticed prolific serviceberry blossoms. They stink like uncooked wet potatoes but I know the value of the sweet berries to come. We share those gems with the bears and the birds on long horseback rides to keep our mouths sweet!
2013-05-17: Our large cherry tree was full of blossom buds, some marginally popped open however, they never ended up blooming like our other cherries. The tree is suddenly dead in that partial bud state - no leaves at all! What would cause that?
2013-05-16: Serviceberry blossoms frost the canyon slopes like a dusting of snow. I've never seen them so prolific.
2013-05-05: Cinco de Mayday. Sunny, but a brisk wind blows ahead of a cold front. Reportedly, four days of rain is headed our way.
2013-05-02: I felt an earthquake! Turns out there were 2 centered near the Ridgway Reservoir. I live near town and felt (and heard) it here but more like a "soundwave" - it seemed more on the roof than on the ground. It was the talk of the town all day! USGS confirms the first at 7:11 AM (2.9) and at second at 7:16 AM (2.7 magnitude).
2013-05-03: Ahh, spring.... Observed a pair of Kestrels mating on the top branch of a juniper tree right outside of our dining area this morning.
2013-05-01: While "average" and "normal" are terms we shouldn't use about weather in our area, this spring is at least approaching something along that order. Note that the year-to-date precip for the Jay RAWS station seems pretty good at almost 6 inches. But take a glance at the blue line in the other chart, representing the daily RH lows and you'll see a drying trend that's a better indicator of our fire potential as we head into Wildfire Season.
2013-05-02: It is cold and windy right now which is a drastic change from earlier in the week when it was 80 degrees.
1933-05-06: Pruned cherries all. Rained a little, snowed a little, and blew like hell. Blowed awful hard last night.
2012-05-31: @SmythBoone sees, "Two Golden Eagle babes perched on the edge of Jumbo Mountain."
2012-05-05: Busy days at the Farm and Home ahead of Mother's Day aka "Husbands day to help in the garden"
2012-05-07: @EmilyHartnett says, "I have been seeing mosquitos around for at least 3 weeks now... seems very early. also seems like a lot of flies at my place already."
2012-05-09: @RitaClaggett says, "I captured what looked like a double bee swarm (two queens) and moved it to my yard.
2012-05-18: @JeffSchwartz says, "Lake Delicious Sunrise irrigating... Always a pleasure!"
2012-05-24: @DonLareu says, "Flowers are coming a month to a couple weeks earlier this year!"
2012-05-27: Local farmers in the North Fork Valley are recovering from the hard freeze that took many by surprise Memorial Day weekend. iSeeChange takes a look at how people made out and at the science behind those last frost dates.
2012-05-27: @AlisonGannett says, "I planted corn a month early, but we still got that classic memorial day frost. This may be the hardest part of climate change."
2012-05-27: 5-27-12 Got down to 30 degrees last night. Fruit trees look touched as well as lettuce(?) Expected to be near freezing again tonight. I have notes about high winds lasting several days in 2011 and 2012.
2012-05-31: @JeffSchwartz says, "Cherries are ripening fast! We expect to start picking cherries around June 10th. Call the store for more details."
2012-05-05: Beautiful day in the Gunnison Gorge, though we were icicles by the time we made it to Delta. First paddle of the year!
2012-05-20: 5-26-12 Elderberries flowering. June bearing strawberries coming in strong (May bearing strawberries?)
2012-05-13: 5-19-12 First planting outside, soybeans and some green beans. A week earlier than 2011, it was too wet and cool.
2012-05-06: 5-11-12 Rain showers afternoon and evening. Notes from two years ago say it was still snowing.
2012-05-06: 5-5-12 the first day I noticed hummingbirds in my yard and grasshoppers in the greenhouse.
2013-06-30: The monthly Jay RAWS graphical display of Temperature, RH, and Precipation. Note the one-day splash of rainfall, and the wider separation in the lines between Temp and RH. Also, the little variation between the highs and lows for each line, particularly, with the Temperature line, which may indicate Thermal Banding at the elevation the RAWS station is located at.
2013-06-30: I saw between 4-5 dead racoons in a 10 mile stretch of highway 34 east of McCook, Neb.
2013-06-29: 6/28/13: cabbage moths are abundant. I counted at least 13 today in 25 ft. X 35 ft. area. Wildflowers are diverse and beautiful up Steven's Gulch.
2013-06-21: May 2013 was the third-warmest May on record. "The global temperature has been above average now 339 straight months (more than 28 years). The last time global temperatures were below average (February, 1985)." More info here.
2013-06-22: 6/20/13: My coreopsis is starting to bloom. Has been both earlier and later than this in the 5 years I've lived here.
2013-06-22: 6/21/13: We saw many nighthawks--guessing about 2 dozen. I've seen a couple occasionally on summer evenings but not this many. The book, Colorado Birds, lists the common nighthawk as uncommon to fairly common in western Colorado.
2013-06-23: Gardener's Log 6/23/13, Hotchkiss, CO: Volunteer mammoth sunflower in front yard -- Height measured, evening 6/21 -- 48", Height measured evening 6/22 -- 51 1/2". Three and one-half inches growth in 24 hours. Top view -- sun-tracking leaf presentation.
2013-06-23: Top view -- sun-tracking leaf presentation. Works pretty slick. The center part grows upward leaving the large outer leaves farther down the stalk.
2013-06-19: I am not sure I've ever noticed more Yucca in bloom around Ridgway. The hills and my yard are dotted with beautiful white stalks of flowers!
2013-06-19: Still hot here in Durango, CO. Two wildfires burning on Wolf Creek pass near Wolf Creek Ski area.
2013-06-16: I saw young turkeys near Roatcap Creek last Sunday, big enough to fly, almost grouse size.
2013-06-11: Way too hot for June. We turned on the air conditioner for the first time 6 days earlier than last year.
2013-06-11: I saw first dragon flies of the year but my husband spotted a couple a few days ago.
2013-06-14: Hot hot hot! Dry dry dry! Mosquitoes, grasshoppers & skunks about sums up the types of critters out in abundance. Oh, and for the first time in our 17 yrs in this house, our main apple tree does not have any fruit! Whaaaa.
2013-06-03: "Oh, this is so disappointing," said rancher Gerald Schreiber yesterday while examining his pasture in Last Chance, Colo. A trifecta of drought, fire, and wind has transformed his fields into a blanket of invasive weeds, which his cattle spit out and holds little nutritional value.
2013-06-01: I have completed an initial study of how climate average has changed in this region. Check it out, let me know what you think, raw data available upon request. email@example.com http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=gjt&storyid=95090&source=0
2013-06-01: 5/21/13: Butterfly plant has buds 5/24/13: catmint plant starting to bloom 5/30/13 beard tongue penstemon blooming 6/1: pair of cinnamon teal ducks on our pond
2013-06-01: It seems like there are fewer bees this year. I know some native bees are solitary ground dwellers. Does anyone know if the ditch piping projects might have killed some of these bees?
1934-06-14: Weather clear and awful dry. Banded trees most of the day. Sold a few cherries.
1933-06-09: Chased water and harrowed in the Delicious apple orchard. Weather cool windy and awful dry.
2012-06-08: Delta County Firefighters respond to a fast moving wildfire in Surface Creek, north of Cedaredge. A young boy on an ATV was burned attempting to warn neighbors, one building was destroyed, between 25 and 50 acres burned in a narrow strip over 1.5 miles long.
2012-06-20: Residents in Paonia look to Mount Lamborn every year to gauge whether there will be enough irrigation water in the summer. But with a winter that never came and the earliest, driest spring on record, residents are preparing for drought.