2014-05-28: The frogs have arrived in full force at our NH pond, calling loudly back and forth from dusk onward.
2014-05-22: Third termite swarm this season, we spent another night in the dark, towels over the windows and doors!
2014-03-28: Big sky boomed over the West Elks yesterday evening, where this morning a crescent moon posed with Venus, always a show going on.
2014-03-28: The first mud-rains of the season in Western Colorado as Utah sweeps up in the wind and lands on us, painting mountain snows red, increasing the early-season melt.
2014-05-15: No sign of buds opening on black ash trees; oaks just barely opening flower buds; and tiny new leaves on elm, hackberry, hornbeam, and other trees. Only the maples have substantial leaves
2014-05-12: May 12 and 3" of SNOW! We're supposed to have a major freeze tonight and tomorrow night. I have a feeling we'll be saying good-bye to all the fruit this year, but I'm open to late surprises. Happy that it's keeping mosquitos away longer, but other than that......
2014-05-13: I'm a backyard bird watcher and have been seeing birds this spring that I've never seen before at my feeder. In the span of a couple of days last week a whole flock (12-14 or more) of white-throated sparrows ravaged my sunflower seeds. Also during this time I spied an oriole, wood thrush, rufous sided towhee and rose-breasted grosbeak. All on the same day! I also spotted my first ruby throated hummingbird on April 24--earliest ever!
2014-04-28: Six goslings hatched this morning in our nest box in our wetlands. 5 of them made it out of the box. The last one couldn't so my husband helped. He put the block of wood in the box so the last one would have a "stool" to get out but I was afraid he was tired from struggling to get out so he scooped him up and put him in the water. The parents flew off a short distance and watched us.
2014-04-20: A whir and a blur this morning. First unidentified hummingbird of the season. First time I've seen one before May.
2014-04-15: Blood-dazzled total lunar eclipse last night, while listening to eerie chop of orchard fans keeping out the spring freeze.
2014-04-07: The pollen count has now been in the "red zone" for many days. This week it is at the peak of the pollen.com meter! My asthma has never been so bad.
2014-04-07: Apple tree is started to swell with buds. I forgot to look at the cherry. Apricots are in full bloom in the valley.
2014-04-06: At least two major dust storms and horrendous winds pummeled the valley last week. The snow atop Lamborn and it's slopes is now pink. And as I type this, I swear I think I saw a mosquito fly by my face!
2014-04-10: Brace yourselves.... http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/07/el_nino_2014_2015_forecasts_show_it_could_grow_into_a_monster.html
2014-03-31: Yesterday (3/30/14) saw the first pair of killdeer birds of the season before the wind kicked up. The goose nesting in our nest box stayed on the nest all during the wind and was still there before dawn. She was really hunkered down.
2014-03-30: Big dust storm dropped down on Aspen last night before a couple inches of snow. Everything is coated in a layer of fine red dirt--looks like the desert came to us--not good for our snowpack.
2014-03-28: Motorists are navigating high water at the Robert Blvd and Gause intersection in Slidell as the National Weather Service issues a flooding warning until noon
2014-03-23: El Nino looking about as likely as it can look this early in the spring; models are edging toward strong El Nino in summer/fall 2014. Also, California is about to get some much-needed moisture: http://www.weatherwest.com/
2014-03-23: Its back to the jungle battles in the back yard with Virginia Creeper vines making a determined comeback in New Orleans. With warmer weather and rain, all it takes is a blink and they are back to their quest for world domination. Not if I can help it!
2014-03-25: The following shows frost depth at the official station in Hudson, WI: About two feet of frost under snow; six feet under pavement; only 7-18 inches of thaw so far: HDNW3 ST CROIX HUDSON GD26" GT7" GP70" GW18" 07 AM 03/24 http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=MKX&product=HYD&issuedby=MKX
2014-03-26: Good summary of potential effects of the extreme weather this winter on agriculture in the US: http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/us-farmers-face-planting-issue/24695585
2014-03-21: Spring has officially arrived in western Wisconsin, but: "The winter severity index that wildlife biologists use to track the impact of cold and snow on wildlife is now at severe or very severe at most locations across the north, with the Spooner area tying and expecting to surpass the record for the severest index since biologists began keeping the records in 1960. There is still 20 to 30 inches of ice on northern lakes" http://dnr.wi.gov/news/or/
2014-07-03: Last week saw an increase in the emergence of the dog day harvestfly cidada (Tibicen pruinosa) in Lexington, Oklahoma. The "wee-ooo, wee-ooo, wee-ooo, wee...!" calls of the male cicada is the familiar sound of hot summer days in the Midwest.
2014-09-05: Not this week but last: on the Golden Gate Bridge the deer trotting across and holding up traffic. Because of the drought here in Cali they are ever-present in my backyard as well. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/09/06/2-deer-headed-out-san-francisco-on-golden-gate-bridge-snarl-traffic-during/
2014-08-25: Not sure about the precipitation gauge on the chart here... Our rain gauge has been showing lots of .5" and .75" days over the past couple weeks! It's been a cooler summer overall and moist/humid. I feel like I'm living in the NW.
2014-08-11: For several years I have been at home on a plot of courgettes. Results in nicely and generously but too bad that it starts so late first flowers appear only in mid-July, and the bushes are starting to bear fruit until the end of the month. I have heard that some manage to have fruit in early July: shock:. I would love to know from the experts, whether there are any ways to make it yield accelerate ?? :?: Courgettes cultivate their own seedlings, or bought, which I blast into the ground after mid-May. Many of the bushes before grows sufficiently tolerate attacks snails. I was thinking a tunnel patch of high, black foil ... I will be grateful for any advice
2014-08-09: Since just before the end of July, there are leaves on trees and Many shrubs & trees up Kebler already turning! Not as much the Aspen, but others... Large sections of perennials have turned and are smelling of mildew. And two large maples on Stahl Rd in Paonia are very much on their way to turning red!
2014-08-09: I feel like the monsoon rains have left quite varying amounts of rain in different places. We had received .5" a couple times and also .75" for example, when others nearby received negligible amounts. So how are we really doing as a watershed here in the valley?
2014-07-29: So far this summer season the weeds have been growing at incredible rates. The vegetables are barely growing at all. The temperatures are low with several mornings bringing thoughts of turning on the furnace. As of July 29th I have seen only two bees and one wasp. The mosquitoes on the other hand are abundant!
2014-07-13: The monsoon has been delayed again this year so when the rains finally came, we decided to take full advantage!
2014-07-06: Arroyo Seco river in Los Angeles, just above its confluence with the LA River. This is the river channel for the San Gabriel mountains above Pasadena CA, supplemented by street runoff via storm drains.
2014-07-10: Cool temperatures this summer in Wisconsin have made for slow-growing tomatoes and poor swimming conditions. And it is about to get more anomalously cold: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2014/07/10/poor-mans-polar-vortex-to-make-shocking-summer-return-in-eastern-u-s-next-week/?hpid=z3
2014-07-10: Will it be a weak or moderate El Nino? Or a strong one? There seems to be disagreement between climate modelers and people more connected to biotic factors in the oceans (for example, fish and wildlife biologists): http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/yhr/tuesday/2291206-8/el-ni%C3%B1o-on-its-way-predicting-the-unpredictable http://www.malibutimes.com/news/article_f909e69a-fca3-11e3-b2ee-001a4bcf887a.html
2014-10-12: My lavender has fresh flowers and the bees are still collecting pollen. Its like a second spring has come to the North Fork Valley. I find it usually freezes at my place October 6-11th, its October 16th and there is no hard freeze in sight.
2014-10-09: Discovered this site at SXSW ECO this week. Extreme drought here, cattle herd reduced to 1/3 of previous 20 years carrying capacity. Surface water tanks have not overflowed in 3 years. 5.5 inch rain over 2 days a few weeks ago brought one within 1 foot of overflow, others less than 1/2 full.
2014-09-26: The colors are going off here in Colorado. This is McClure Pass outside Paonia.
2014-11-23: We're still teetering in extremes - warm, freezing, dry, wet - and finally some real snow in town and not just the mountains. I remember past years when we had almost a foot of snow that stayed then entire month of mid-Nov to mid-Dec. We haven't had that kind of snowfall in a long time. Food is growing nicely in the cold-frame and hoop house, but I still haven't cleaned up my veggie garden yet.... it's still a jungle!
2014-12-08: I have noticed that our weather in Wisconsin will be in the 20s but then 2 days later, it's in the 40s! We have also gotten some snow, but because of the changing weather, it melts quickly.
2014-12-08: Here in DeForest, WI we get a variety of weather. Last week we had a pretty cold week. In the 20/30s degrees Fahrenheit. But then later on last weekend it got a little higher in the high 30/40s degrees Fahrenheit. We still have a couple inches of snow on the ground , but it's wet snow from the sleet and rain we got today. Today, we have gotten a lot of precipitation like rain, sleet and snow. Hopefully we have a white snowy Christmas!
2014-10-29: Well... we had quite a rainy summer and into fall, with some snows in Sept and Oct in the mts. But it has settled back into a gorgeous fall that many of us want to milk as long as possible. Our rain gauge sure measured a LOT of water this year... more than the charts here indicate. This morning appeared to be our coldest night of the fall so far, here near the town of Paonia... a balmy 26 degrees. But I have a cold frame full of salad greens a vegetables and all my root veggies are hunkered down under straw and a small hoop house for the winter. The snows in the mts have been lingering and melting, causing the rivers to turn muddy. Not sure if we'll get our "typical" major Halloween mt snowstorm or not, but supposedly the So. San Juans and Central mts are to receive above avg moisture. So I am just reveling in the blue sky, fall color decay of the moment. Enough leaves are starting to blanket the perennial beds that I need to start cutting everything back for the season today.
2014-11-08: Unseasonably warm days. Mornings are nice and chilly, began wearing gloves. Mid day feels like Indian Summer, it's November not August.
2014-09-29: I really haven't seen change in weather this week because it's only Monday. but its been pretty warm and foggy.
2014-09-26: I have noticed that the changes in the weather this week have been horrid. At the beginning of the week it was super cold during the morning and humid during the afternoon. It was raining almost all night during the night times. On Thursday the 25th, it was SUPER cold during the morning then around 1:00 it began to get warmer. As of right now, Friday the 26th it is pretty decent, as in not too cold or not too hot, just perfect!
2015-03-01: Here in Asti, Piedmont, Northern Italy, the spring seems to be arriving eventually. The winter was quite warm, only one or two days of snow. Some unusually hot days followed by suddenly icy ones. Last year we had huge attacks from a moth coming from Asia, Cydalima perspectalis. On our Buxus barely a few leaves were left. Some say they have seen it again these days. I'm worried we'll have to use massive doses of insecticides again...
2015-02-10: An early spring will make it more likely that early-flowering fruit trees like apricots and cherries will suffer frost damage.
2015-02-10: Today on Powell Mesa near Hotchkiss I stood under 3 large silver maples that were in full bloom and covered with honey bees. It was heavenly!
2015-02-10: Here's a close-up of the silver maple blossoms today, 2/10/15 on Powell Mesa.
2015-02-12: Temperature ups and downs a bit dizzying—beautiful yesterday but deadly freezing this weekend. Can't wait until I can get back on my bike regularly!
2015-02-12: First crocus blooming today. It's at least 3 weeks earlier than the first blooming crocus since my first spring here in 2008.
2015-02-12: Another blizzard on the way to Boston. This is getting ridiculous. My moon cactus doesn't even know what to do with itself. The MBTA has had to shut down multiple times this winter, delaying and even preventing travel between key areas of business/residence in the city. Classes have been cancelled, and people have been urged to work from home. "Record pileup" of snow and nowhere to put it and temperatures not high enough to melt it have left people considering the option of dumping it into the Boston Harbor, which has its own environmental implications and cannot be done without official approval of the Boston Conservation Commission. http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/2/11/Boston-snow-harbor.html http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/02/12/downed-light-pole-causing-backups-with-red-line-buses/yA0CcycyqCake1AaB1hW8H/story.html
2015-02-13: The sun came out for the first time in a long time today, yet there is still more snow coming this weekend. Snow banks are preventing many cars from parking, and the MBTA has had to suspend service this coming Sunday in anticipation of the storm.
2015-02-15: Someone posted this graphic on my Facebook feed. It's interesting to think about. The graphic sorts Boston's snowiest years on record, with the snowiest being 1995-1996 with 107" of snow. If you were to sort the same list of years chronologically, you might see another trend: over time, the snowiest years on record are getting EVEN snowier. In 1915-1916 (#9 on the list), Boston got 79" of snow. This year in 2014-2015, we've gotten 89.5" so far, over ten more inches than in 1915-1916.
2015-02-15: For the past couple weeks here in Colorado, I've been seeing and killing mosquitos! Yes, early Feb and mosquitos are out! This is at least 3 months early than they ought to be coming out. It's still dry, sunny and too warm (feels good, but it's not good).
2015-02-15: Winter 2010 = snow forts on the backyard picnic table Winter 2015 = sunny, warm, and dry
2015-02-16: Outside the birds are chirping as though it were spring already, but the wind chill is supposedly -12.
2015-02-19: My Iris are blooming, oh my! Beautiful, but... way too early for a Colorado "winter"! Other bulbs are blooming around town as well.
2015-02-08: To follow up on my bee question last week about the pollen flow, it was noted by people in our bee group that the Silver Maples are pollenating right now and the bees are all over them. The Box Elders are not far behind. On a historic note, it was -10 this morning in 1939.
2015-02-08: My horse and his pasture buddies are all happy and frolicking in this warm weather. But, where is the green grass? they wonder. It's too warm for there not to be grass coming up in the pasture.
2015-02-07: Yesterday while walking the goats I found a shed antler. It was only two points, looked fairly freshly shed, and still had the velvet on it. Felt very nice and soft, could see dried blood on areas where the velvet was thinner.
2015-02-06: warm, did i say warm, wore sweatshirt over a t-shirt on my walk today. it's crazy warm for this time of year and i swear there are things popping up in my garden!
2015-02-06: For a week now my eyes have been itching like crazy and I'm sneezing. And the bees have been out looking for pollen, which according to someone local, they've been bringing some back, but from what? It's been a steady in the 50's up to 60 degrees for quite a while now... unprecedented. And alarming.
2015-02-06: The bees have been flying a lot for January. I have been a bit concerned about their stores getting them through the winter. When I observed them yesterday I was surprised to see a steady stream of foragers returning to the hive with pollen! I don't know where they are finding it. Nothing here is blooming that I can see.
2015-02-06: Feb.6, 2015 - very warm, mid- to high-60s in the North Fork Valley. (Bank thermometer in Paonia reads 69 F at 3:45 pm.) Lovely day, but scary to be this warm this early.
2015-02-07: It is heading toward ANOTHER 70 degree day - the first week of Feb. I watered the cold frame today, as it is full of last summer/fall's greens. I cleaned out the last, large raised bed yesterday that didn't get cleaned/composted in the fall, because the ground isn't even frozen. This is NOT good. The sun feels great of course, but it's actually too hot to sit in for too long! We need moisture. The honey bees have been out foraging for food for two weeks now and the Silver Maples are pollinating. I'm guessing other trees/plants are too. This crazy warm/dry weather has been continued from most of Jan and now into Feb, only getting warmer.
2015-02-01: I can't believe it! I actually hear a frog from somewhere in the compost pile yesterday... January!
2015-02-03: At 9,500 feet in the East River valley, 8 miles from Crested Butte, there were eight record high temperatures in January. Snowpack is now 36th out of the past 41 years.
2015-02-04: I have the impression that this winter has been gloomier than normal. Seems like it's cloudy but we don't get rain or snow. Does anyone have any data on this?
2015-01-26: Blizzard warning for a "potentially historic" snow storm through Tuesday night. A strange (snow)man has appeared in front of our house from the last storm over the weekend. Flight to the Islands cancelled and rebooked. This snowbird can't wait.
2015-01-26: Here's a bit of karma coming back to me. Thirty-seven years ago my mother was in the final days of her pregnancy with me in Boston. The Blizzard of 1978 was brewing. Here I am, waiting out the final days of my pregnancy on Cape Cod with a baby girl on the way. A major winter storm is brewing. I love you, Mom and Dad.
2015-01-22: Japanese magnolia blossoms on the verge and the days are longer and warmer.
2015-01-24: Our first heavy snow storm coming through Boston/Cambridge/Somerville today! It's been coming down since 6AM this morning -- we're supposed to get between 6 to 12 inches. I spy folks outside sledding, shoveling, plowing. I'm indoors in my PJs cooking pasta.
2015-01-21: Well, after a couple weeks of off/on mt snows.... it's been dry, dry, dry. And overall, it's been fairly warm and not snowy here in town this winter. It's more like Spring "mud season". Hmmm......
2015-01-17: There are a couple thousand or more sand hill cranes hanging out in the fields outside of Delta CO. (Not in their fall and spring hangouts, like Harts Basin.) Did they never leave last fall, or did they come back? Why?
2015-01-13: I don't think we've ever had fog on Powell Mesa until this year. Twice so far and temperatures have been in the high 40's. I worked in the yard last week without a jacket!
2015-01-11: We saw two Condors in Hotchkiss, CO on the North and South of highway 133 just east of Farmer Franks. Swooping from tree to a deer kill off the road in a field. They were magnificent! Stood about 4 feet tall and wing span estimate is 8-9 feet. They were huge! I can't wait to se them again!
2015-01-05: It was a gorgeous, late Fall... going well into Dec. I do not remember having such warm, dry weather so late in the season. Then bam! Winter and very cold. Lots of snow, mostly in the higher country, which is great. Wondering if we're going to have yet another ongoing winter into the spring.
2015-01-08: Thursday, January 8, 9:53am. Temp: 11 def F. Pressure: 30.45 in. Wind: 1 mph from WNW. An incredible natural display of physics and chemistry on a brutally cold morning on Manhasset Bay. On display, a continuum (from water to shore) of grease ice, nilas ice, pancake ice and shuga ice before we get to the "fast ice" boundary with shore. First real shore-fastened ice of the winter season in this part of Long Island.