Aug 11, 2013 - Aug 17, 2013
daily average °F
30 year average
2013-08-11
70.85 °F
2013-08-12
71.05 °F
2013-08-13
67.05 °F
2013-08-14
69.45 °F
2013-08-15
69.35 °F
2013-08-16
68.4 °F
2013-08-17
70.6 °F
30 year avg.
72.8 °F
30 year avg.
72.75 °F
30 year avg.
72.65 °F
30 year avg.
72.5 °F
30 year avg.
72.35 °F
30 year avg.
72.2 °F
30 year avg.
72.1 °F
  • iSeeChanger, Megan Hines said apples seemed to be ripe earlier than usual in Wisconsin. With fruit season approaching in western Colorado, KVNF's Travis Bubenik zooms out a bit and looks at how Colorado’s biggest fruit crop fits into the national scene.
  • Finally, some good news about the effects of climate change. It may have triggered a growth spurt in two of California's iconic tree species: coast redwoods and giant sequoias. Since the 1970s, some coast redwoods have grown at the fastest rate ever, according to scientists who studied corings from trees more than 1,000 years old.
Have you seen change this week?
  • This is a Puffball mushroom. A friend brought it from Kebler Pass where she reported seeing lots of them. It is a smaller size that has not started to sporulate in the center. This one is about to become lasagna.

    Question:
    Can I get these to grow in my yard in Paonia?
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  • One thing I've noticed over the last couple of years is the tendency to scrutinize every vagary of weather in light of global climate change. I fear this micro-view can turn out to be misleading, since weather patterns always have and always change from year to year, sometimes dramatically. Let's not let normal, transient changes distract us from the big picture, where change is more visible in longer-term trends.

    Question:
    If we should be paying attention to social/psychological effects of concern about climate change.
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  • We hiked up Steven's Gulch this morning. I was surprised to see so many ripe raspberries. I've always nibbled on them when I'm bowhunting which always starts the last Saturday in August, so it seems early to me.

    Question:
    Even raspberries so ripe they were dropping off in my hand were a bit tart. Does the weather affect the sweetness?
    Timing:
    Earlier
    Quantity:
    Normal
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  • I can't say I'm seeing more mushrooms and puffballs, but a friend who hunts mushrooms was concerned that with the lack of moisture earlier that there may not be any. Sounds like she need not worry.

    Question:
    Is there a timing factor for moisture and a good mushroom crop? Other factors?
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  • The last couple weeks I've noticed more puff balls and mushrooms than I've ever seen in my 9 summers on Black Mesa (30 miles east of Crawford, 12 miles west of Blue Mesa Dam. I assume this is because of all the rains of the last month and my ground is much more moist than normal.

    Question:
    Has anyone else seen way more puff-balls and mushrooms than normal.
    Quantity:
    More
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  • The wild crawfish are still running in the Atchafalaya Basin, extending the season later into the summer than anyone can remember. The crawfishermen say the water came late, but in past seasons like this, the crawfish never ran this far into August.

    Question:
    What's changed? Also what makes crawfish turn blue?
    Decision:
    To check the prices and see if we can still do a crawfish boil in our backyard!
    Timing:
    Later
    Quantity:
    More
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