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Watched the local news tonight and our weatherman at KXAN, Jim Spencer, had a report from the Climate Prediction Center. According to the Center, Texas & most of the Southwest will be much drier and warmer until the end of the month. They are also predicting a hotter than normal spring, and it looks like our drought may continue through this coming summer... They are also predicting a "hotter than normal" June, July, August for the entire country, except a narrow band along the Canadian border and the West Coast along the Pacific.
Curious to have some input from our Texas and southern contributors. Anyone that has the almanac information or predictions will be welcomed in this discussion, in addition to personal thoughts on the subject...
Maybe I best put on my oracle hat and give this some thought about Sept. I predicted a hard cold winter and at least for my location I was correct ..Just my observation but I think birds is the best indicator of weather events ..i will keep a closer eye on my feeders and try to come up with something so far I can say we have a lot fewer black birds than is usual..
Migration this past fall the Scissor tails left 2 or 3 weeks earlier than usual and several years we had Inca doves show up here which was so rare that I had to look up a picture that I took to get an idea as to what they were turns they were listed as being from the Rio Grande valley ,this year we have a lot less Robins than usual so I think they have not started the northward part of their migration ...I am going to check some pix I have and that will give me a better view of a timeline
Means winter isnt done with us- when is our Easter and equinox this spring? Make certain your Almanac is actually for Your area- dont they have em online now too? My vote is dry- with a long dusty summer
The Farmers Almanac has a map of the US. I'm just reading what it says, bc Kevin ask if anybody had Almanac info. I'm not saying I believe it but that's what it says. TX is a big state can't miss it. Easter is the last Sunday in March and the Equinox is about the 21 of March, 3 months after the solstice.
Robins take over here for 2 days every year, I can't remember when but I know it's sometime closer to spring. Have to see if I wrote it down. I mean they just take over they are everywhere.
No Goldfinches here to speak of and no purple or house finches and very few Robins so I don't think winter is done with us just yet BUT the days are getting longer and every minute of sunshine is another bit warmer ..My wife spoke with a dear friend in Northern Nevada last evening and they have only had 2 days with the high temp above freezing since Christmas so I am not about to complain about a lttle frost LOL
To me the hotter than normal must refer to the horrible number of days that were right at 100° what I find scary is the fact that each year is worse than before ..I was talking to a young man that has a tree removal service and he said the number of trees already lost is just staggering according to hime we have lost over 50% of the Maples Which is a shame it being one of our prettiest trees having bright red foliage in the very early spring ...Joe
Bubbles same here but I say toss them. Feb is usually one of our coldest months. If the seeds don't come up this year the will next year. Our lows are usually 10* below Austin's, but I can't believe that is it for winter.
I wouldn't expect us to get off this easy with the weather. It would be nice, but we'll get probably 2 more good cold snaps, and hopefully that will be it. I just hope we get a lot more rain, we've already got cracks starting in the yard...
End of January/beginning of February seems like the freezing weather always comes back. BTW, our garden club had Paul Yura ( Warning Coordination Meteorologist at National Weather Service) speak last fall. If you ever get a chance to hear him, you should. He made the weather so much more interesting because he explained wind currents, El Nino and La Nina, etc. in such a way that we all "got it!" Our speakers usually have about 30-45 minutes. We kept him there over an hour with questions.
Thanks for letting me know I'm not the only procrastinator when it comes to seeds, Lisa. I'm going out to plant 50 lycoris bulbs I've had since Sept. Is it too late to toss poppy seeds? I've never had any luck with those.
Short notice, but for those of you close to Austin:
(The Garden Club of Austin speaker tomorrow night is Linda Wall. She's going to demonstrate her tips on growing tomatoes and peppers successfully. Linda has a consulting business and also works for The Natural Gardener nursery in Austin. She's taking 45 packets of nine varieties of her own heirloom tomato seeds to share with the group. If you're in the area, you should join us at Zilker). I'm a terrible tomato grower, so I'm looking forward to this.
No charge to attend unless you want to become a member. We'd love to have you visit. And we'd love to have you become a member if you decide to! If you need directions, I can d-mail them to you. I'll also send you a link to our newsletter so you know a little about Linda.
Bubbles, what kind of poppy seeds? I usually toss Shirley poppy seeds. I'm not sure if it's too late. I don't think they need cold treatment to germinate it's justthatthe heat kills them. Just surface sow them. I haven't done any but I've sown seeds for so many yrs that if we get rain I'll have flowers. The larkspur always come back.
Poppy pkgs. just read peony pink and red. I have a couple of packs of larkspur also. All were given to me at a club mtg. last Sept. I had forgotten about the larkspur until I read your post. I have a pile of compost behind the fence. Maybe I can spread some around in the front bed where it's sunny and then scatter the seeds. I think the weather will turn cooler soon, at least for a little while, so maybe they will germinate this time. Thanks for tip.
I threw the poppies out this morning. Still have the bulbs to plant. Hopefully this weather will stay sunny and warm,and I can get the bulbs all planted by the weekend. Larkspur are out too! I opened our hoops and everything looks like it's ready to go outside already.
Its just typical weather with an edge to dryer and slightly warmer- but this is what kills produce in the Valley- trees gear up and Wham! As soon as Father Winter sees the blooms, here comes a cold snap. I DO believe for Austin area and north to Red River end of Feb will see the hard colds gone.
The weather man said the other day that we may be done with freezes for the winter. None of my plants have died, but they have lost leaves. Many in pots need feeding. When would you begin to feed them again?
I am thinking the magic number for feeding is the soil temps needs to be 56° or above if you sue a foliar fertilizar then as soon as they show new growth..Now this is just off the top of my head so I could be off just a tad either way..
We had 79º yesterday and today we have cool fog with some drizzle. A cold front stalled right on top of us. Last night it was so humid, I had to turn on the AC so my husband could breathe without having an asthma attack.
I have my A/C on too. It was so cold just a week or so ago. But ive lived here too long to trust this weather. I'm sure we have at least 1 hard freeze left but it wouldn't surprise me if there were a lot more.
Us80. I noticed new wells aflame tonite on my way down i45, several, as a matter of fact. i wonder if the drilling and the mining they are doing thru that area is pertinant...So GOOD to be in Texas. To be home.