Farm Life: Hard Winter Predicted

P1070757Our Fog in August tally is complete… I have just been too busy preparing for winter weather to write about it.  From our daily drive to work, or looking out over the valley from our deck on our days off, here is the report.  In August, we had 4 clear days, 1 rainy morning, 9 days with light fog (could see 1/2 mile across the valley, but hazy), 8 days of moderate fog (could see only the bottom or top of the mountains across the valley), and 9 days of dense fog (could not see across the valley).  If the old-timey tradition holds true, we should have at one storm for each day of fog in August.  If we take only the dense and moderate fog days, that gives us 9 to 17 storms.  From our records over 15 years, last year had the most storms, with 12.  Eleven storms in one winter was the most prior to that.  I’ll get back to you in April, with the winter’s storm tally.

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Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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6 Responses to Farm Life: Hard Winter Predicted

  1. Barneysday says:

    How about coming out here, and predicting our weather for the winter? If we don’t get a heavy dose of rains this winter, we are going to be in very deep trouble next year. I remember past years of severe rains and floods, when some hilltop homes became valley homes, new mobile homes you might say.

    I’m not saying we need that kind of rain, but it sure would help. Maybe the far-right christians and bible belt buckles could pray for that for us…

    • hermitsdoor says:

      We are coming to Napa for a wedding soon. I could take the earthquake as an omen about the whole event… but it was only 6.0 and old buildings. Shall I take some selfies while there… hey, that reminds me of the 80’s when we put those disposable cameras on all the tables at weddings…. selfie precursors!

  2. What an interesting experiment. Since they say the polar vortex is now a permanent feature of our winters due to climate change – it can’t be good!

    • hermitsdoor says:

      I thought the polar vortex was a phenomenon that the Weather Channel put a name to. I have the Haggerstown Almanack now. I need to count the number of predicted storms. Still too many tomatoes to harvest for now.

  3. I’m hoping it will be better than you fear. Or, that I fear. What a rough winter we had last time.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      I tallied up the predicted storms from the Haggerstown (Marlyand) Almanack. We have snow starting in November and continuing until April. 3 Nor-Easters, 2 “heavy” snow storms, and 13 light snows or Lake-Effect snows. That makes 18 storms…. just the number of moderate and dense fog days. Got to listen to the old-timey folks. 🙂

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