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kevcarr59

kevcarr59
BUda, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 17, 2013
8:46 PM

Post #9388786

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...

Kevin

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 19, 2013
7:45 AM

Post #9390015

Ugh!
grits74571
Talihina, OK

January 20, 2013
6:13 AM

Post #9390962

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..
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 20, 2013
3:17 PM

Post #9391588

I just bought the Farmers Almanac and it says this area should be cooler and wetter then normal. I really don't know how scientific it is.

Grits, what do you watch for in birds to get an idea of the weather?
grits74571
Talihina, OK

January 20, 2013
3:35 PM

Post #9391611

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
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 20, 2013
3:37 PM

Post #9391614

Interesting, please keep us posted on your observations.
grits74571
Talihina, OK

January 20, 2013
3:48 PM

Post #9391625

I checked and our neighborhood should be overun with Robins by now but we only have a few

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 20, 2013
7:48 PM

Post #9391840

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
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 20, 2013
9:08 PM

Post #9391945

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.

kevcarr59

kevcarr59
BUda, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2013
1:03 AM

Post #9393276

The past couple winters the Climate Prediction Center had them correct. Tonight it showed warm & dry for Texas until February 4th, and the Southeast temperature normal and wetter than normal.

I had looked at the Almanac weather predictions but they seem to be very generalized...
grits74571
Talihina, OK

January 22, 2013
6:18 AM

Post #9393457

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

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2013
7:32 AM

Post #9393521

Daffodils are blooming already !

Loonie1

Loonie1
Rowlett, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2013
9:48 AM

Post #9393662

What is "hotter than normal" these days? I'm beginning to think that "hotter than normal" is simply the new "normal."

Carla
grits74571
Talihina, OK

January 22, 2013
11:51 AM

Post #9393779

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

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

January 22, 2013
3:27 PM

Post #9393983

I heard the drought from last year may continue into this summer in our area...

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2013
4:04 PM

Post #9394023

It alreadyy is. its just hard to tell- cant see the forest for the trees- but when you travel more, you can see it as its affecting areas on our fringes.
bigbubbles
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2013
8:32 PM

Post #9394293

It's going to be 76 tomorrow afternoon and 80 on Thursday in Austin! I still have wildflower seeds I haven't thrown out in the beds. I may just be too late this year.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2013
10:03 PM

Post #9394355

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.

kevcarr59

kevcarr59
BUda, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2013
1:54 AM

Post #9394391

Lisa,
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...
bigbubbles
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2013
9:25 AM

Post #9394774

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.

This message was edited Jan 23, 2013 1:02 PM

kevcarr59

kevcarr59
BUda, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2013
11:19 AM

Post #9394909

Just curious is there any charge for attending?? Looked at your picture of the seeds and I'm looking to try some of the Green Zebra seeds, but haven't found any locally, except for a pack from Burpee.
bigbubbles
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2013
12:19 PM

Post #9394980

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.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

January 23, 2013
1:29 PM

Post #9395036

He already knows me! LOL!
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 23, 2013
7:54 PM

Post #9395515

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.
bigbubbles
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2013
8:30 PM

Post #9395543

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.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 23, 2013
10:46 PM

Post #9395577

I usually toss mine out in the garden in October and they start sprouting early in January.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 24, 2013
9:42 AM

Post #9396035

I've never had any lock with Peonies. I usually grow corn (Shirley) poppies. There are so many types of poppies and most of them like cool weather. There is a poppy forum, if you want to check it out.

Stephanie-did you toss them this year? I'm wondering bc the temps have been so warm.
bigbubbles
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 24, 2013
11:44 AM

Post #9396212

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.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 24, 2013
1:29 PM

Post #9396316

3pm in Dallas and 78F degrees outside !
This is just crazy !

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 24, 2013
4:51 PM

Post #9396542

I have my AC going!

kevcarr59

kevcarr59
BUda, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 24, 2013
11:13 PM

Post #9396870

We tied the record in Austin today, 81 degrees. It looks like it's gonna be a long hot summer...
grits74571
Talihina, OK

January 25, 2013
6:18 AM

Post #9397039

Cold nasty drizzle(34) here this morning so as we are not all that far north of DFW Y'all might be turning the A/C off real soon

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 25, 2013
6:40 AM

Post #9397062

I am just wondering what Jimmy Turner, the director of the Dallas Arboretum, is doing right now ... he must going crazy looking at this weather !

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2013
8:11 AM

Post #9397141

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.
peony1066
Sugar Land, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 25, 2013
8:53 AM

Post #9397174

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?
grits74571
Talihina, OK

January 25, 2013
9:25 AM

Post #9397200

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..

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2013
11:02 AM

Post #9397250

In Sugarland feed now. and water.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 25, 2013
11:07 AM

Post #9397257

We had 79 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.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 25, 2013
8:57 PM

Post #9397811

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.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 26, 2013
12:39 PM

Post #9398291

Daffodils blooming in DFW
grits74571
Talihina, OK

January 26, 2013
7:24 PM

Post #9398656

I heard there was a 4.1 shaker in east Texas anyone feel it??

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 26, 2013
7:41 PM

Post #9398676

Was sleepin, but have heard of several shakes last few days. It usually makes I80 a rougher road when those go thru. Ca had a small one while I was there as well.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 26, 2013
8:50 PM

Post #9398734

Grits ~ it was in the north part of the county I live in. They had minor damage. Have had many recently but it hasn't reached to the south part of the county. I've never even noticed my pets reacting.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 26, 2013
11:26 PM

Post #9398774

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.

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