Worms and Flowers

Where for art thou, spring

Posted in Flowers, Garden, Weather by Lzyjo on March 14, 2010

Only six weeks ago the world outside was covered with snow and ice with more layers of ice and snow on top of that. Temperatures have consistently been 10 degrees below average. Now that it has warmed up the temperamental  spring weather has set in. Read, thunderstorms, hail, 25-mile-an-hour winds, and a threat for tornadoes.

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By mid January local schools had run out of snow days…..I have to laugh becuase they shut down when it’s cold and they let drivers decide whether they want to go out or not. But that’s another story. The only good part about an ice storm is it’s beautiful, if only for a few hours before they sun begins melting it off, drip by drip. In the Northeast you are expected to drive  in 6+ inches on snow, but here that’s nearly impossible, mostly becuase they don’t have the type of road crews like in the NE. I saw one ice truck and it went by three days after the storm when the road was already clear. Oy.

I’ve already been planting peas, but I fear it’s too cold. On the bright side the lawn is definitely turning green from the spring rains and it won’t be long now.

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Here’s what’s happening at CasaLiz. The frigid-looking pansies are flowering more and more, buds are swelling — leaves ready to bust out. Bulbs are coming up all over the place. Somewhere I expected, others in more surprising locations. Jumping-Jimminy, it’s exciting.

What’s been happening in your gardens?

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Strong Spring Storms

Posted in Farmer's Almanac, Weather by Lzyjo on April 6, 2009

In the past week, here in Middle Tennessee, we’ve had a tornado warning, a tornado watch, flood warnings, and hail. The storm last night brought the most terrific lightning and thunder. Each rumble lasted about 10 seconds, becoming louder and louder, resonating like a chord of earth-shaking proportion. We have been lucky enough to escape the tornadoes and hail, where we are, but there are many others who haven’t been as lucky. ON a nearby rod there was a house that was nearly struck by a huge oak tree. It fell just next to the house, parallel to the wall, only taking off the gutter!

Last evening I was reading the weather bulletin for the latest Tornado Watch and Floor Warning. In the last paragraph the author exclusively stated that April and May are the peak tornado season in Middle Tennessee. This made me think and worry about all the wonderful Tennessee bloggers I’ve come to know. But we are lucky, although there are tornadic winds that swirl and like to lift things up, we don’t have it as bad as all those folks who live in the Midwest and the Great Plains.

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The weather we get here also travels straight up to the Northeast and New England, getting colder as it goes. Coming from an agricultural area, I can appreciate the risk of hail damaging entire crops. Especially at this time of year, entire crops of cherries, apricots, and peaches can be ruined by the hail.

The Farmer’s Almanac Weather Forecast is something I like to check periodically just for entertainment. According to the Farmer’s Almanac their weather predictions, formulated some two years before, are 80 to 85% accurate when compared to NOAA climatic data of actual weather conditions.

At least for the first three days of April they were dead on for the Southeast. Their prediction for April 1-3 said there would be severe thunderstorms, bringing a treat for tornadoes across the South Central and Southeastern States, from Texas to Georgia. The Farmer’s Almanac also predicted showers in the Southwest, rain and snow in the Northeast, and a slight clearing over the Great Lakes, North Central Sates, and Northwest.

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