Weather

Rain poetry – a haiku, a silly song, and a limerick

The Gauge

The Gauge

Rain, hitting the roof

Rhythmic staccato patters

Ground, satiated.

The barrow

The barrow

There’s rain in my barrow, dear Liza, dear Liza

There’s rain in my barrow, dear Liza, a LOT!

Photo from a Spring Rain...but there are similarities

Photo from a Spring Rain…but there are similarities

Rain peppering the red metal roof

Sends punctuated, pinging proof

That the weather outside

Keeps the people inside

Or risk getting soaked through-n-through like a goof

This weather is…

Storm after storm

Storm after storm

 

 

 

 

 

 

perfect for….

FUNGUS!

I am a fretter by nature, and I am fretting a wee bit right now. About the weather. About fungus. Specifically, about BLIGHT.

I fret about our beautiful tomatoes. Plants that have been growing gorgeously. Plants laden with green fruits. Plants that are drowning in this current weather pattern.

Cooler than usual days. Nearly 4 inches of rain in the last 7 days; 7.5 inches since July 1st (we average 4.26 inches for the entire month). Cloudy, dreary, damp days.

Perfect conditions for blight. Holding my breath, fingers crossed…I hope to bring some tomatoes to market next week.

How is your tomato crop doing where you are?

Here is come info from Cornell about late blight in tomatoes.

The first significant snow of 2014

Just back to the farm from being in town to find this:

2014 first snow

2014 first snow

Row covers are flattened. Metal hoops are down or bent. Some fiberglass hoops have snapped, tearing the row covers.

After sweeping

After sweeping

It was a wet snow. Temp is now 39 degF. Melting has begun, but the weight of it all is too much for the simple row covers. I tried to sweep some off, but it was a bit much. It will just have to be as it is.

Snow isn’t a bad thing for a garden. It is actually insulating and protective to the growing plants. Provides good moisture.

Snow is NOT good for light season extension equipment. Time. Money. Effort. Bleh.

Oh well. Our minimalist try at season extension wasn’t ideal from the start. We’ll still have deliciousness we can dig out and enjoy, but our market season, for sure, is over.

Weather data

I am a nerd. I think we all know that. Ergo, you shouldn’t be surprised that I am posting some weather data. But first, some backstory.

We bought the farm (tee-hee) December 2011. We threw some seeds in the ground, haphazardly, during the summer of 2012. We couldn’t keep up with harvests of tomatoes, peppers, beans and sweet corn (thus, the recurrent yellow cherry tomato now in its third year of volunteer production). We decide to start a business, having loved all of the fresh eats we had in 2012. Time to get a little serious and give it a try. Why not? We took a class (the Grower’s Academy…it was excellent). We talked to farmers, now friends and mentors. We formed a plan (or many plans). We started seeds. We tended plantings. We did OK. Market year two (that’s now), we took what we learned from 2013 and improved upon the plan. Performed crop rotation. Amended the soil with pretty compost. Pared down our plantings to try and manage our crops better (i.e. get better quality). And we DID better…but what was so different from 2012 up to 2014?

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Clouds at sunset

One thought – weather. We’ve had some…

Here’s some data from the National Climatic Data Center (a part of NOAA). It is an annual summary of temperatures and precipitation amounts collected by a weather station positioned in downtown Pulaski, VA (it’s been there, collecting data, since 1948). Remember, I’m a nerd.

See anything interesting? Granted, the data for 2014 isn’t complete, but it still is valuable. Take a peek. What trend(s) do you see? I’ll tell you what I see in a later post…makes me curious to see how the remaining blanks fill in for 2014….

DATE

TEMPERATURE (degF)

PRECIPTATION (inches)

MONTH

YEAR

MEAN MAX

MEAN MIN

MEAN

DAYS DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL

HIGHEST

DATE

LOWEST

DATE

TOTAL

SNOW TOTAL

January

2012

47

26.4

36.7

63

14

2.56

0.7

February

2012

5.1

28.3

39.7

70

13

2.59

6.7

March

2012

65

38.5

51.8

80

19

3.12

0

April

2012

66.2

40.5

53.4

82

29

6.1

0

May

2012

76.6

53

64.8

86

37

3.94

0

June

2012

81.4

54.8

68.1

99

46

3.57

0

July

2012

86.8

64.5

75.7

98

60

3.97

0

August

2012

82

58.5

70.3

88

51

3.64

0

September

2012

77.7

52.7

65.2

90

36

3.28

0

October

2012

65.5

40.8

53.2

79

33

2.39

0

November

2012

53.5

27.5

40.5

72

17

1.21

0

December

2012

51.6

29.1

40.4

69

20

2.36

0

ANNUAL SUMMARY

67

42.9

99

June 30

13

February 12

38.73

7.4

DATE

TEMPERATURE (degF)

PRECIPTATION (inches)

MONTH

YEAR

MEAN MAX

MEAN MIN

MEAN

DAYS DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL

HIGHEST

DATE

LOWEST

DATE

TOTAL

SNOW TOTAL

January

2013

47.3

27.7

37.5

4.5

71

12

6.95

9.1

February

2013

44.2

25.3

34.8

-0.9

59

11

1.81

1.6

March

2013

46

27.7

69.9

-6

71

16

2.61

4.5

April

2013

66.2

40

53.1

1.2

85

24

3.68

3.3

May

2013

71.5

48.3

59.9

-0.7

85

33

4.05

0

June

2013

81.2

58.5

69.9

1.1

88

51

5.53

0

July

2013

83

62.5

72.8

0.5

90

52

8.94

0

August

2013

80.3

60.1

70.2

-0.9

87

47

2.84

0

September

2013

46.5

51.4

63.9

-0.2

85

42

1.77

0

October

2013

66.5

42.9

54.7

1.1

84

22

2.17

0

November

2013

54.6

29.8

42.2

-2.5

72

12

3.25

0

December

2013

48.5

28.2

38.4

3

66

12

2.15

0

ANNUAL SUMMARY

63.8

41.9

90

July 17

11

February 2

45.75

18.5

DATE

TEMPERATURE (degF)

PRECIPTATION (inches)

MONTH

YEAR

MEAN MAX

MEAN MIN

MEAN

DAYS DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL

HIGHEST

DATE

LOWEST

DATE

TOTAL

SNOW TOTAL

January

2014

39

15.6

27.3

-5.7

57

-7

0.78

1.8

February

2014

45.7

24

34.9

-0.8

64

10

3.14

13

March

2014

50.4

27.5

39

-3.9

72

12

2.12

2.6

April

2014

66.5

38.9

52.7

0.8

81

25

3.78

0

May

2014

77.4

49.1

63.2

2.6

89

35

1.83

0

June

2014

July

2014

August

2014

September

2014

October

2014

November

2014

December

2014

ANNUAL SUMMARY

55.8

31

89

May 14

-7

January 8

11.65

17.4