Wacky Weather

Even without forest fires and hurricanes, our 2020 weather has had its extremes. This morning, Sunday (9-20-20) just before dawn, our thermometer read 28-degrees F.

Image: Yesterday, Saturday morning (9-19-20) at 6:50am, the temperature on our deck was only 30-degrees. Charts at the weather service web site indicated the temperature had dropped steadily all night, from 48 degrees at midnight to sub-freezing at sunrise.

Frost persisted on a deck railing at 7:22am Saturday. Our first Autumn frost typically occurs around October 10th, so this cold snap was 3 weeks early.

Fortunately, these plants huddled on a picnic table under an opened sun umbrella appear to have avoided any cold damage later Saturday morning. The plants covered with leaf tarps have stayed covered, without inspection, since another cold night (or two) is in the weather forecast.

What our weather has brought so far in 2020:
  • Frost-Freeze-Frost in May was like a right-left-right boxing combination on trees and shrubs that were leafed-out and blooming. (Slideshow below: 28-degree temperature with sleet and subsequent plant damage on May 9th, with Magnolia blossoms brown by May 13th).
  • Near freezing temperature and perpetual rains in June over-saturate the soil (Slideshow: 34-degrees on June 1st)
  • July and August weather brought a record number of 90-degree days along with a prolonged drought.
  • September remained dry and delivered an early frost and freeze to our valley.
I spoke with an apple grower north of Pittsburgh yesterday, and he thought the cold Spring temperatures had wiped-out his entire apple crop, but luckily his orchards still produced 60 to 70 percent of the usual crop, even though the apples are smaller than usual.
Like they say, nothing you can do about the weather except talk about it!
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