Weather - whether good or bad

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  1. Margot

    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    The Maples section of these Forums has an ongoing thread "What's the Weather Like?" which I'm reluctant to inveigle into with non-maple posts.

    So, for anyone who's interested, here is an opportunity to brag or complain or comment on the weather in your area and how it's affecting your garden and gardening practices. This is one of the most pressing issues in our world today - not just gardening.
     
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    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    It was the forecast attached that prompted me to start this thread about our weather experiences wherever we live. At first glance it seems to be a perfect forecast for anyone who loves sunny skies and warm temperatures - who does not? I have to admit, I too am excited about the opportunities ahead to go out in the garden and get things done!

    At the same time, I worry that we aren't getting nearly the amount of rain we usually do or that our forests and gardens need. It is shocking how dry the soil has become in what seems like a very short time. The wind is almost always blowing here too which exacerbates the problem.

    I wouldn't like this thread to become a 'misery loves company' exercise but, hopefully, an opportunity to share and compare and perhaps learn how to adapt to the realities of a changing world.
     

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    We keep hearing from members in the UK, France and Belgium that late frosts are a big concern this year, especially for those who grow Japanese maples, and the efforts people are going to to try and protect their trees.

    I was shocked just now to see Ian Young's weekly update about his garden in Scotland on the Scottish Rock Garden Club website.
    https://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2021Apr141618391629BULB_LOG_1521.pdf
     
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    After days and days of beautiful summer temperatures here on Vancouver Island, we are now faced with at least 8 days of rainy weather. No one should complain of course because we need every drop we can get. Still - the sunshine was wonderful while it lasted.
     

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    I think it's a very fortunate thing that this thread, Weather - whether good or bad, has not caught on the way "What's the Weather Like?" has on the Maple Forum. The weather in Britain, France and other European counties the past many months has been shocking and a reminder that those abberant patterns could just as likely happen here as there. I think anyone living on the west coast of Canada, if not all of NA, can count themselves lucky that our recent weather has been extremely benign by comparison.

    BUT - gardeners can not be too happy about the next 16 days or so with clouds every day and rain on 7 out of 14. Certainly great for our moisture-deprived environment of course . . .
     

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    I suspect it won't be too much longer before the forecasting models change such that they nudge toward warmer, drier weather overall. My feeling is that forecasts lately usually end up being pessimistic in retrospect, and that the day is "nicer" than what was predicted.
     
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    It is quite dry this year and the USA is facing some severe drought conditions. There looks like good snow pack in BC for our summer water, but I think several places south of here may have a difficult year of water use restrictions. This will affect us as that's where much of our food is grown.
    I was very concerned also about the potential for wildfire and severe smoke conditions like we had last year and a few years back. I love trees, but the thick smoke from forest fires is dangerous to me. I invested in a rom air purifier to make sure I will be able to breath if (when) it happens again.
    (weather forecast online just now shows low of 8 and high of 13 coming this Sunday. That's certainly not very warm for June.)
     
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    It's getting to the point when we have to think twice about how we refer to sunny weather with positive adjectives like 'nice' or 'beautiful' because of the price the environment and, indirectly, we pay for the lack of rain.
     
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    Looking at the 14-day forecast for my area just now, I'm not at all sorry to see rain predicted for about half the days ahead. If only it materializes. Weather forecasts here are very much of the carrot-and-stick sort . . . no sooner do you make plans for a sunny day, it's snatched away. And, expecting 'rain' to alleviate dry conditions is often wishful thinking.

    But - what a relief to see mild temperatures set to replace the last 2 consecutive 30+C days such as our gardens and we have experienced. I can't believe how fast, dry conditions have become. After an extremely beautiful spring, I think maintaining a happy, healthy garden is about to require much more effort!

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    Here's the updated forecast for Nanoose Bay, BC - for what it's worth. The weather is so changeable, the forecast is really only a guide.

    I do hope that near-normal daily and nightly temps will return as indicated . . . 10 whole days from now!!!

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    Firstly, thank you for the link to Ian Young's posting.

    I saw a weather network video of this day in 1948 where the Fraser Valley had massive flooding, to the point where boats were running on the roads! Incredible.

    But this year seems to have been running in reverse, we had those well over 30ºC temperatures (as noted by Daniel Mosquin) only to be followed by far cooler weather.

    Our local (North Shuswap) forecast is still anything but stable with highs between 18ºC and 28ºC (changed down from 30ºC) to lows as low as 0ºc, yes zero! And while we have had some heavy rain blasts, much of the predicted rain and/or thundershowers has not arrived.

    I have been watching the local creeks and a few days ago, they were mostly very muddy, which indicates high flow as the water tears away at the banks along with surface erosion from the heavier rains. The last two days the water has become almost clear and there is very little snowpack left on our local mountains on the North side of the lake. The south side mountains are devoid of any snow that we can see from here. I can only hope that this year does not bring us a repeat of the recent very dry summers that brought us so many devastating forest fires.
     

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