At this time of the year, when the temperatures have begun to cool and the end is in sight, I become obsessed with the weather. Mother Nature stole June from us up here; I want it back. The peppers and tomatoes have begun to produce like crazy, but their true promise lies at least six weeks in the future.
The average first frost up here is September 22. That gives me, roughly, 3 1/2 weeks. If I could have June back, and I do contend I am owed it, I would have a terrific pepper and tomato year. It can happen. It has happened in the past.
This morning I checked [url=https://www.almanac.com/weather/longrange]The Old Farmer's Almanac[/url] to see what was in store for Casper, Wyoming. Laugh if you will, but I have seen some uncannily accurate long range forecasts on this website! According to this, I won't get my six weeks, which kind of ticks me off.
We had a hot July and August, but we're light years behind the rest of the nation in warm temperatures, according to a recent article on my AOL News Service, [url=https://www.aolnews.com/nation/article/this-summer-may-be-hottest-on-record-in-the-south/19602771]Ã¢â‚¬Å“This Summer May Be Hottest on Record in South."[/url]
Notice the disparities in temperatures between the two halves of the nation, this from a visual included in the above article:
It's hard to tell, given the tiny print, exactly where Casper lies. I enlarged the map in Paint, and we lie somewhere within the -1 to -5 average temperature range for the summer, this despite a very hot July and August, and all because of June, which one of our Canadian members, I can't remember which one, cleverly called "Juneuary."
I feel cheated. Nevertheless, I thought some of you might get a kick out of reading your long-range forecast and seeing where your summers ranked, temperature-wise, on the Mean Temp Anomaly chart. I don't mean to in any way discount the heat-related sufferings you Easterners and Southerners have undergone this summer. Really, 2010 been tough for all of us.
Nevertheless, I want June back.