I haven't voted because none of the options really fits. The big problem in late May - early June was wind. For about three weeks we had continuous strong wind which played havoc with my runner beans. Last week we had what passes for a heat wave in Finland, 30 plus Celsius. Today it rained and rained.
It's been a bit cool and we are still running the furnace in the morning. Our temperatures seem to lag behind everyone else, and I'm sure we'll be running the air conditioner in November. It would be nice to have some rain but it doesn't rain at this time of the year.
We had a drought over the winter, then about three solid weeks of rain in May, but now, nothing. The temps are great, though -- 80's so far, perfect June weather. But we have a tremendous amount of snowmelt this year from up to 170% of average snow and warm weather in May and June. Lots of flooding, but nothing too serious yet.
Can't believe Canoga Park, California is still turning on the furnace!
I've almost forgotten what rain looks and sounds like. We've had only .01in so far this month, where the norm would be 6 or more in. You would think I live in a dessert, too, lately. The yard is a dust bowl. I have to run the sprinkler for hours at a time 2x a week to keep everything from turning up dead. I'm on city water/sewer, so my water bill will be through the roof this month.
I was torn, and should've picked two: two little rain and too much heat. But, putting it in perspective, because there's so little rain, our humidity is waaaaaaay low, and the tomato plants have flourished in the drier weather. Since this is my last season container gardening, keeping the plants watered has only been a bother on the hottest days.
My vines are the healthiest they've ever been. In fact, they're still putting on new blooms and setting fruit. I'll be taking cuttings for a fall garden soon. Hope to have an even better harvest in the fall. But, hard to tell what this crazy weather will do. We could have hurricanes out the wazoo this season, with all the heat we've had. Looks like the makings of a "perfect storm!"
I might just rethink replacing my hurricane Ike fence AFTER this upcoming hurricane season!
We had a nice, cool and wet spring in Kansas City, perfect for bulbs and hostas. It's getting warm (80-90's) now, which is great for the annuals and tropicals, but we're still having enough rain to help keep things green. Naturally, I need to water the border garden, but the sprinklers in the lawn have only run 3 or 4 times since I had the system turned on this spring.
Too little rain is an understatement.. NO rain since september! We have been teased by the smell a few times and seen the clouds. We are on day 9 or 10 of temps above 100.. 103 yesterday.. 105 the day before.. supposed to be 105 I think today. Expecting about 14 days total above 100 before it breaks. Svered drought with watering restrictions tightening monthly. I have lived here almost 40 years and never seen anything like it.
Please pray for rain... we live in a tiny spot where we can actually watch clouds split and go around us. West Texas .. well all of Texas is in a severe drought.. but this particular spot is in the worst of it. NOTHING has fallen here but a few seconds of teasing rain that barely wet the patio ...not that there are any storms forming to watch!
... oh, and then there is the WIND... almost forgot about that... more than usual... getting tired of that too. LOL
Hey.. at least the weeds are dead here too... I noticed the other day that the weeds in the ditches were even brown... the only thing surving here are the mesquite because they have unbelieveably deep roots.
We've gone from one extreme to the next! Last week we were close to a hundred for 3 days with no rain for weeks. Now it's been staying in the 50's for a few days and raining way too much! Hopefully it evens out :)
I chose "Everything is just right", because today it is, as well as the last two days. Now if I had answered the same question last week I would have said "Too Hot & Too Humid". Another day it would have been "Too Rainy".
With the weather...in our area...the answer depends entirely on what day it is.
Too hot and too dry. We have had temps in the mid 90's (hot for June) and no rain for several weeks. Not good for the plants, but better for all here that have tornado damage that might not be repaired yet. Many still have tarps on their roofs.
We have had over 8 inches of rain just this week. Double digit rains in May. The last two years were record breaking rainfall and this year looks to be the same. I'm longing for the dry weather we had when we lived in England! ;-)
hot, hot and more hot. dry, dry and more dry. it's a difficult gardening spring to say the least. i try not to complain. we have no fires or floods in the immediate area...no tornadoes either. things could be a lot worse.
We've had 3/4" inches of rain each of the last two days - wonderful for the garden, but a little damaging to the blooms that were open. This daylily is a favorite that's just opened it's first bloom, so I took a pic this morning, even though it was damaged.
I would give anything for some of that rain or cold. We are on day 13 I think it is of temps over 100.. it is 106 right now.. I have daylilies that really need to go in the ground.. they are going to die if I don't do it soon but I can't get out there in that heat. It is supposed to finally cool down into the high 90's in the middle of next week we hope.
I asked dad what he wanted for fathers day.. his answer... RAIN!
well we got a little rain this afternoon. Still got up to 106, but now it's a pleasant 93. OF course the sun has come back out and with the humidity it feels like 97, but I think we gat about a qarter of an inch. We'll take what we can get.
Our whole state is in some stage of drought. about 1/3 of the state is in severe drought and we are experiencing normal July temps here in June. We are plagued with wildfires here like we've never experienced before and we've broken several records set back in 1902 for high temps. My rain barrels have been empty a long time and here in Houston we are 17" before our normal avg rain fall for the year. The last qtr of 2010 was dry too. We are approaching desperate measures here with most surrounding suburbs already rationing water.
I feel very sorry for all of the States that are so hot and dry, while some of the Provinces here are getting too much rain and are flooding. It may be a bit too cool and a bit too wet here, but I just came in from my garden which is lush and green and felt very fortunate indeed.
I know the terrible temps and drought is because of the low temps in the Pacific Ocean.. it is slowly warming up and we will start getting more rain in a few months.. I am just impatient .. wish we could truck in the water from other parts! LOL Temp was 97 at 11pm last night and it felt like a blast furnace when I went outside but it cooled down to 81 and felt so nice.. what a relief... who knew 81 could feel like a wonderful cool night! It's all relative but I enjoyed it very much. Wateringing restrictions increase on July 1... hope I can keep my yard alive until the rains come.
... we really enjoy rain scenes in programs on TV.. even will watch them in commercials!
It's 105 again today. The U.S. Drought Monitor says 100% of Louisiana is in a drought situation. 92% of the state is in a Severe to Exceptional drought. The other 8% is in a Moderate drought.
The drought is not only going to affect our plant crops but crawfish as well. With our fishing industry still recovering from the oil spill, we can use all the prayers we can get. My family is not involved in farming or fishing but I pray every day for those who are.
Cool wet spring then straight jump to hot humid summer w/ very little rain so far. Ground bakes and plants are lightly steamed in the hot and humid air. A few afternoon thunderstorms don't provide much rain, the sun comes right on out after and what little rain did falls you can see rising as steam. I'm really not a fan of summer other than the plants, veggies and flowers:lol: And on a personal note I don't like that the sun doesn't set until almost 9pm:lol:
Wow, Zuluqueen, I didn't realize that LA was in a drought, too! I will send prayers for my home state, too--I was born in N.O. My grampa was a fisherman from Delacroix Island in the bayou. I remember going crabbing with him when I was little.
This is a really hot June! Actually, it started getting up in the 90's here in May, and now in June it has sometimes pushed 100 - not typical at all. Everything here is blooming early - wonder if that will make for an ugly fall? The roses really seemed to suffer when the temps started soaring - mine have black spot, yellow leaves, and SMALL blooms. My friend are experiencing the same problems with their roses.
I also have three new flower beds this year, and it is a challenge "babying" the new plants until their root systems develop more. I have just lost a few, though.
It is so hot and dry here that it's difficult to water the plants.
I'm trying to save the lawn but it seems to be a losing battle.
Our cats are taking advantage of the bare dirt, i hose down those spots and the (3) cats hate it !
So far my citrus trees are still holding fruit, manual irrigation on those.
Palms are OK with soaker hoses wrapped around the bases.
Plumerias have to be kept in the shade.
Cycads are OK with added water.
Bamboo needs extra water now & then.
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!!
It hasn't rained more than one inch since Septermber 2010. It's been over 100 degrees for seven days in a row. Our watering schedule has been reduced to the hours before 7:00 am and after 10:00 pm, twice a week. I'm trying to save my trees and roses. The lawn is dust. Sigh. Send rain!
Listening to the weather men, it seems we will almost have to have a tropical disturbance/storm in order to get any relief...scary thought. There is a small disturbance over the Yucatan right now...they say it might/maybe offer a little rain for extreme SE Texas...but ...
Sitting here watching the light show south of me.. I know some are happy getting some rain.. it looks like on the radar that a good area south and east of me are getting rain! Congratulations to all.. unfortunately, all I get is a fantastic light show. Mother nature sure knows how to be a big tease.
I can't wait for the noon news to come on to hear how much rain others got last night... absolutely nothing here but it sure looked like areas south and east of us got a nice soaking. I sure hope so! Congratulations to everyone who got anything... every drop counts.. I think. Never dreamed I could ache for rain so much. My birthday is in a few days and all I want is rain, rain, rain.
Well, our monsoon season is officially here and although it is cooler (mid 100s) and humid, so far very little rain... Mostly high winds and blowing dust and hit or miss showers here and there... Still holding out for some good downpours though;o)
We will get happy feet for ya...LOL It is fun and good exercise even if we don't get rain...the last one resulted in a whole lot of thunder and lightning, but just a short shower...everybody is a critic...even Mother Nature...LOL
After days of extreme heat (100 yesterday) we had thunderstorms last night. I got over 2" of rain in my 'unofficial' rain gauge (a straight sided glass I keep on the patio table) - truly a blessing for my garden (and water bill!).