Just hot and dry here, very very dry and also very still, no breezes at all. Another ugly, dusty depressing fall. I miss the color that we used to have in fall, all the red and yellow and orange and purple that covered all the hillsides. Now mostly just various shades of brown and faded green. I'v noticed over past several years, couple decades really that if a tree's leaves turn brown and drop off instead of going though a colorful period it probably will still be alive the next spring. If they drop off as greenish grey crisps, there's a good chance it's dead.
People under thirty or so don't miss what it used to look like cause it isn't even in their memory, that's understandable but few older folks seem to notice either, or care. What the fuck's wrong with them?
Yep we went from ten to twenty below average to ten to twenty above average but the rains keep coming. Do not want to work in a muddy garden and the mosquitoes are now aware that the summer skeeter spraying is over. They are saying fall colours will be late this year but with temps going up and down plus rain time will tell.
They are saying fall colours will be late this year but with temps going up and down plus rain time will tell.
That is major peeve for me. Local tourism officials, TV weather talkers, reporting and advertising "fall colors" dumb asses, I wish they would just shut the hell up.
Our terrain is hilly, valleys and ridge tops are mostly cleared but thousands and thousands of acres of hillsides used to blaze with color. Fifty years ago I would sit on the porch and just gaze at it, walking in the woods even the ground was covered with it. Now at best, it's 25% of what it was. It hasn't rained here in over a month, hovering between 90 and 100 everyday. A 3rd or more trees, those that are still alive have already defoliated, there isn't going to be any fall fucking color, other than brown and gray.
There is a post on this site from Alan, back when he first started it I think around 2008 where he guessed the Ohio valley had about ten years. It isn't completely dead yet but closer to it every year. So lets all jump in our cars and tour the back roads and the see the color. Maybe stop in at some hole in the wall "fall festival" and pig out on some greasy slop. Nothing says fall like an industrial deep fryer smoking away in the 90 degree heat. I know, lets go to the car show and be awed by the vintage corvets. Well at least they would be colorful I suppose, maybe that's what they're talking about.
The next two days are predicted to be a heat wave, the breeze coming from the Central Valley, where it's triple digits now, instead of off the Pacific, which is normal; the only time it's hotter in SF than the East Bay is when this happens. There are always heat-related deaths from this in SF.
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Post by mskrieger on Sept 25, 2019 17:27:54 GMT -5
Wow, reed, sorry to hear of the loss of your autumn. That's what's predicted for your part of North America as "the future" of climate change. The future is apparently here.
We are lucky in New England, the climate is really stable. Went camping in the Catskill in NYS last weekend and the colors are shaping up to be glorious. It's been dry here, but nothing like what you describe.
Growing in a coastal zone 7a in the Northern Hemisphere. Hot humid summers and cold snowy winters. Plenty of rain. Sandy loam topsoil over clay subsoil, whatever the glacier left behind when it made Long Island.
Still hot still dry here but at least it's cooling off at night now. Could change anytime I'm sure. I'm behind on getting ready for winter, got plenty of firewood but it isn't moved and stacked under the porch yet. The woman still has lots of flower pots and stuff in the way. Need to clean the chimney too. Haven't even taken down the outdoor curtains yet.
The house is such that it gets a good amount of heating from the sun and used to be the overhangs blocked it appropriately but now that it often stays hot as the sun gets lower in the sky it cooks in here. The outdoor curtains keep it out completely instead of trapping heat inside between the glass and a blind. Coolaroo shade cloth is great stuff, kinda pricey if you get something made of it but I bought a big roll and made my own. It's just a mesh made of recycled plastic, won't rot, won't stain, won't fall apart in the sun.
Long range shows us falling from mid 90s for highs early this coming week to mid or low 70s by end of week, that will feel nice. Even some possibility of a little rain in next ten days or so.
Nothing ruins a neighborhood like paved roads and water lines.