OMG, OMG! The ten day forecast STILL has no days with high temps below 90, until the last day of the forecast, when it suddenly goes from 94 on 10/3 to 84 on 10/4. And STILL NO RAIN in the ten day forecast, not one trace of it.
Forecast: Sunday 9/29 95, Mon, Tues, Wed 96. Tues is Oct 1st. The record high for the date is 90 degrees. So if forecast is accurate, we will be SIX degrees over the record high. (normal for Oct 1 here is 78 degrees, so we will be nearly 20 degrees above normal ) All those other days will be records also....
Earlier I had pulled a lot of stuff that wasn't doing well -- tomatoes, beans, etc. But I kept the stuff that was handling it. Yesterday I was out dismantling the garden, pulled everything that was left-- squash, peppers, okra, basil. All that stuff was wilted, but would have perked up again if I had watered. But I can't keep pouring water on them. I have a bunch of young to young-ish trees, shrubs, perennials that I have to water. As it is, even with watering I'm not sure the strawberries will make it. They were so beautiful and flourishing this spring. Now I have a bare, empty garden.
I have never
had to do that before.
And of course, I can't plant seeds for fall crops until this weather breaks and the rains come back. Normally I would plant fall seeds the end of August. It will be October and I still can't plant. That means not only did we not get much summer crop (this weather set in in July), we won't have a fall crop either. I can and will plant some things to over winter, but we won't be eating them for fall. So much for being able to feed ourselves from our garden!
This is NOT NORMAL ! And it isn't just me. Look for food prices to go up. Many places in the Midwest had historic levels of rain and flooding for months:
https://farmpolicynews.illinois.edu/201 ... -for-corn/
USA Today writer Doyle Rice reported on Wednesday that, “Flooding in at least 8 states along portions of the Mississippi River – due to relentless, record-breaking spring rainfall – is the longest-lasting since the ‘Great Flood’ of 1927, the National Weather Service said. The Mississippi River at the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois saw its longest stretch above major flood stage ever recorded, even surpassing that of 1927.All of this year’s flooding is due to both early spring snowmelt and seemingly endless rain: Since the start of 2019, much of the lower Ohio and lower Mississippi River Valleys have picked up more than 2 feet of rain. A few spots have even received over 40 inches of rain, the Weather Channel said.
See also: https://www.eater.com/2019/5/29/1864459 ... ate-change
So corn and soybean planting was very delayed and in some places never could happen. And when the floods recede, they take a lot of the topsoil with them. Here's an article about what the flooding does to food prices: https://www.stlouisfed.org/on-the-econo ... epeat-1993
Midwest had torrential rains and flooding. Southwest and some Great Plains, including Colorado, Arizona, Nebraska and others were in record breaking heat and drought:
Gary Krapu, a federal research biologist at the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center on Wednesday, June 25, 1988 in Jamestown, North Dakota, examines an expanse of dried marshland following record-breaking heat, a drastic drop in rainfall and a dry winter
Here's what we typically grow in TN: Following the soybean crop, cotton, corn for grain, and tobacco are Tennessee's most important field crops. Wheat, hay, and sorghum grain also contribute. Fruits and vegetables play a lesser role with tomatoes and snap beans ranking as the most important vegetables and apples and peaches ranking as the leading fruits.
Chattanooga historically got over 4 inches of rain a month pretty much year around. We have had barely any rain since early July.