Friday, August 9, 2013

is fall here already? (getting cool)

e: ... a few days ago i was out in the pasture feeding the dogie norman just before 7 ... when suddenly a fog rolled in from nowhere ... i couldn't see anything ...

... then yesterday, i was standing outside in the early morning coolness with a cup of coffee ... and i realized that it didn't feel like a summer morning ... it felt like a fall morning ...

... this morning's low was 49F ... first time down in the 40's since june ...

... the neighbor says the catepillars are out early ... he says that that could mean an early and long, wet winter ... yesterday it felt like it started this way ...

... looking at the ranch records for the past year ... average morning lows are:
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jan      0's
feb   10's
mar  10's
apr   20's
may  30's
jun    40's
jul     50's
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aug    40's
sep    30's
oct     30's
nov    20's
dec    0's

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(updated)

ranch precipitation record 2013
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mar         8             trace       rain
               9             trace       snow
apr       18             0.25"       snow
may        6              0.1         rain
            10              0.2          "
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jul         3              0.35         "
            4              0.2           "
            5              0.25         "
            7              0.2           "
          11              1.25         "
          12              0.5           "
          15              0.3           "
          16              0.1           "
          21              0.1           "
          24              0.2           "
          25              0.4           "
          26              0.1           "
          27              0.2           "
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          29            trace         "

aug      1             trace         "
           2              0.1          "
           3              0.25         "
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           5              0.4          "
           6              0.3          "
           9             trace         "
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e: ... i cannot believe that i have to start thinking about firewood already ...

... it seems like just yesterday that i was praying for an early spring ...

... also, my ranch precipitation record keeping must have begun in march, and is thus not completely accurate ... because there is snow mentioned on feb 24 in the groundhog post below that is not written on the calendar ... (or included in the records above).
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see also:

rooting for the groundhog (early spring)
http://adventuresofagreenhorn.blogspot.com/2013/02/rooting-for-groundhog-early-spring.html