Weird Weather

greyfurball Posts: 591 ✭✭✭✭
edited November 2020 in Other News

I went outside this morning about 7:30AM in sweat pants and a sweatshirt and couldn't take it anymore within 10 minutes. It was SO-o-o hot! The thermometer said 74 degrees. So I came back in and changed to shorts and a T-shirt.

By 12Noon I was back in to change back to the sweatpants and double layer of sweatshirts. It was 46 degrees lower than it was just 4 1/2 hours ago.

Now by 1PM it has dropped down into the 20's and the winds are blowing like crazy. Half the time the wind gusts feel like they want to take me along with them.

And this is early May. I should be able to start planting some Summer crops by now and here I am trying to protect the Spring crops from total failure.

So I guess that means we should be hitting around 0 degrees again tonight since the weatherman just mentioned the winds are first today and the cold front is behind them.

Oh the joys of being a gardener! And can't you just imagine what all those first time gardeners (because of this virus) are trying to figure out how in the world do I actually get a crop of anything to grow?


  • Linda Bittle
    Linda Bittle Posts: 1,500 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That's a crazy drop in temperature! I bet the barometer dropped, too. Always gives me a headache.

    I started to pack away the winter clothes, but decided to keep them out a while longer. I think a lot of people will be surprised how hard it can be to actually grow food!

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,356 admin

    @Mary Linda Bittle I think many will be very surprised, whether it is chickens, calves (they take a couple years), veggies, or fruits (you don't "plant in spring & get apple pie before winter" as one nursery person flippantly said on tv today). 🤦‍♀️

    Seeding and getting animals is the easy part.

  • SherryA
    SherryA Posts: 314 ✭✭✭

    Oh boy, I feel your pain! I was just saying today that we get just about a weekend between snow and hot, hot weather. It's hard to time those cool weather crops just right to grow during that weekend!

  • Melinda
    Melinda Posts: 123 ✭✭✭

    This weekend it was in the upper 80s. The rest of the week will be in the 60s, including a few nights down in the upper 30s. Mother Nature is either drunk or pissed.

  • Gail H
    Gail H Posts: 359 ✭✭✭✭

    We've had a wild ride, weather-wise in South Jersey. We basically had no winter and now it doesn't want to leave. Everyone lost their first cutting of asparagus because it froze in the field. The farmers say they have never experienced that before. Strawberries started this week and we may have snow flurries tonight!

  • VickiP
    VickiP Posts: 586 ✭✭✭✭

    Yep, we have tomatoes and peppers out, hoping that they survive our cold snap tonight. We should not get below freezing, but who knows? The lettuce and greens, peas and other early stuff should be fine.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,356 admin

    Interesting. We have very strong cold winds tonight, with rain & thunderstorms possible, but it will change to wet snow. We could have 4" by tomorrow morning, with higher winds to boot.

    Our grass is finally growing, the frost is out of the ground, the ticks were out, & the frogs were "creaking" as my oldest used to say. Haha

    The key here is "was."

    We will get lows well below 0°C/32°F (-8°C is what they say) through Monday night.

    I have call ducks hatching tiny eggs next week sometime...I hope. I want to put others under a large duck. Hopefully Tuesday...

  • EarlKelly
    EarlKelly Posts: 230 ✭✭✭

    Your right weird weather for sure. About an inch of snow on the ground and 24 degrees this morning with the wind howling. All my fruit trees were in blossom. Wonder if any will set fruit. Might make it up to 40 degrees today. Gotta love this nonsense when your trying to grow food. Guess we will see how this all pans out.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,502 admin

    On Tuesday it was raining all day and so cold in the house that I had to light a fire. Since then it has been upwards of 20C (68F) and sunny. Beautiful spring weather! Hope it warms up soon for all of you who are getting cold and snow!

    My fruit trees are behaving and haven't started to bloom yet, so hoping no more late spring frosts.

  • blevinandwomba
    blevinandwomba Posts: 813 ✭✭✭✭

    We're having snow flurries right now! Back in late winter the weatherman said they were expecting a warm spring; March was pretty pleasant, but April was chilly, and May so far has been very back-and-forth.

    There's a strawberry farm a few miles from us- not certified organic but basically no-spray - I'm praying they don't lose their crop.

  • Gail H
    Gail H Posts: 359 ✭✭✭✭

    I heard a hummingbird yesterday and last night was below freezing and very windy. Today there is a very cold wind blowing as well. I hope the little fellow made it.