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Discussion in 'Maples' started by AlainK, Jul 28, 2020.
@Mani good evening Mani, I couldn't agree more.
We had a one day heatwave with the forecast for 24˚ which would have been our high so far this year.
We blasted past that to 31˚ at noon as they adjusted their hourly predictions though left the daily alone.
Back to normal tomorrow.
@wind-borne good morning G, I'm not sure the forecasters are getting anything right around the world these days. The fluctuations in temperature are rather strange here atm as well. It was actually quite chilly yesterday and not expected to get warmer for the rest of August. But perhaps an Indian Summer in September !!! ?
Finally some rain today. After 3 weeks of no precipitation.
However, this song is a good example of perseverance...
I love it.
@Nik, that's brilliant N.
And a cool picture from the UK from the Atlantic
Because I love the rain, my son made a CD for me quite a few years ago of songs that have a rain theme. Now I can see I'll have to update it with other music mentioned in this thread. I think my favourite will always be Bob Marley's 'I Can See Clearly Now'.
After the heat comes the storms, just announced that the UK will be battered by storm 'Kyle'.
Rather early for named storms in this country, but 2020 seems to be different in so many ways !!!!
Don't know if anyone has seen this, but more records for heat have been broken yesterday.
Hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth may have just been hit in California | Metro News
New 'Highest temperature on Earth' record is measured, 54.4C!
'Highest temperature on Earth' recorded in US
Edit: Acerholic was faster :)
As M @ROEUK mentioned last night the heavens opened. Well this morning it made it's way down here.
I don't know about anybody else, but in the UK the last two weeks of August these past several years have been the new start to Autumn!!!?? Almost as if the seasons have shifted, as April is now a very warm month in the South of England and I remember so much snow in April in years gone by. The colours on some of M ' s trees give proof of this shift, in West Yorkshire anyway.
Here the summer was not extremely hot, but this spring (especially April, but even May was colder than usual) was much cooler than last year. Last year I was almost ready to believe, that April is a month of the warm season. But it seems, that we will get at least 3 full months without any night frosts this year. Last year there was no single month without night frosts (that is pretty unusual, usually we have almost 120 days long frost free season each year).
Thanks to @Acerholic our weather has improved since August 15 (it got pretty cold already in the beginning of August, actually felt like September) and currently (and for a week ahead) our highs stay around +23C and our lows around +13C. That is pretty good for August, couple of degrees higher than long time average for the month. My melons are growing and ripening fast! Soon I'll get my first watermelon of current year (almost a month later than last year).
@Sulev, glad to hear your weather is better now Sulev. All the blowing did help a little then !!! Lol.
How are your maples btw, any photos to share on the Cheering ourselves up with maples thread ?? The Summer in Europe and the UK was exceptionally hot, so the maples have taken a hit this year. So there are a few frazzled leaves. Sounds like you had the perfect Summer for maples in Estonia ?
I'm flattered! Though you set the bar quite low... :) "Margot l'escargot" is a favorite children's book here, which our daughter loved, all the more so because her best friend at age 6 was named Margot and was quite slow to get on with things like eating her lunch, though not remotely slow otherwise. Anyway she earned the nickname from her friends.
The heat is over here and we're back at blessedly seasonable temperatures, around 22C. It was about 25 in Paris yesterday, and very humid so a bit uncomfortable. It rained there and then torrentially during the drive back, but here we got only a few mm once again. It remains very dry, hoping for some water tomorrow.
Edit: funny lots of responses didn't show up until I made my post, I must have gotten a stale copy...
I saw the Death Valley story, with the pic of the couple standing out in the sun. Having been there (and in fact broken down with the car there) I can report under the best of circumstances it's no joke...
Been doing a lot of reading as the weather here is rather wet atm and came across this article. It is from NASA about the poles flipping.
NASA investigates mysterious South Atlantic Anomaly
Apparently this is a natural cycle every 250,000 years that is long over due.
We as gardeners talk about the weather a lot and how we are seeing changes. Well if NASA are right, then perhaps we are witnessing more than just climate change !!!?
@emery, good afternoon Emery, it's heartbreaking to hear how little rain you have had this year. My wife and I watch your videos and are just so upset for your lovely trees.
Fingers crossed it arrives in plenty for you tomorrow.
Hi D, thanks for the empathy, much appreciated. It truly has been a miserable year.
Well the "weather in an hour" forecast a big storm this afternoon, but in the end we only got a spatter, under a mm. I kept checking as the storm approached and they downgraded the rain at our location... Still some trees are perking up from the rain a few days ago, others, just throwing in the towel for this year. Who knows? Rain will help, if it comes before October.
At least I'm not focused on perfect leaves for the mo'... :)
On the subject of switching of the poles, as an old physics guy I do know something about this and I don't think anyone at NASA is really suggesting it is imminent. Thank goodness, we have enough to worry about without that, which would wreak a whole new level of havoc; and what's more we wouldn't have any idea how to address the issue. A very high percentage of reputable science agrees that the climate change threat is real and imminent, so that's what we need to concentrate on IMHO.
In any case, climate ≠ weather. There is a relationship, but difficult to quantify except broadly. The weather this year may be related to climate, or not: with luck next year will be warm but rainy. :) The maples would like it, anyway!
The weather here today is what I call a typically English Summer, 'torrential' rain. It is forecast all day long. I can hear parents saying "what can we do with the children"!!!? But I suppose these days they have their computer games. I remember as a child staring out of the window in my parents house in the Summer hols ,wishing for the rain to stop so I could go outside and seek another adventure. This after reading several more chapters of my Enid Blyton book. Remember those series anybody? Perhaps you have to be a certain age !!!
Anyway the water tanks are all full, so all ready for anymore heat, if we do have any more this year.
Hoping this rain goes Emery's and Alain's way, as it is really needed.
I don't know if anybody in the UK on here has seen the forcast for Friday, but storm 'Kyle' will hit hard with very strong winds.
I know Luke @Luke’s Maples has all his in pots as does M @ROEBUK ( a few) M @Mani and R @dicky5ash, so do prepare. The possible gusts do not look too good !!!
Where did summer go??!!! It's the middle of August! Thanks for the heads up @Acerholic!
@Mani, you are welcome Mani, it's important we all look out for each other IMO.
Oh yes seen the forecast's and spent a good hour this afternoon in the pouring rain moving all the patio maples into crowded corners so they all protect each other from the strong winds , think this is the fourth time this year now that they have all been moved to safety, then double checked all the rest of the container maples are well pegged down for the predicted 70 mph winds for tomorrow so we will see what happens ? Rain today was just never ending , just wanting all the leaves to fall off now can't wait for the fall had enough of this weather now, such a horrible year in more ways than one!!
@ROEBUK, couldn't agree more M . It's just one thing after another !!!
Well here in Southern England we awoke to Summer again. The lull before the storm as they say. Apparently two named storms will collide tomorrow 'Ellen and Kyle'. But after that Summer again !!!???
The forecasts are now calling storm Ellen a 'weather bomb'. It is classified as such due to this:- Ellen's classification as a "weather bomb" by forecasters is because of "explosive cyclogenesis" which occurs when air pressure drops by more than 24 millibars in 24 hours.
Don't know about anyone else, but have you ever seen this in August ? October yes, but August !!!!!!