We haven't had a drop of precipitation since last August. Now it's projected to snow tonight with a freeze warning. It was 95 degrees yesterday. This is way past our date to plant EVERYTHING out. Just crazy.
:) yes. I've never lived in a place that's harder to garden than here. But I feel so sorry for the southern states that not only lost their gardens but their homes. The whole country has been so dramatic this year!
Hi billy~~ Thanks for the hi. It made me realize I didn't even introduce myself to this forum. I've been on daves for 5 or 6 years and stupidly never saw the "weather" forum... so I was so excited to find it, I just joined right in. My husband calls me a real farmer because he says all I do is complain about the weather.!! But we only have a city lot, well, two lots but I've got every inch of them planted. We've been in NM for 7 years now and in Roswell for coming up on four years. No, amazingly enough, there are no water restrictions! It floors me that we don't but the town is pretty small and so very few gardeners and even very few people that even water their lawns. There's a lot of desolation. When you don't water, you have dirt and dust blowing everywhere. Lucky for us, we live in the historic district with established yards and the neighbors all water and take beautiful care of their yards. Since I've been gardening here, now almost every close neighbor has started a back yard garden. I started in the front yard last year because I ran out of room out back! But I'm really really glad I found a place where people talk about the weather because it's so drastic here that I do whine a lot... hopefully not too much here!!! Anyway, I'm glad I found you all. Priscilla
Mainly sunny to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High 54F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Prissy, I'm glad you are here. We love everyone's weather stories and pictures :o)
I love how you got everyone gardening! Go ahead and whine. We all do. Right now it's too cold here and we want Spring!!
OH OH! I just saw a yellow Goldfinch! He's just in time to blend in with the dandelion blooms! I also saw a wren earlier. He just got here and is right on schedule. Next will be the oriole and I look forward to hearing his song.
Ric, this is becoming a nightmare for you!
We are to have sunshine most of the morning. I hope it warms us up. I weeded yesterday afternoon in my winter headband.
Just one more day turns into one more day :o(
But, since I'm a Pollyanna, at least we don't have gnats, flies or mosquitos yet! I also didn't need to use sunscreen since my ears and the back of my neck was covered. I did still need a bath, LOL!
Impossible to believe but no whining from me! Going to be 84 with only 15 mph winds and 24 % humidity, instead of 11. Of course we could use some rain, still none since August... Sorry but I'm jealous of you guys that get that water! Enjoy your day!
70s today with sunshine and mild breezes. Even boss man came out for a little while checking out plants this afternoon. He was pleased with how we have stuff set up too. No complaints at all which is a miracle. LOL.
Tomorrow back down to mid 60s then we shoot up to almost 90 by Sunday.
Rain most of the day but finally dry. The second round dissipated before it hit us. Was chilly all day too. About froze to death working outside in the rain today. lol. I need to find my rain pants that I bought for days like today.
Great weather here. Partly sunny, 63º for a high today. It will be warmer into next week.
Thousands of acres of corn planted the last 4 days. At 16 or 24 rows at a time, it don't take long to plant a ¼ section.
I spread fertilizer on the garden today. Used up 500 lbs of 19-19-19 on about 3 acres. We are planting more intensely than ever this year, so it needs more fertility.
Peas are finally coming up.
I will plant a second planting on Monday.
Strawberry plants are now starting to get dark green.
Good for the onion plants was the cool, wet weather. They never wilted, just stood tall & I imagine put down some good roots.
Tomorrow we are taking the fireplace mantel to install it. I'll take pictures.
Pepper, you better find those pants before you run out of rain!
Bernie, I'm glad the crops are getting in!
I just put onions in and they didn't get the rain I expected so I will be watering. I think I better be watering everything! If I water it will rain, right?
It's finally going to warm up!!! After weeding I found a lot more empty spots in the flower beds. Now I can move things around before it gets too late! I have Hollyhocks getting pretty big in the garden. Where on earth am I going to put them?
I really love reading about who's got what weather and who's doing what, when! Still no rain. It's 42 right now, 11% humidity, high today 98. I finally planted my tomatoes and peppers out yesterday because the wind was only 35 mph. Today it's actually supposed to be calmer. I wish I could have an underground tunnel from henry or pepper's house to funnel some of that rain!
Great weather here today. Temps in the 70s, sunshine and some winds but not bad. Took grandma plant shopping and spent quite a bit between the 2 of us. It would have been nice if she had taken my hints and bought a japanese maple. lol. They had one for less than 40 bucks and it was a nice size too. I should have just grabbed it. I might do that on my next trip. LOL
A bush that was blooming last week. It's all done now though.
Hot and humid today but no one is complaining. lol. Reached 80s with lots of sunshine and very little wind.
My next door neighbors decided to be rude and ride their motorbike into our yard several times today. They only came just a few feet into the yard but that was more than enough. So I put a stop to it by going out there and planting a new butterfly bush and a couple cannas on the border. They immediately parked the bike. LOL!! Nothing like gardening to put a stop to unwanted intrusions!! I even put cardboard around my plants to make sure they didn't run over them tonight. Tomorrow I'm getting a bag of mulch to put around them.
9% humidity, no rain in sight. Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. They say it will be "breezy" which translates to 35 mph winds; 45 tomorrow.
Ric- so jealous of your "cute" little drought!
Cumulus - Beautiful picture! I've never heard of ice crystals in the sky. Our moisture is absorbed into the atmosphere before we ever get it!
pepper - Love those hostas!! Beautiful. Is that on the north side? I had to put up a 6 ft. wooden fence; a butterfly bush is much prettier!
Celia - Beautiful back yard and you surely do know your yuccas!
Bernie - can't wait to see a pic of your onions!
bp- any pictures of your peonies?
Even tho we've had such extreme weather, my chinese cabbage seems to love it!
peas are producing well, too, in fact it's getting too hot now so they'll quit, but I actually put out my tomatoes, peppers, and corn and am going to have to put my shade cloth back up; when it's 98 in the shade, it's too hot for me to go out into the this bright sun.
A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. High 74F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.
Happy Mother's Day!
Celia, I'm more zone 5A and haven't seen anyone with a Japanese Maple around here. I think I'll wait till my neighbor tries one :o) She likes everything I like.
Cumulus, beautiful sundog!! I've never had a rainbow before, just a ring.
Wow, that is too cold for me right now! When are you supposed to warm up?
Pepper, laughing! I hear you on no complaining! We almost got hot here yesterday :o)
I like how you defused the situation and am glad they were noticing. That's not exactly how my North Peony Bed came about, but no one mowed around the post on my side anymore :o) Now you have the reason for more plants or trees!
What a cute little fern at the base of your rose! Was it a suprise?
Prissy Jo, so much wind and so little humidity! It must feel like a furnace.
At least the fence is privacy. Just stick a butterfly bush on your side :o) They don't like a lot of water. My peonies aren't open yet, but the fern peonies are almost ready!
Nice chinese cabbage! No bugs there, LOL! Do you use it in salads or stirfries?
Delicious looking peas too :o) I tried a new one this year, "Caseload." We took down the old fence and put up a new fence this year, after ''Tall Telephone'' went above it and flopped over. I wasn't impressed with those peas anyway.
I hope you have good luck with the rest of the garden.
The boys helped me water my garden yesterday and my radish and spinach are just up, Yayyy!
On the way home we were finding shapes in the clouds. We saw mostly dogs. The youngest saw a cupcake and DH almost saw the ditch, LOL!
The fern is an ostrich fern and I put it there on purpose. lol. I have Golden Showers rose in there too. The lattice is to provide a little privacy from our neighbors. It always seemed like they could see everything we did so we put that up and I put autmn clematis on it and now the rose. It's on the north and west edge of the house.
Well, my neighbors are done coming into the yard. She kept coming back today so my dad went over to wear she was coming in at and told her no more. She said sorry and went back home. Couple relatives came over and said something to my dad and he said same thing. Very polite but very firm. They parked the bike after that.
Weather is hot and humid. Every window in the house is open and it's gonna be hot all week.
Hi Everyone!!! Finally found my way back and have no idea where I went for so long! Great pics everyone!
The weather is weird everywhere, we got up to the 70's beginning of April, then got back down to the 50's in mid April after a bunch of storms and tons of rain, now we're in the 90's again, and in the upper 80's all week, but by this weekend we're going to be in the mid 70's. I don't get it!
90s here with high humidity. Supposed to be a few degrees hotter tomorrow. It's not spring this week, it's summer. I want spring back!!!
Had a snake come out yesterday and scare me to death. It was right next to the stairs on the deck and at first I thought it was the hose til I realized the hose was to my right. lol. The snake was/is over 4 feet long. Not sure what kind he is since my dad couldn't find him in his book. Thinking bull snake. He's still on the loose and I hope I don't see him again! lol. Go eat rodents out of my sight. lol
Hello folks!! Sorry it's been awhile.. the weather here has been horrendous in a lot of ways! I won't get into all the details... at the end of April we got the end part of that tornado that ripped through the midwest. Our home got minimal damage but my heart goes out to all that got worse!!
We are due for another storm tomorrow... Texas is all in drought some areas worse that others, so we need the rain, not the hail that we have been getting!
Temps have been record breaking also..we have been getting some days where it's in the 90's & of course the humidity is starting to come back. That's what I hate most!
Hope everyone is well & be safe!!
Ha, not really that, just busy in the veggie garden and beds after work and on the weekends and can't do it all. It will be too hot to go out there in the afternoons before too much longer so getting all done that we can.
Hot and humid still but this time we only reached 82 for a high. Storms all around us it seems but nothing here yet. I think tonight we have a chance.
Spent all afternoon getting my containers potted up. They look horrible now but will look great when everything fills in. lol. I crammed in stuff in some of them. Had more plants than room. Even had to put lantana with a dappled willow bush I have in one pot. I told the bush it could share. LOL
62°/84° Variable clouds with showers and scattered thunderstorms. Warm. High 84F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Prissy Jo, thanks! I hadn't seen Bernie's thread.
Bernie, our weather didn't change that much, but we had our share of heat.
I hope the row covers work for you. Are there holes in the plastic to vent excess moisture?
Chrissy, I love how you mix the garden with the flowers :o)
I see Calla Lily and strawberries instead of Lily of The Valley.
Those long leaves look so familiar in photo 17. Aster?
Loved the colorful blooms and how Dave packed so much into a narrow space.
Pepper, they don't look so bad :o) Filled in they will be beautiful!
Yes, sharing is good!
Celia, we're still going from hot to cool. At least it's not cold.
I can't tell, but I hope it is. I can't wait to see it bloom. I love Salvias!
It's another cloudy day with another chance of rain. It rained a little while I was in the garage repotting my little tomatos. I never did get the cucumbers and green beans in. I also have sweet peas soaking. I think they are very old seed, from my Aunt.
BP I do the flowers, Dave does the veggies. I got home last night and he hadn't watered my flowers and even the weeds were wilted!! It's bad when the weeds are wilted!!
Dave's growing iceburg lettuce and doesn't have a clue as to what he's doing, he keeps pulling the outter leaves off of the heads, I keep telling him to leave them alone but he won't! He thinks they need to be clean and I've never grown lettuce so I have no idea and have no ammo, is he doing it wrong? Should he be leaving the leaves alone?
Eeek, is it just me or is that dog not doing the talking?! But neat video either way, thanks Pepper. I might be making a "cheap camera Youtube video" of me driving my truck and doing the features and stuff to sell it on Craigslist, I want to show beforehand that it's roadworthy and stuff. Maybe that will take they're mind off the fact that it uses oil and it gets 12 mpg!
I can't believe how cold it's getting at nite and for the next few days! One forecaster here in Kansas City, MO. even forecasted 38° F for a low Tuesday! After next week, it better stay nice or I'm putting in a call!
52°/53° Through 11am: Rain showers developing around 6am. Rain showers early will evolve into a more steady rain for the afternoon. Winds NNW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.
Aww Chrissy, I hope they came out of their wilt. Not the weeds tho. Nice way to kill them :o)
If he's pulling them off while they're still growing, how is he going to harvest them? I'd Google ''caring for iceberg lettuce'' :o)
Pepper, that dog video is making the rounds. I just adore it!
Will, link us to your video when you're done. Are you going to film it from your car with someone else driving the truck, or just from the truck?
Pepper, I would find some busy work to do too. Actually I'd still be ''shopping'' for what I didn't have yet. Too much temptation! :o)
Wow, are they blooming now? Mine are throwing up buds so it won't be long for me!! Are they an old variety?
9 month drought without a drop so far. They say we might get some in July. Now we've only got fires and winds. I can't keep my plants wet enough no matter how much I pour on them. Lost all my peppers and tomatoes. Very discouraging
It is quite gloomy here. The heater is on and I brought some plants back in from the outside, miserable weather, maybe it won't last much longer.
I was thinking about me doing the camera video and driving to Walmart or something to show it drives and everything on the road. Sure, I'll post the link to my ad if anyone wants to see it. Now, I'm thinking about suing the hitch company that installed my hitch receiver. I saw later that day, (yesterday), that the plug and wires were put in the trunk. I told them on the phone today, "I don't want it in the trunk, can you fix it or give me a refund?". He said they "won't give my money back and they won't fix it." I said, "do you go to small claims court?". It only costs 30 some dollars to sue in small claims court. I've only sued one other time when this place wouldn't give my security deposit back. Actually, I missed the court date unintentionally then, (it's dismissed when you don't show up). I was walking to my truck to leave for court and I had to use the bathroom, I wasn't going to make it. I asked them later if that was a reason to reschedule it, they said no..lol
I might also sit outside they're hitch business with a non-slanderous sign to tell my story. I saw an elderly man do that in a wheelchair on the highway's sidewalk, around March. He had his veteran hat on and he was just letting them have it with a sign, in front of they're used car dealership place, I don't think they liked that!
Definitely gloomy here!! Cold and miserable!! Supposed to start warming up slowly though.
I put almost all the plants we had out at work back inside the greenhouse today just in case we get frost. The hardy ones I left outside.
Bp, the irsies in that pic are old fashioned ones that smell like grapes almost. I have some other old fashioned ones and a bunch of hybids. The hybrids were all from Powell Gardens, my grandma or a co-op. I have them everywhere!! LOL. Getting a couple more I think next Sunday. A friend and I are going to Commanche Iris Farms outside St. Joseph, MO.
I need to get more pics of my irises. Blooming like crazy but I don't have any good pics.
At least TWC took the 38° F low Tues. nite out of they're forecast! 44° F low instead is a little better. I'm not a fan of leaving my plants in the garage for several days because of the weather! But, I'd rather them be alive!
You'll watch my Craigslist video eh Sally?! Maybe you need a truck! : ) I'd be glad to tuck the wires in there, but I bet it entails more than that I'm afraid. I don't know how to do it, maybe they drill a big honking hole in the trunk, which is okay with me. For $291 you'd think they'd do installations more standard, rather than they're own way of installing, (without the customer's knowledge).
Penta is the one plant I haven't seen anywhere this year. I don't know if the wholesalers decided not to grow them this year or not. I have lantana at work and I'm glad we do. We don't have snapdragons either this year.
I have done both pentas and lantana and love both. I found that the rabbits loved my pentas so I had to have screens around them and that didn't look pretty. They should do well in pots that rabbits can't reach however.
Sunny with temps in the high 60s. Didn't work outside at all today. The stuff for my dept came in today and I ended up with over 400 peices when I normally only have around 150 or less. What happened is that a coworker ordered for me 2 weeks ago and was told it would come in last week. It didn't so I ordered for this week and got both trucks. ALOT of stuff!! LOL
Celia, is that Bacopa there in the corner? I have that at work and am thinking of getting one when we start marking prices down.
Elena, love your cat!! I have 2 cats of my own but they are mostly spoiled rotten outside cats. lol
I think I need to stick another coleus in this pot. That bare spot is driving me nuts. I happen to have an extra one anyways. lol
I am glad you all like my cat. His name is Baibee Blue and he is a short haired exotic breed of cat. He is my second exotic as my last one was a long haired exotic. They have the best dispositions of any cats I have ever had and I have never been catless in my entire almost 75 years. Baibee Blue especially loves animal shows.
Would you ever know they are the same breed? He was huggable as all get out. I loved him dearly and it broke my heart to lose him but the short haired one has filled the empty vacuum... and I still have my precious memories.
Gotta hit it here today. This is "dig iris" day. You won't find that on your calendar but that is where you will find me this morning.
And here I am with my kitty... I have never been without one my whole life and I still remember most of them. That one in the picture I loved on too much and my mother had to teach me not to drag cats around all over the place. I have since taught my children and grandchildren that same lesson. We all love cats and so did my sisters and grandmother who are in that picture. Mother loved them too. My younger sister was diagnosed with stage four cancer 4 years ago and her cancer has returned after being in remission. Please pray for her. Her name is Gail. She is is in the picture below.) She needs all the prayers she can get. She is a patient at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
Love your picture with the two kitties. That is so sweet. Since I read all about you in the Cubits article, I feel like I know you already and I have never ever met you. That was a really great article and is one of my favorites. My other two favorites are the ones about my dear friends MaryE and CajuninKY.
The weather is still cold. I had to wear my coat outside to work this morning and it is still 54 degrees out there now. I think is is supposed to rain again this afternoon. The weeds are taking the place and the shrimp will probably eat everything up soon if it keeps raining (Not really!) ...Help!
Oops! I hit send before I entered the picture. It will be in the next post.
Wow Elena, back when life was simple. He's absolutely adorable, and look at that gorgeous fur!!! They look like Persians. Tiga, Maine Coon Cat, used to attack the TV, it was the funniest thing, glad they didn't have the flat screens then like they do now, her claws would have went right through it!
When is a good time to separate Iris?
It's been mid 70's here and no rain! Supposed to rain Friday with a possibility of severe storms BLAH!!!
I really don't know what the best time is to separate the iris. They are tough plants so I guess almost any time is ok. They might not bloom if you disturb them before hand although if they are in nice large clumps that doesn't seem to deter them. I chose to do it after they bloomed so I would have some idea what was what. I gave up long ago on labels but wanted some idea what colors were in those beds. They are all going to a prepared place so it is now just a matter of getting them replanted. I want to have day lilies where the iris were. I think they will work better in the beds that the iris occupied. So...once the iris get put to bed, the day lilies get dug. It is still chilly but I guess that is better than working in the heat so in the morning we will hit the yard again. It is supposed to rain tonight so hope the ground won't be too wet. What do the weather folks know anyway? It might not even rain. Hope not!!!
Crissy, I always wanted a Maine Coon. They are awesome cats. I never have seen a cat attack the screen however. Yep, that would have been rough on the newer flat screens.
They've already bloomed and I've cut the blooms off, now the problem is I don't know where the two white ones are that are separate in the middle of the yellow ones! I just realized that sitting here at work looking at my bloom pics. OOPS!! It's hot here today, like 85 and sunny.
LOL She was a hoot, and smart! She did that until she was probably 2 or 3 years old. Hilarious!
It is 75 here now but it is supposed to get HOT this weekend. I like it just like it is now because too hot and too cold don't work well for me. I am like Goldilocks and the Three Bears I guess. This is just right.
LOL!! Rained again today but the sun came out late afternoon. Warm and humid all day.
My dad had to put down new drainage pipe a few days ago. We have one that is original and it doesn't go far enough down. It actually stops before the car so the driveway was always wet there. So he redid it for the driveway area and ended it about 3 feet from the driveway down there.
61°/82° Windy with scattered thunderstorms, especially during the afternoon hours. A few storms may be severe. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
The breeze turned into a wind at midnight and by 12:30 am we got rain. 4/10''
Elena, how did ''dig iris day'' go? Mine are just starting to bloom and I know I'll be running now to keep up with everything.
I am so sorry to hear that about your sister. Prayers were sent for everyone with problems, this early morning.
You truely do love cats. The picture says it all. I love how everyone in your family naturally loves cats :o)
Thank you! I need to take time and read every single Spotlight. I don't always have time to finish threads, much less start new ones, but I'll have to try.
Chrissy, I've learned to lean garden stakes and push them between colors, LOL! I need to divide the Lilliput iris because they are growing into each other and one clump still has three colors all mixed together!
Pepper, love the iris!
Ric, you're finally getting a break in the weather!
Pepper, a job worth doing! I hope it solves the wet end of the driveway.
I am so glad I mowed after we took the boys home yesterday! It looks nice and since it rained, it's wet!
Ric, I think I snapped at least 20 pictures yesterday trying to get a butterfly. It looked like a Monarch, but I thought it was too early for them. It wasn't an Angelwing as the outer wings had color. I need to download to see if I got anything besides air and funny yard photos, LOL!
Rain early yesterday, then big thunderstorm around 11PM. We have enough water for a while. Things are really looking nice. Dwarf Iris in full bloom. TB Iris are budding heavily.
Lilacs in bloom as well as fruit trees.
It is spring!
Most fields are planted here. In central Minnesota, not so much. Much wetter there.
Farmers Market yesterday, sold all our radishes & onions, rhubarb & some eggs. Would like to move more eggs. Another trip to the food shelf, I guess. We gave them 90 dozen a couple weeks ago.
Bought a pint of pure homemade maple syrup at the market. Will try some on french toast this morning.
Dig iris day went fine and I have good locations for them all this time. Hopefully they won't get overrun with Bermuda grass where they are now. They were about choked out where they were. I think it is going to get hot today. It is about time but I don't look forward to it one bit. I can't function outside when it is hot enough to cook an egg on the sidewalk. Yep, my whole family is comprised of cat lovers. We are real suckers for them. Thank you all who are praying for my sister Gail. I do so appreciate it since I am worried sick over her this time. She is trying to turn it over to the Lord and I need to do that too.
Large destructive tornado in Minneapolis at 2:15 this afternoon. ¼ mile wide, 3½ miles long. Most trees down, lots of houses damaged, many severe to gone. 1 man died when a branch went through his mini van window & struck his head.
Another quicky thunderstorm just passed over us. Lasted all of 5 minutes.
Under a tornado watch til 9pm. the front line has moved further east so I'm in the clear for redevelopment. There have been several touch downs, mostly small tornadoes, and one town has some damage. All in all it could and could still be much worse.
Went to Commanche Iris Acres today. Didn't order any irises but did get 3 Dr. Norlan Henderson irises. I happen to know him so I had to make sure I got it. I want Kansas City iris but that will have to wait. lol
We just got the all clear sign, that the tornadoes are out of our town and have passed across the Mississippi. We've had sirens going for the last couple hours and several funnel clouds spotted , but none of them touched down, thank God.
We had torrential rains, lightening,wind and hail. It was frightening!
I hadn't heard about Joplin. How awful. SW MO seems to really be prone to rough storms.
65°/82° A mix of clouds and sun with a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Warm. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Bernie, my dwarf iris, fruit trees and lilacs are done. The TB just started blooming as is the columbines and a few other perennials. It IS Spring!
Farmer's Market is going well for you! How many chickens do you have?
Elena, I'm sorry you are so worried. It isn't easy to ''just pray'' when you love someone. I hope things go well for her and will continue to keep her in my prayers. Prayer sent.
I'm looking at a few of my iris getting too big for their britches. It seems I just got them blooming after the last dig. Now I'll have to wait for a bloom if I divide :o)
Wow Pepper! That was close!
Oh Bernie, not a good way to die :o(
Our storm started at 5:01 and the power went out 15 minutes later.
Pepper, cool! I remember the article you posted on the Dr.
Oh my gosh! I hope Rusty is OK!
Sasha, I think we had your storm clouds pass over us. They mean just what you got! I'm glad you are OK!
Pepper, I think I'm lucky to live where I do. Most everything really bad passes over us and intensifies.
Tornado watches and warnings mostly to the North and East of us last night, but we got the second round of pounding rain up from the South. It was pretty dark and rain blew down the road and across roofs. We had a few sticks down and picked them up after the storm. The power went out for a couple of hours. Almost immediatly every one in town was out riding around. I just lay down at 7:00 pm and fell asleep for a while :o)
We got a half inch of rain on top of the 4/10'' so we're watered for a while.
It was hot and humid today but the humidity finally broke some after 5pm tonight. But tomorrow is gonna be even worse and we will probably be under a moderate risk for severe storms and it may even be elevates to high risk. Gonna be an interesting day tomorrow. Will have to keep an eye on the skies.
First off to any of you w/ Family or Friends in Joplin my heart goes out to you.
Having seen the shots and video it looks like Xenia... and that's not good.
Glad to hear that Rusty has posted!!!!
We had a rough storm rumble thru about 7PM tonight.
Well our power went out for about an hour but everything is fine here.
83,000 homes are still w/o power in the area.
NO severe damage! So all is good!
Looks like a close call but it was worse north of us and south of Joyce.
Talked w/ her during the storm and she is fine.
I'm so sorry for everyone who suffered through the storms. It's hard to believe I live in the same country. 98 today with 45 mph winds 13 % humidity. 10 months of drought. So very hard to help plants grow with not a drop of water but our city water is still producing. River's completely dried up. Water table dropped at least 100 feet. Trees are dying and blowing over and sinkholes are coming up.
62°/79° A mix of clouds and sun this morning followed by mostly cloudy skies and a few showers this afternoon. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Pepper, I hope your storm fizzles out. Be safe!!
Ric, I've never had scenes touch me so much. It was all the cars on the streets, and the buildings just collapsed. It was very shocking. The tornado was a s wide as my town. That puts it in perspective.
Prissy Jo, boy, your water table really drops! You ARE lucky to still be drawing. We are down about 22'-24' for water, and even the little creeks hardly dry up. Do you have houseplants? Do you try to garden?
Major storm early this morning. Electricity was out for a long time but back on now. We have lots of yard cleanup to do but nothing like from the two others earlier this year that ruined our area and our trees. I think I posted pictures here but am not sure. Those two storms were rough and lots of folks still haven't gotten cleaned up or their roofs done, etc. It is not a pretty sight around here because there was so much damage. We still have half of our wooden fence to rebuild and two huge tree roots that stick way up in the air and have big holes beside them. Hubby is trying to gradually whittle away at them and gradually burn them out too but that will probably take many more months to complete. I have convinced him to wait till fall to rebuild the fence. All of the wooden posts that were sunk in concrete haven't been removed from the ground yet and he will have to replace those in the fall too.
Oh, how thankful we were that we didn't have another of our huge trees on the ground this morning.
53°/73° Thunderstorms likely. A few storms may be severe. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph. Rainfall may reach one inch.
Elena, we came home last night to find our power had been off for an hour and a half. It was off three hours the day before.
I'm glad your clean-up isn't drastic. After we had straight line winds, I never saw so much foam insulation nailed to houses. People took advantage of the insurance money to fix their houses instead of spending it on other things.
When they burned huge piles of trees that were freshly knocked over, I was told they used diesel fuel. Whatever it was, the green trees burned right down. In a day or two they were just a smoldering ash pile.
Pepper, I can't even imagine all the things they need, but it's a start.
It's raining :o) I saw lightning as soon as I sat up in bed at 4:00 am. By 4:15 we had a heavy rain and it' tapering off into a steady rain. I see a couple small puddles in the garden, but it's all soaking in. That's good.
We got the boys to the oldest's first ballgame last night, (6 and 7 year olds,) and they got to play just a little before the sirens went off. We grabbed them and the chairs and headed for their house. It was just a T-storm warning and not a tornado, but was a great chance to show the boys a different sky.
No tornadoes here in Belgium, but the drought is getting quite insane here. It's allready the dryest spring since the beginning of the recordings in 1883 and we've got another huge forest fire here today :(
Ofcourse no rain in the predictions for weeks to come unless that lucky isolated shower will hit us tomorrow...
Well, it has been a very, very active day here today. From around 10am to 2:30pm or so there were active funnel clouds and/or tornadoes all around here. They started in Kansas and moved northeast. All of Kansas City and surrounding counties were under tornado warnings at one time. There is a low pressure system stationed in Kansas City that was causing all of this to happen.
There are no deaths but in Sedalia, MO there are about 16 minor injuries due to what could have been an EF1 tornado that touched the ground. There is no damage around me. I spent an hour in the basement under the stairs listening to local deejays relay weather reports. There were funnel clouds spotted southwest and southeast of me at one point then again northeast of me. My coworkers spent an hour in one of the coolers at work.
My family is all ok also. We were all scatted around due to work but everyone reported in with no damage to their buildings or anything. There might be hail damage but that's not known at this point.
The storms are now well north of me and are no longer rotating or severe. So that is great news for everyone north of me.
Current temps are in the 60s and it is raining again. It was sunny but the storm is wrapping around so we are getting more rain but no rotation. Will be under a tornado watch til 6pm.
kwanjin: it's only a picture from the Belgian press, didn't made this myself but didn't knew how to link it otherwise. It's in the northern part of Belgium, about 25 miles from here, but the smoke was reaching far into the Netherlands and was even visible on satellite.
So far there's no direct threat for homes and people but there's alot of wind expected so they'll have a hard time to keep the fires under control.
It's quite frustrating since we used to have a great climate here for gardening and nature with mild winters, rainy and cool summers. Now that I finally got a chance to enjoy gardening and the nature we suddenly have cold and snowy winters with dry summers and long droughts which completely ruin the natural beauty of my country. Not to mention what the impact will be on our economy as my rainy country isn't prepared for a desert climate at all :s
maybe I 'd better put the url in it so you can view more pictures of the fires in my country
51°/66°A shower or two around the area early, then partly cloudy during the afternoon. Winds NNE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Elena, laughing! She's tall, so she's a tree :o)
Prayers welcome! Carly was breech and turned, now Callun is breech and backwards. She has another ultrasound Friday and I'm praying he has turned.
Otherwise, I'm excited!
Cumulus, I sure feel for you, having no rain. Are you close to the fires or have to breath the smoke? Prayers go out for you.
Pepper, I'm so glad you have a basement and am so glad nothing happened to you or your family. It's going to be scary for a long time to come. DH has considered a concrete storm shelter. Trouble is, we have no good place to put one. We'll keep working on it, or else summeer will be here and he'll forget all about it.
Cumulus, I was wondering about the economy. I'm glad the smoke is going away from you, but sorry for the Netherlands.
Thanks for the link. Those are prety big fires. I sure feel for you and everyone trying to fight them. I hope they can get them out.
The overhead photo really shows up!
I wonder why your weather has changed so much. They talked about polarity of the earth flipping. Maybe it has. You have my sympathy.
Thanks for all the sympathie going out to me/us :) I'm not very talkactive on the forums here, but I appreciate it very much.
At least we're safe from the fires here, but I'm really wondering where we'll be by the end of summer as there isn't even the slightest hint of rain in the predictions beside a couple of showers for the ones who are lucky to catch them (usually that's NOT Londerzeel where I live).
No rain, no goverment, no water in the barrel, but I try to remind myself that there are worser places on this plannet. And luckily the beer is cheaper than the water here, so there's still a last resort for my plant collection...
Cumulus, that IS quite a zone jump. It looks like the weather is following a different trend now, if they changed it. I sure wouldn't want to go colder. I do remember years back, that they did revise our zones and make a better mapping of it. My zone stayed at 5, but we are more an 5A than a 5B. It limits some of the zone 5 plants I can grow, so I ty to go to zone 4 at least for hardiness.
Chilly with temps only reaching mid 60s. Was in 50s this morning. It's cold enough that we have the heat on in the house. lol. Sprinkles off and on thru out the day. Chance of rain again tomorrow. We need a break from the rain and cool weather. My tomatoes need to get bigger!!
Loved that cat desperation stuff. Funny what they get used to isn't it? We only have one or two tomato blooms so are far from having any to ripen or harden. We always feel good if we get ripe ones by the fourth of July.
Almost hot today but a decent breeze made it bearable. High of around 87 and sunny.
Got to mow for the first time in years today. I haven't been allowed to mow because my dad hates my mowing style then when we got a new mower I wasn't allowed to touch it. lol. Today he finally relented and let me mow a flat section of the yard. The mower is a very touchy zero turn but I sorta got the hang of it. The basics are down, just gotta work on smoothing it out. Am hoping by the end of summer I can mow the whole yard. I still won't weed eat though. I'll cut off my foot if I try using it. lol. I'm very clumsy and flat out refuse to chance it.
My two baptisia plants. Twilite Prarieblues and the yellow version. The yellow one I may have to move since it's not getting big.
Thunder as I type, but no rain to speak of. Storm system has gone by.
High today of 85º. Minnesota summer is setting in.
Finished setting out sweet peppers yesterday, around 800 plants total.
Got the hot ones ready to go. They will go in the ground tomorrow. Little over 800 of them, 20 varieties. We are the hot pepper people at our market. Big line at our stand in salsa season.
Decided to do some garden tomatoes this year as our greenhouse numbers are down.
We need to rebuild the big tomato house that went down from snow in 2010 winter.
Also going to have lots of cherry tomatoes. They sell very well.
Finishing up a cabinet job today. I know it's supposed to be a holiday, but around here one day is the same as the next!
Well, I've been depressed and wondering why no one around here has given me any sympathy and finally came to the reality that no one in this town gardens except me. My next door neighbor's yard is a complete sand pit with no grass at all, just sand. And everytime I go out and see the rest of the town, half of the people or more don't water at all, which is probably why I still have city water to use for my garden but the town looks horrible; so dried up. So I did a little research to try to justify my stupid self-pity. I call it stupid because everyone seems to be flooded and have too much rain and it's really crazy how bad the weather has been this everywhere. It's been the WORST year for tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, drought and hurricane season hasn't even started yet. My DH used to laugh at my complaints about the weather and say all gardeners are like that... it's never just right, but now he seems to be listening to me and agreeing.
So I think it's pretty much a miracle that I have flowers and vegetables growing. My corn is knee high, my beans are up, cucumbers are blooming, squash is doing well, tomatoes are fine now after burning up for a couple of weeks, peppers are fine, onions and potatoes are great, peas provided a large supply and my cabbages and lettuces and spinach are still growing and not bolting. My lavender plants are fabulous and yarrow and hollyhocks are in full bloom. Most of my trees have made it and are looking good; I only lost two.
And so I made a list of what's actually happening here and you'll see why I'm amazed that I have anything at all:
1. We're having a drought that has so far lasted 10 months and the news is reporting that it's worse than the 1930's dust bowl. It's listed as a D4. A D1 is a drought, A D2 is a severe drought, a D3 is an extreme drought and a D4 is the highest number and is called an exceptional drought.
2. The March winds are still blowing at a average of 45 mph with gusts to 70 and pick up the pollen and sand and dust and dirt that is everywhere because people's lawns have gone kaput. The winds make it so harsh for me and the plants.
3. We have had 579 fires SO FAR THIS YEAR burning 562,435 acres and we're on a high alert warning constantly because of the dryness and the wind. When they try to put them out from overhead, the water barely reaches the fires because the atmosphere takes it away.
4. The humidity was actually 0% yesterday. It's staying around 3 to 6%. I understand that you have to have a minimum of 30% to survive! It's so low that if it did ever rain, it wouldn't come down this far. I've read where plants needs 50% to survive. That's just crazy that we have NONE. People are getting nosebleeds from lack of moisture in the air.
5. The UV index is actually higher than the top of the chart. The UV index chart goes from 1 to 11. We're at 12+ right now. At 9 they say you'll get burned in 15 minutes. They're telling us to put sunscreen on everywhere, cover every part of your body, use an umbrella in the extreme instance that you have to go outside at all. Well, of course you have to go outside. People have to work and I have to work AND garden.
6. The temperature yesterday was 110 degrees. It's only supposed to go to 105 today. Wow, what a break.
7. The temperatures this winter were extremely low; minus 9 for a week straight. I'm supposed to be in zone 8. What a joke! It was below freezing here at night less than 3 weeks ago. Just utterly amazing. Not only did I lose two trees but all of my large "bushes" including my crepe myrtles, hollies, Old Man Mexican.
8. I can't think of anything else to complain about right now. Am I just being a weakling? I was born with a heart condition and am not supposed to be in the heat... but I can't survive at all without my garden!!!! My DH has a specialized job and it's here so we can't move until he retires. Since the people around here don't seem to be as affected as I am and they don't garden, they don't give me any sympathy... does anybody on this forum have any sympathy for me? lol. Thanks for listening to my rant. Priscilla
kwanjin?? did ya get much rain up there today? we sure did in provo.. not as much as yesterday..
yesterday afternoon..geesh.. it poured for over an hr..
i went out yesterday between rains and put down fertilizer on lawn.. hope it does dry out some this week!!!
or i'll have a jungle for a lawn.. lol
it also was pretty chilly this morning.. 6am was 41F.. thats cold enough for me.. its almost june sigh
Tropic, boy, we sure did. In the last 24 hours, we've gotten .70" and in the last week, we've had 1.37". In the last month 4.08". The clouds have moved out and we have clear skies. Now...50º. I uderstand the lawn jungle! LOL
76º for tomorrow and sunny skies. Yea!
Pepper, she's very pretty. I can't wait for my clems to bloom. My Blue Light had 3 buds on it but the high winds we had broke one of the stems and took 2 buds with it.
PrissyJo, Here in this part of north Texas we are also experiencing a drought. We had a dry winter except for some snow in December 2010 and have had a dry spring except for just over an inch in May - it makes gardening very challenging. So I understand very well what you are going through. This area also has had a lot of fires, many of them started by people throwing cigarette butts out vehicle windows. And the winds have been awful - make it very difficult to control a fire once it is started.
The mockingbirds and robins are struggling to find enough worms and insects to feed their babies.
For the first time since we moved here six years ago I am using a soaker hose on our much downsized garden. It saves me a lot of time since the garden needs to be water so often.
It does seem strange that in the eastern part of the country they are having horrible flooding while those of us farther west are in such a dry time. What is the deal with that? I have noticed when it is extremely windy here, the next day I hear on the news about tornadoes in states east of us. It makes me dread the really windy days for more than one reason.
One wonders when the weather is going to balance out again.
Lady Pearl -- Thank you for writing in with so much understanding. That's exactly how I feel.
The only birds I have right now are doves and blackbirds although a friend of mine does have a robin's nest in one of her plants on her porch that just hatched four babies. Hopefully they'll find some worms. My DH has a worm farm in one of our sheds and it's got thousands of babies right now. I should take her some.
I know what you mean though about the drastic differences in the area east of the Mississippi and our area. It seems like we're on another planet!
Is your town looking really bad right now or are people watering to keep some kind of ground cover to keep the dirt from flying? It's a conundrum since I hate to waste water but I've never seen such a desolated looking place!
Thanks all for the prayers being sent, it looks like they worked :)
We had a lot of rain here today and I have put buckets, boxes and pots under every surface that had any slope to collect as much water as I can. There should be enough to survive another month without rain although I'm still worried about the nature. Most of the nature parcs and forests are still closed for public to keep the fire risk at a minimum.
Maybe I can auction that raindrop in my jewel box on ebay and buy a huge cistern with the profit ;)
yea!! a "sort of" spring day today.. lol
was in mid 70s..this evening warm wind is comming thru..and i welcome it..
hope it brings clear skies..and warmer temps..
kwanjin?? i see parts of west jordan are having flooding..hope you are ok??
guess its a double edge sword huh.. we all want warmer temps..but at least here
in utah.. our mts have a TON of snow.. some are saying skiing maybe into july at
some resorts..LOL unreal...
all that snow will have to melt sometime..which will come into the valleys..
my iris's are going super right now!!!
peony's are budding nice.. this is a bit late for them.. but welcome.. many times
they bloom memorial day weekend..and we have last snow or heavy rain and
messes up the flowers..so im anxious to see how big and well they do this yr..
i need to start taking more pics and posting..
me too on the western tananger..
?do you know if they stay here or are they on a migration?
ive seen them here before..but this yr..ive seen many..males and females..
great pic kwanjin!!!
dont they have super vibrant colours!!!
glad to hear your and your family are good there!!!
parts of utah valley near ut lake have high water tables this yr..
dont know how high ut lake will get..
PrissyJo, A lot of businesses here have automatic sprinkler systems so it is quite green and pretty around town. Many people are also watering their lawns and gardens and the farmers are able to get irrigation water from the reservoirs. So it doesn't look too bad at first glance. But areas that are not being watered are so dry even the weeds are dieing.
We have a kind of black bird here called boat tail grackles that steal and eat the babies of other kinds of birds. I was wondering if the black birds that you are talking about were grackles? We don't like grackles here since they do eat baby mockingbirds, robins, doves and cardinals. Sometimes the grackles go to meet their Maker when we find them hunting in my yard. ; )
One thing that has not seemed to be bothered by the dry weather is grubs/June bugs. At night I go out to the porch and collect the beetles from under the lights to feed to the chickens the next day.
Do you have fire ants there?
LadyPearl - Yes. The blackbirds ARE grackles! I had no idea they eat others babies. Maybe that's why we don't have many other kinds here. I also have a pair of hawks of somekind, I can't identify them, they may be falcons so they might keep the grackle population down to a dull roar. I did see a hummingbird yesterday. Oh yes! We have fire ants and many other kinds of ants, too. They've been running along my raised beds for several months. Those fire ants are dangerous! We've also got a lot of scorpions, mostly babies right now, ug. It's been so bad here that my DH was wondering where the locusts are! Yes, I've had a lot of grubs, too, but we don't have chickens yet. The plan is to get a few of them within 2 years. Are they hard to care for? We've only got two small lots so I'm not sure we'll have enough room but we both want some.
I can't believe it but we've got a 10% chance of thunderstorms!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They say though if we do get the storms, it will be hail and gusting winds. Hope there's no hail damage. Last year was tough for that. But even if we don't get any moisture at least the humidity will go up some, I hope.
There's a city park a couple of blocks from me and they started watering it again. It lost a lot of plants and trees from the cold winter and drought but it has a sunken garden with a water fountain but they haven't filled it with water but maybe they will this year. It used to be so nice to go there when they put water in the fountain.
This is one of my many different varieties of lavender.
60°/82° Through 10am: Mostly sunny with temperatures rising towards the upper 60s. Winds light and variable. Then Partly cloudy. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
Pepper, smiling over ''your style of mowing." I can't imagine. But, I've seen people mow with the zero turns and got a bigger smile imagining that!
I love baptisia!
Bernie, that is a sea of peppers!
One day is the same as the next round here too.
Prissy, huge hugs and sympathy! I fear drought and hope I never have to live thru it.
I can't imagine people not putting in a few flowers of their own when you have what seems like an oasis.
Self pity? No. You have my utmost pity. Yet, you have kept a garden going and have beauty around you :o)
I'd say you get a gold star for the best weather report :o)
Your garden does look great!
Tropicalnut, I feel your sigh :o) Almost June.
Pepper, love the ''not'' alliums. Very pretty! The clematis too!
Ladypearl, it's been windy all over the states. I don't think we've had a calm day. Reading everyone's weather makes me think that in spite of the tornado threats, that Iowa is a pretty good place to live.
Prissy, we had a tame robin this Spring and we threw her worms. DH did get her to take one from his hand :o)
Cool on the worm farm!
Cumulus, amazing!! I'm glad you got rain!!
That raindrop is pretty precious!
Tropicalnut, DH read the other day that because the mountains had so much snow over winter, that it's what is causing the winds. DH didn't say which mountains, but they had over 70' of snow.
Don't you love when the iris and peonies start?
Celia the tanager is gorgeous!!
Ladypearl, I dan't care for the grackles either.
I'll bet your chickens go crazy for the june bugs :o)
Well, it been absolutely beautiful here the last two days. We warmed up, so we could finally say we had a nice wind. The windows have been open for two days and nights.
I planted my tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. The cabbage and broccoli dried up under the lights this year. I replanted some of the spinach and put in a row of green beans.
DH called the guy who is supposed to be doing the driveway. I swear, if you don't keep after them they will keep putting you off. He'll come Friday to give a new estimate since we've decided to redo the garage apron too.
Chin up everyone. Your weather has to change. Nothing is constant in nature.