I can’t believe I just heard the guy on the news say that this next storm coming in could be another bomb cyclone – WHAT?
I am a farmer/gardener and as such am constantly watching the weather. The spring even more so as this is the start of our fooding season (yes I said fooding). If our spring setup starts off bad, it makes for a very hard growing season the rest of the year. Today (Tuesday 4/9/19) it is supposed to hit 80°(F) then it drops down by thirty degrees by tomorrow morning. The day just continues to get worse from there, and the winds are supposed to be wickedly dangerous again. (Hang on to your butts Nebraska!)
Then, in true Colorado style, everything will bounce back beautifully. I still remember the storms in Wisconsin (where I grew up). It would start to snow around October (usually about the time we wanted to go trick-or-treating on Halloween), and not give up until sometime in April.
I remember snow drifts so high we would walk up and touch the top of the barn (one-year sledding was a blast!). I remember building snow tunnels and forts in those drifts. The outer edge would get a great icy crust on it, but the inside was perfect for digging out. Those tunnels would usually last most of the winter.
According to friends and family that still live back there, the last few months were the strongest storms that they had seen in decades. I even recall them telling me that the last several years were drought years – WISCONSIN – DROUGHT??
(Rolling hills, green and lush all the norm.)
Wisconsin is supposed to be hot and humid. My hair is naturally curly and growing up I looked like Bozo the Clown most of the time. When we were very young, mom would cut our hair because it was too hard to manage (bowl cut of course – yuck!).
(like this but curly)
This 80-90 degrees on one day then 24-48 hours later a blizzard never happened in Wisconsin. Part of moving to and staying in Colorado is just because of the weather. I will NEVER forget my very first visit driving from Wisconsin with friends and a sister to Denver, then to the western slope. Things (business wise) went from bad to worse in Wisconsin, so I convince people to take a trip to Colorado. I had dreamed of seeing the Rocky Mountains and Alaska when I was younger, so I thought – why not? When we got to Denver people were roller skating down the sidewalk in shorts?! We just left three feet of snow and freaking sub-zero temps. That is still so clear in my mind, and I am pretty sure the main reason I stayed.
The changes in weather are great fun, but rotten for spring planting.
TO PLANT, OR NOT TO PLANT – THAT IS THE QUESTION?
Every year I try hard to get the potatoes and onions in somewhere by the end of March – didn’t happen. Then I work just as hard to get the corn in by mid-April – not looking good.
We have tons of flowers coming up, buds are getting big on the trees, and we will have flowers on them soon too – eeek! If we get the freeze they are expecting (The Weather Channel.com – I check it every day, couple times a day on my tech.), then all those flower buds could freeze – meaning no fruit – grr!
I have officially decided to wait on planting, starting or transplanting anything until at least next week Tuesday – April 16th – aptly my birthday. Wish me luck! I am even going to take some of my sister’s starters out to the ripped up greenhouse and see what I can do with them – mainly in the protection area. Without a cover on it, it will be every plant for itself. I will be using some of our 5-gallon buckets to protect them should we get a deep fluke freeze after next Tuesday. It could still happen into the early part of May here, but I am optimistic (oh silly me).
Hope you all have an easier planting schedule and a bit more reliable weather pattern than we do. Maybe when I am old, rich, and retired (instead of so darn beautiful – LOL), I will fully appreciate the fun changes here – who knows?
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