April Daily Weather, What a beautiful world Spring Brings!

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Howdy all you great gardeners.
Here in North Florida the nights are warming up as my job starts 7-12s as of today.
I so enjoy all of your pictures and mussings.
I feel like we are chatting over a worldwide back fence.
So drop on by for some good old lemonade, or maybe some Irish Coffee.
I'm curiouser and curiouser about what dave's April first spoof will be.
The weather has finally warmed up about midnight last night.
PS this jewel is out by my front steps.

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Amelia Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Happy April 1!! Don't fall for any jokes today!

Sidney we crossed! LOL! That's a beauty of an amaryllis! Looks like Happiness.

Here's another beach picture looking South

Edited to add

7/12's???!!!! How long is that supposed to last?

This message was edited Apr 1, 2008 5:58 AM

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Peterstown, WV(Zone 6a)

Are you all gonna play any tricks on some unsuspecting soul? :D


(the prettiest flower that I have)

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Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

I'm away from this thread for less than 24 hours and look what y'all have done--you have really been "chatting it up". LOL
BP, how long did it take you to answer all those posts? LOL
pepper: I am here and alive and well. We had some mild thunderstorms but they were over in a short while. Clearing up somewhat today but more rain on the way for tomorrow. :o((
Kelli: beautiful Thanksgiving cactus--and I agree--call the holiday what it is!!
Sidney: funny story about the guy who "stole the stink"! Beautiful amaryllis!!
Sharon: as usual you get the best photos of the sunrise and sunset.
Celia: you are in big trouble with me--you never told me your brother has a house on the beach. I'm stowing away in the trunk of your car when you go visit with him in June! LOL
Kiska: from the mountains of Alaska to the beach in Mexico! How wonderfully warm it will be there! Take lots of pictures and have a great time!
Joey: JW is not only cute as he can be but smart, too! Reading, already--LOL
TF: you should open your own petting zoo and charge admission! Ever thought of that? LOL

This is all we saw of the sun yesterday and it has not made an appearance so far today. We are currently at 58 heading for 64 (maybe). edited to say: sorry about the fuzzy photo

This message was edited Apr 1, 2008 7:31 AM

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(Zone 3b)

Cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s to mid 40s.
Southeast wind 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph.
Thanks for the new thread,Sugarweed. The flower is a beautiful beginning. Your work schedule makes me cringe~wow, hope it's not for too long a time.
Music2Keep~JW is looking so well and that's so good. The interest he's showing in the book is just wonderful. What a sweetie.
MySharona~loved the title, Molten Gold, and it fit the sky beautifully. We did go to Cancun, November before last.
This trip will be on the western side of Mexico, about 40 miles north of Cabo San Lucas on the Eastern side of Baja Peninsula.
marsue~the sky looked good even if the sun didn't put in much of an appearance.
kwanjin~sounds like a good trip you've planned, as well.
Moose in the driveway; taken at nearly dark so's a bit fuzzy. Taken by SIL.

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(Zone 7a)

Sorry, Mau! I thought I did!!!

I could so use some Irish coffee...(sigh). I have to go to work in a couple of hours and mustn't indulge now. Maybe tonight. This summer, if you're so inclined, try Bailey shakes.

Beautiful amarylis, Sidney.

Mau, sunrise is wonderful, isn't it?

I love seeing the wildlife come in close. From the safety of teh house, that is.

This is my grandniece playing in the snow/sand 3 days ago on the same beach.

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(Zone 7a)

And the view from the balcony...

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(Zone 7a)

And the house...

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(Zone 3b)

Beautiful series, kwanjin.

(Zone 7a)

I have many more and will get more this summer. It was my hubbies first trip there and he is now wanting to move there. Both of us work for companies that have branches to which we can transfer. ☺

Sturgeon fishing on the Columbia River.

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Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Eve, I love those pictures.

Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Happy April Fool's Day! :-) I missed Dave's pink prank, but judging by the comments, it's probably just as well. LOL

Sidney, that flower is gorgeous! That's an amaryllis? I wonder if they grow here. Does it need full sun? I should go look it up in PlantFiles. Please be careful with your 7/12s. I'm glad you had a wonderful time at the RU. :-)

Kwanjin, your pictures are wonderful! I've heard that Oregon is beautiful. :-) Do you think you'll really move?

Joey, thank you for the JW fix. :-) Mussel eggs, huh? Cool! :-)

Kiska, have a great time in Mexico!

I thought we were expecting thunderstorms this afternoon/evening, but the weather page doesn't say anything about it anymore. I don't know if they just failed to form, or if they moved in another direction. Either way, it's fine with us. :-) The humidity was at 87% this morning, so it feels very nice out there now.

Observation for Houston, TX (KSGR) as of 3:53pm CDT (24 min ago)
Temperature 84 F 29 C
Dew Point 68 F 20 C
Humidity 58%
Pressure 30.01 in 1016.3 mb
Wind Speed 3 MPH 3 kts
Wind Dir ENE 70
Ceiling 4500 ft 1372 m
Visibility 10 mi 16.1 km
Heat Index 88 F 31 C
Current Conditions Mostly Cloudy
6 hour min temperature ending 12:53pm CDT : 72.0F / 22.2C
3 hour precipitation ending 3:53pm CDT : Trace

L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

Beautiful amaryllis, Sydney. I think it will be a little while yet before my outdoor ones bloom.

Great Oregon pictures. Snow on the beach? That's a new one for me.

They're still calling for a 60% chance of rain tomorrow.

Warnings and Notices
Special Weather Statement

... A late season storm system will bring rain and mountain snow to
southwestern California Wednesday into Wednesday night...

An upper low moving slowly across the eastern Pacific is forecast
to track to a position just west of Point Conception Wednesday
afternoon... then is expected to slide east southeastward into Los
Angeles County Wednesday evening. This system is expected
to bring a 6 to 8 hour period of steady rain to southwestern
California Wednesday into early Wednesday night... with a slight
chance of thunderstorms.

Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 1:51 PM PDT on April 01, 2008
61 F / 16 C
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 56%
Dew Point: 45 F / 7 C
Wind: 4 mph / 6 km/h / 1.5 m/s Variable

We went to the burn area today. I hope these pictures are a treat for you.

foothill lupine (and mustard) - I don't know what the yellow "daisy" is in the foreground. It isn't in my wildflower book so maybe it escaped from someone's yard.

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L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

Catalina mariposa lilies

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L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

more mariposa lilies

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L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

This oak tree is still alive. Did you know that the word robust comes from the Latin word for oak tree?

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L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

stinging lupines

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Amelia Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Joey Awww JW is the most handsomest intelligent young man on the planet! Intelligence and looks GrammyJoey is going to have her hands full! Oh, I dont know major guess B
Marsue Thanks and glad you came through the storms unharmed. Lovely sunrise even if it didnt last, God let you get a little peek in!
Kiska Sounds like yall are going to have a wonderful time! Take lots of pictures so we can live vicariously through you! How is the glass business going? I have got to see some moose in person!
Kwanjin I love the picture series! Very nice! Your GN is concentrating very hard on finding the perfect shell! Thats a huge sturgeon (at least to me)! Are you thinking about moving?
Marylyn No rain here either. The amaryllis will grow in Houston. Mine are late blooming.grrrrr. Here is a link for care http://www.amaryllis.com/pac.htm
Kelli I always enjoy your hiking pictures! Just wonderful!

72.1 F / 22.3 C
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 69%
Dew Point: 61 F / 16 C
Wind: 2.0 mph / 3.2 km/h / 0.9 m/s from the SE
Wind Gust: 5.4 mph / 8.7 km/h
Pressure: 30.12 in / 1019.9 hPa (Rising)
Heat Index: 75 F / 24 C
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 5500 ft / 1676 m
Scattered Clouds 9000 ft / 2743 m
Mostly Cloudy 25000 ft / 7620 m
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 20 ft / 6 m

Partly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Low 60. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

Chamber of Commerce day here! Just beautiful!

Marylyn - Just for you Moss Rose :)

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Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

drooling..... Thanks for the amaryllis link!

Georgetown, SC(Zone 8a)

Marylyn: I have amaryllis that bloom well in part shade, just fyi. :)
Kelli: Love all the wildflowers.
Kiska: Have fun on your holiday!

I had a heck of a drive back from Beaufort today. Mostly at 30mph with hail stones bouncing off the car andt the emergency flashers on! I guess we're making up last year's drought in one day. :) Lovely temp and it had been a very nice day....until.....

This is what it looked like as I was heading toward it.

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(Zone 3b)

very windy; glacial silt getting in your mouth windy. The grit is quite fine and also makes it way into eyes. cloudy and in the low 40's. Very unpleasant to be out in. On that note, my GD's 1st grade class walked the 1.7 miles from the ice rink, back to school as a field trip. Hearty group...
kelli~how very pretty the hills are; so many wildflowers and I'd imagine the rain will bring out more.
Marylyn~I see why you love those moss roses; very nice, MySharona.
wow Deb~that's some storm to be heading into.
My first large fused and draped bowl.

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Georgetown, SC(Zone 8a)

Kiska: Wow! That's very nice!

(Zone 3b)

thanks~now w/larger molds, things are becoming more dramatic:))

Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

Another great moose shot, Kiska.
Celia, love that series of photos. I know you have things keeping you where you are but if not, I would sure be packing my bags if I were you!
Kelli: great shots from your hike. No, I did not know that the word "robust" comes from the Latin word for oak tree. I learn something new every day here on DG. :o))
Sharon: love that moss rose! I'm going to check out that amaryllis link because a DGer who lives fairly close to me gave me some last December and also my husband's aunt gave us some, too. They are starting to come up and I need to know what to do with them/for them.
Deb: did your car have dents in it from the hail? That must have been some scary drive!

Our rain has stopped temporarily and the sun came out for a while this afternoon. DH and I were able to spread some bags of red mulch on the front flower beds--trying to "dress them up" a bit. I can still see the sun peeking through the clouds and this is how it looks out my front door right now. Our current temp is 61.

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Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

We cross-posted, kiska. That is a beautiful bowl!

Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Wow, Janet! That bowl is gorgeous!!!!

Ooo.. really, Deb? I'm gonna have to go amaryllis shopping! :-)

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

Just a quick couple of shots before I have to slid out of here...

Corylus avellana L. 'Contorta' Catkins
(Harry Lauder's Walking Stick)

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Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

And some Helleborus


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KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

Bone cold today. Reached mid 40s but was breezy. Not as bad as yesterday thankfully but bad enough.

(Zone 7a)

I must have all the flowers that are posted! That bowl is beautiful.

Deb, I think eveyone is making up for last years droughts.

Yes, I think we will really move. Probably to Washington near Spokane.

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Amelia Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Deb Geez - Thats some nasty looking weather. Glad you got home safe and no dings on your car. Well be getting into that hot afternoon storm arena soon.
Kiska Beautiful bowl! Wow! The 1st graders are tough!
Marsue Pretty sky picture! Your lawn/garden is going to be so pretty when all the flowers bloom!
Marylyn Oh yeah, Amaryllis are very hardy! I love them and they were a favorite of my Mother.
Ric Great pictures! Ive never heard of or seen a Corylus avellana L. 'Contorta' Catkins. Neat plant. Your Helleborus is beautiful!
Celia - Looks like a little piece of Paradise to me! Everyone that visits here calls our little island Paradise - they hate to leave! I don't leave very often either! LOL!

66.6 F / 19.2 C
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 91%
Dew Point: 64 F / 18 C
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph / 0.0 km/h
Pressure: 30.15 in / 1020.9 hPa (Falling)
Visibility: 7.0 miles / 11.3 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Scattered Clouds 6000 ft / 1828 m
Mostly Cloudy 25000 ft / 7620 m
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 20 ft / 6 m

Becoming mostly cloudy. Areas of fog early in the morning. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 81. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Yuck - look at the humidity! :( I'm surprised this picture came out at all, although it is a little blurry. Prissy gets a "wild hair" once in a while and does this sit/spin thing, snorts profusely, then starts running around in circles and chases one of the cats. This is Prissy and Boo! Nothing like free entertainment!

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Amelia Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Kelli - Nice article!

Balotesti, Romania(Zone 5a)

Wow, such wonderful pics!
Kelli, your hikes are great , as always, love those hills !
Kiska, seems the snow is melting down finally!
Joey, your"flower" is the sweetest!
Ric, beautiful flowers!
Sharon, I just love Prissy , she's so cute...Boo too!LOL Also, love the sunrise...I could stay forever on the shore and watch the sun ! Moss rose is Portulaca?
Sidney, your amaryllis are awesome!
Marsue, great pics!
Kwanjin, thanks for sharing about your home and family, beautiful house!
Deb, wow, was that a storm coming ?
I'm at work now and I can't post any pics now, but I'll get back to you later, when I get back home tonight. It's 7 p.m. and I'll be staying 2 more hours...ugh!

(Zone 7a)

Sharona, you had me on the floor laughing with the doggie description! Ours cats do that on occassion.

Feels like: 33F

Barometer: 30 in ↓
Dewpoint: 34
Humidity: 87%
Visibility: 10 miles
Wind: 6 mph N
Sunrise: 7:08 AM
Sunset: 7:54 PM
UV Index: 2 Low

The sturgeon pic I sent earlier is actually small for this fish. The get up to 12 feet. I've seen a picture of one that was caught in Idaho that is 1300lbs!

Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Good afternoon! That was a small sturgeon, Celia?? Wow... I didn't know river fish got that big. (Obviously I don't know a lot about fish! LOL)

Kelli, I loved the article! :-)

It is once again supposed to rain this afternoon. We'll see. :-) I just went out to the front yard to take pictures of some of the flowers that are blooming. Here is the Brazos Penstemon.

Observation for Houston, TX (KSGR) as of 2:38pm CDT (6 min ago)
Temperature 81 F 27 C
Dew Point 69 F 21 C
Humidity 69%
Pressure 30.06 in 1018 mb
Wind Speed 8 MPH 7 kts
Wind Dir SE 140
Ceiling 2600 ft 792 m
Visibility 10 mi 16.1 km
Heat Index 84 F 29 C
Current Conditions Mostly Cloudy
6 hour min temperature ending 12:53pm CDT : 70.0F / 21.1C

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Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

This one was a bit of a surprise. I didn't expect it to be blooming yet. :-) I'm not sure the name of this rose... It doesn't bloom very often - I suspect it gets too much shade.

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Watertown, WI(Zone 5a)

A nice day here! (Too bad I'm sick with a cold. Bleah!) My first crocus blooms opened today, too. And there was much rejoicing!


Last Update on Apr 2, 2:35 pm CDT



Humidity: 43 %
Wind Speed: SW 15 MPH
Barometer: 30.35"
Dewpoint: 27F (-3C)
Wind Chill: 42F (6C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.

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Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

That is gorgeous, KaylyRed!!!

L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

Thank you Marilyn and Sharon.

Still a 70% chance of rain, though it doesn't look like rain yet. It will probably rain after dark. That's the usual modus operendi (pretend that I spelled that correctly).

Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 12:51 PM PDT on April 02, 2008
62 F / 17 C
Scattered Clouds
Humidity: 46%
Dew Point: 41 F / 5 C
Wind: 7 mph / 11 km/h / 3.1 m/s from the SSW

Georgetown, SC(Zone 8a)

Sharon: We have that muggy feeling here today too. Raining at the moment...but not like yesterday. No hail. :)
RIc: Pretty hellebores. I love that color.
Marsue: I passed a street out in the country today called "Mar-Sue Lane".
Adina: Yup. THat's the storm I drove through.
Kelli: Oh no! I must've missed your article. Going to go check.
Marylin: Pretty Purple Penstemon. :)
Kayly: Sorry you're sick, but with the crocus blooming in WI, it can't be all bad!!

Osteospermum, "Lemon Symphony".

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