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If we weren't so likely to end up in a deficit for moisture this year, I'd try to make a deal with you to carry off some of what we've got. Snow-packed driveways, streets and sidewalks. If any ground/asphalt/concrete shows up, it's covered with ice at least 75% of the day. You know, it's a little amazing when you report such warm conditions north of this border, Pow Wow.

Right now, we must be coming out of an air stagnation advisory. Air quality is right in the middle of Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. The Weather Service says that we have to get into Monday before there's another chance of a snow storm but this thick air seems to be moving off, right now! The dull sameness, that seemed endless, may actually end. Hours and hours of freezing fog ... couple days ago it was 30°f at dawn and 33° for a high ...

Strange to be hoping for more snow - berms are still above my 3' fence along the driveway where they've been for weeks. Nothing "alpine" with the feel of things around here. It's been more like living under the lid of my Kenmore freezer!

I went out to try to remove some of the ice from the parking area in front of the house. It didn't move too well but will serve for an activity instead of my nearly meaningless indoor exercise program during this time of the year and proper advantage being taken for this 32°f afternoon. Koff!

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Hi Steve,
Southern Alberta along the Rockies is wacky temp. territory. Several years ago we were 68F on Christmas day but by the evening of the 26th we were at 5F. This Christmas I was shoveling snow every day through the holidays.
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Yes.

Montana has that wacky temperature scenario, Pow Wow.

I think there might be some record that I once read about for one of the weather stations there during a Chinook ... Yeah, here is what Wikipedia has to say: "The greatest recorded temperature change in 24 hours was caused by Chinook winds on January 15, 1972, in Loma, Montana; the temperature rose from -48 to 9 °C (-54 to 49 °F)." Loma is more out in central MT and not quite in the mountain valleys, nearby. But, how about that!?

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Well that's the wackiest, I must admit!!

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When sun is shining and it's raining at the same time, it's called "sun shower" right? Well, we are currently experiencing sun Flurry :D
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Sun flurry sounds fun!

Where I'm from, what you call a sun shower we call "devil's rain". I think it's more fun to call it that!
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It was 68°F around noon on Wed -- saw snowdrops had bloomed in our front doorstep garden (DH even saw a crocus blooming in the front island bed) -- this morning's 6am feels like forecast is 8°F..... :roll:
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Yesterday morning -22 with a windchill of -50. This morning 35 above zero. Crazy weather, just makes the roads warm so the snow sticks when it blows across and makes ice. We are suppose to have 30's all this week now. So I thought I best take a couple pictures of my garden. We have had some other days with melting, so the snow has settled some. The fence posts are my garden fence. The little red building is my garden shed. So I got a little wait, but it's not going to stop me from starting seeds on Sunday.
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Its is 60 right now. No snow in sight.
Wow! the pictures are amazing but I am cold enough right now.
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Seed starting?!

What are the gardeners doing in Devils Lake North Dakota, Sweetiepie?

You know, it's "devil take the hindmost" and I better not allow them get ahead of me!

;) Steve
where it was officially not freezing this morning, so where did all the ice between the snow berms come from?
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I still think most gardeners in Devils Lake are ice fishing. So no worries.

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The weather has been glorious here; sunny days and cool nights. Looking at the pictures from up north, I am so glad I'm not there anymore (until summer gets here, then I'll wish I was there.)
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We are finished with the snowfall and low temperatures for now. The snow was starting to melt yesterday and we will hit right around +68F in a few days.

Canada Geese trying to stay warm in the Bow River, the trail I made through to where I feed birds at the fish hatchery, and the backside of the Calgary Stampede grounds along the Elbow River and the rodeo grandstand.
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If you keep posting these beautiful Alberta pics, I may be forced to make another trip up that way this summer!

So, the Canada geese don't fly south for the winter, or are they south of where they would be in summer? Maybe they came down from the Northwest Territories?

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Its 67 degrees right now. I was up at 2:30 last night to the sound and sight of multiple lightening flashes and thunderbursts. My cat was running around trying to find a place to hide. It poured for about an hour and the road was flooded for a little bit. Good thing I live uphill so the water keeps going downhill.

We had our first sale of the year and my phone went off when it started pouring again and flashed the flood warning. It was a little late as the road was already disappearing under the rain water and the sump pump was also inundated. We did have a crowd of diehard people who came out anyway to brave the weather. I didn't sell much but I still ran out of the usuals. Cucumber and cilantro and I did manage to sell almost a tray to kale. We decided to leave everything until Monday to put it back since the rain wasn't letting up much.

On the drive home I had to fight my way through the puddles on the freeway.

It has been raining off and on and the sky is totally socked in, but it looks like most of the heavy rain has passed. Funny thing though, I was cold because I was wet, but during the storm there wasn't much wind and the rain was relatively warm. The wind is only starting to pick up again now.

It was still a good day. Since the crowd was small, I had time to walk around and I talked to the bonsai guys and found out I can get akadama and wire from him cheaper than amazon and he told me where I could get some turface locally. Now I just have to find the rest of my bonsai stuff. It is packed somewhere on the lanai.

I talked to someone else who is giving an organic pest control class next month and we talked about what is available for pest control and where some things could be found. He was looking for tanglefoot. I saw it at Ace and at Koolau Farmer's a while ago, but not recently. I know who doesn't have it so it eliminated some other vendors. I also got a lead on where to get some large pots. I just don't want to buy a sleeve so I may have to think about that one. I picked up some pepper seeds. Not bad for a rainy day.
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Taiji wrote:If you keep posting these beautiful Alberta pics, I may be forced to make another trip up that way this summer!

So, the Canada geese don't fly south for the winter, or are they south of where they would be in summer? Maybe they came down from the Northwest Territories?
I think most do fly further south but there are a few spots where the water doesn't freeze over around here. I just learned of a spot nearby where the Robins overwinter instead of heading south. I plant to walk over soon and have a look. It happens to be a little stream through the cemetery where my parents are buried.

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It's been in the upper 60's to lower 70's for a while now during the day and lows of upper 40's to 60's at night. With Mardi Gras just starting, this is great weather for all the parade goers and a treat for the out of town visitors coming in from more northern areas of the States. They are predicting rain for mid week, but that can change in a heartbeat being so close to the Gulf of Mexico and shifting weather patterns.

Mardi Gras Day, or Fat Tuesday, is on Feb. 28th this year and will once again signal the end of the Mardi Gras season with the following day being Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, where many folks give up something they really like until Easter Sunday. We have an old saying here------"Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder." So whatever you give up should be something you really enjoy.

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I remember that the reason given for all the partying on Fat Tuesday was that people needed an excuse to use up all the lard, fat, and other stuff they were giving up for 6 weeks. Someone at work used to live there and she would make a King cake for us.
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imafan26 wrote:I remember that the reason given for all the partying on Fat Tuesday was that people needed an excuse to use up all the lard, fat, and other stuff they were giving up for 6 weeks. Someone at work used to live there and she would make a King cake for us.

Bakeries here make a small fortune selling King Cakes leading up to Mardi Gras. Truth is, you can order them yearlong, but they soar in popularity during the Mardi Gras season, and a well made one is a real treat. Bakeries that are know for their King Cakes are usually so busy that long lines form before they open and they stay that way all day long.

If you ask any New Orleanian who makes the best one, you will get a half dozen or more answers to that question depending on the style of cake they like. My personal favorite is one from one of the several Randazzo's Bakery outlets, but Haydell's and Lawrence's also make a good one.

They have been making them with different "fillings" for many years now, but my favorite is the traditional one that is unfilled.

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Brrrr....you are all making me so cold even thinking about some of those temps. Here in Louisiana we've been having an unusually warm winter. It's been in the upper 70's to mid 80's for awhile now. To today is only expected to be a high of 68 though
The azaleas have been blooming like mad which makes me sad since Easter is still far away and I won't get those Easter pics in front of them with the kids. The tulip trees are almost all done blooming around town and in my neighborhood. (I think they're actually called oriental magnolias)
My knock out roses are blooming and my other rose bushes all have buds. The hydrangeas are starting to get more and more leafy.
It's all so bizzare to see this in February!

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Hbrocato wrote:Brrrr....you are all making me so cold even thinking about some of those temps. Here in Louisiana we've been having an unusually warm winter. It's been in the upper 70's to mid 80's for awhile now. To today is only expected to be a high of 68 though
The azaleas have been blooming like mad which makes me sad since Easter is still far away and I won't get those Easter pics in front of them with the kids. The tulip trees are almost all done blooming around town and in my neighborhood. (I think they're actually called oriental magnolias)
My knock out roses are blooming and my other rose bushes all have buds. The hydrangeas are starting to get more and more leafy.
It's all so bizzare to see this in February!
My biggest issue with this type warm winter season is the proliferation of garden pests when it really gets warmed up. I've noticed a big increase in garden pests when we have these type weather conditions with very little cold weather this time of year.

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I really haven't seen the garden pests yet but the mosquitoes are eating me alive!

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It is 74 degrees and very windy. My pots are rolling around in the yard and my kaffir lime keeps getting blown down.
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It was 75 degrees today and sunny. Normal for the date would be 56 degrees. We had terrible drought most of last year and we got so far behind in rainfall that we never really caught up. Since Nov. we've been getting some rain fairly regularly, but never a lot. So we still count as being in extreme drought and have pretty much the whole time since last May:

https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

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See that little red band across north georgia? That is me and that red dot has just been sitting over me for months and months.

Also all the flowering trees are blooming. Spring leaf out is nearly a month early! Below is a spring leaf anomaly map, showing how far ahead of normal the whole south east is at leafing out.

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Much of the country is in a heat wave. We don't take it so seriously in Feb, because 75 degrees feels pretty nice. But that is 21 degrees above normal for me. If it were July and 22 degrees above normal we would be at 111 degrees!

February is likely to be another one in a long string of hottest months on record.
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It is 66 degrees now, but it feels colder. It is mostly clear and the winds are only about 5 mph. The palms are barely moving. It has been raining in spurts sometimes heavy and unexpected, but is still below average for the year. THe prediction is for another warmer than usual summer and possibly el Nino conditions. Which would mean a wetter summer and a drier winter.

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What is this ridiculous day!? How can it possibly be 74°F :shock:
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There is an answer to that ....
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Note the sudden jump between 2014 and the last two years. Anyone who knows how to extrapolate can hypothesize that 2017 will also be a VERY HOT year! ..

The southern hemisphere is already experiencing it: They had the hottest January ever with successive heat waves and now

Sydney Airport recorded its hottest February day with 42.9C (= 109 deg F) at 2:24pm, exceeding the previous high of 42.6C set in 1980. Observatory Hill in Sydney set a new record for the number of consecutive days above 35C (=95 deg F); several parts of Sydney exceeded 40C, while Penrith recorded 44.5C (=112 deg F) With all this they have had drought and huge wildfires. Note that Australia also had severe (out of the normal range) heat waves in 2015 and 2016, but not as bad as right now.

If this is February, I hate to think about August!
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I love the heat, bring it on :mrgreen:

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Tornado warning, rain and 100 mph wind this morning about 8am then sunny and 70 degrees after lunch. Tonight sky is clear stars show is amazing. The little stream behind the house has 20 feet of water from the storm it looks like the Colorado river.

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Yesterday was nice and sunny. Today it has been raining most of the day with gusty winds. It is 68 degrees right now and it is still windy. I had to close some windows and the door.
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Its a new day. It is 68 degrees and cloudy with some scattered showers. Look out west coast. It looks like the storm is heading your way.
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I think the storm broke up fairly well. Most of the precipitation fell on the 4th but not a lot then and 40°f temperatures melted the snow.

It's snowing again hard right now!

I was just thinking that yesterday, I'd reached the milestone where I didn't have to walk in the same 2' path thru the backyard every single time! The melting snow against the south wall and under the deciduous trees had opened up a wider passage for me to tread ... (of course, I could have shoveled an 8' wide path instead of a 2' path beginning in November.)

It's 4:30pm, 34°f, and dark, despite the falling white stuff. Okaaay, I really don't think I'll be shoveling a 2' wide path again from this storm. It looks like if the maximum forecast falls over the next 36 hours, it will be like 1½" but ... still!

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We had a two day blizzard and took all of yesterday to get out. The snow on my garden is the most I have every seen and lows of -18 again tonight. I really have spring fever, was so hoping for nicer weather. At least with the winds of 60mph we kept power especially with the rain we had first.

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Had the 2nd warmest February on record. For the next week at least temps are forecast to be mid to upper 70's. So, today I planted 20 some seed potatoes, (red norland) and set out 2 cabbage and one broccoli. I do expect that it will frost again though.

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In Feb, 15 days of the month were 10 to 20+ degrees above average, some at record or near record highs. But here in March we are having some of the winteriest days of the year. Parts of Chattanooga are getting a little snow today, though not where I am in No. GA. Today we are having a high of 43 degrees, which is actually 18 degrees below average for the date. It is the kind of day that was typical in Cincinnati late winter- early spring: chilly, very damp, gray skies, cold that bites in and feels worse than the numbers sound. Intellicast says 43 right now, feels like 37.

We've had a couple of freezes lately. It's predicted to go down to 32 tonight. According to forecast we may actually get some snow accumulation tonight, so everyone is in panic mode, buying out the stores. After that we are predicted for 27, 24 !, 33 on the 14th, 15th, and 16th. 24 degrees is about as cold as it EVER gets around here.

We hardly had anything that felt like winter all winter, but we are getting a little bit of it here in March while it is almost spring. But after the 16th we have a big warm up and that's about at our average last frost date, so I am predicting we will be done with our brief, late winter.
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Ummm

There is a little contrast between those "snowy" pictures ...

:) First afternoon here with temperatures above 50°f since 26 November. There is some flooding but I think that we are mostly okay.

About 2/3rds of my yard is bare of snow. There is a new storm a-coming but it looks like rain. Travel over the mountain passes looks okay but it's been difficult for the transportation departments to keep them open and several recent closures.

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What's the weather like? :x We still have a heavy rainy day here with lightning strikes and wind blows. :? Can't go somewhere! :roll: Such a bad a day. Hmmp! :|

Hopefully, tomorrow will fine. :)

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It's 21°F here right now and will get colder. Today's forecasted high will be 27°F late in the afternoon.

We didn't get the predicted snow accumulation yesterday, being in the transition zone just around freezing point. Freezing rain/mix then snow -- my street looked slick and frozen solid around lunch time, though it had warmed enough by late afternoon for them to plow up all the slush to the side of the street.

My mom said her earliest ornamental cherries had flower buds that were turning pink -- probably got covered by the slushy frozen rain that turned to snow yesterday -- she had power outages in the area -- then this overnight hard freeze..... :(
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