Farm Life: Spring is in the Air, and Winter 2020-21 Fog in August Wrap-Up

Spring, a time of renewal, beginnings, blooms, thawing out. In our part of the Appalachian Mountains, Spring arrived quickly, with 20F’s giving way to 70F’s in a few days. Now frost and sun dance, with days gaining in length. Time to review the 2020 Fog in August forecast with our actual observations.

To recap, last August, we had 7 days without fog, 9 days with light fog, 9 days with medium fog, 5 days with dense fog, and 1 day of rain. By the ole-timey tradition, that should equal 23 snow storms during the winter.

From October 20, 2020 to March 20, 2021, we had 13 days of rain, 12 day with snow flurries (< 1”), 2 light snows (1” – 4”), 1 moderate snow (4”- 8”), and 2 heaven snows (>8”). That makes for 17 snow storms. Add the rainy days, 30 storms with precipitation.

As we have seen over the past few years, we have had plenty of wet days over the winter, but more warm days than cold days. I’ll leave that for conjecture and debate around the fire pit between now and August 2021.

On the other hand, to be able to get out to start cleaning up the flower beds in March is a plus. Here you see bloodroot sunning itself along with a yard-art chicken and daffodils on the other side of this garden space (I let the actual chickens out to clean up the insects with are also enjoy a bit of warm weather).

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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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12 Responses to Farm Life: Spring is in the Air, and Winter 2020-21 Fog in August Wrap-Up

  1. Nice! Need I add that spring is nowhere near that advanced for us?

  2. Lavinia Ross says:

    We got close to 70 here yesterday, Oscar, but winter is slow to relinquish freezing mornings.

  3. cindy knoke says:

    Beautifully written and expressed.

  4. carolee says:

    That’s an interesting bit of lore I hadn’t heard before. Today in Indiana, it’s 23 degrees as the sun rises…but we do have daffodils…not happy daffodils, as they are lying prone covered with frost particles. Hopefully they will perk up and rise. If not, they’ll come into the house as a bouquet!

  5. Hi Oscar, I love the writing and the picture. I love daisies! Next time would love to see a picture of the actual chickens hard at work 😁
    Blessings to you! ❤❤

    • hermitsdoor says:

      I took some photos of the roosters the other day. I’ll have to think of something to write about them. As to the flowers, what may appear to be daisies are actually a wildflower, Bloodroot. Daisies will be out in late May or June. Living close to nature, we have become more aware of the subtle changes of the seasons, such as the succession of plants emerging in Spring and sequence of blooms. Snowdrops, crocuses, bloodroot and daffodils are the first songs of Spring. The bare ground of Winter suddenly gives way to all sorts of life. Unfortunately, many of these blooms last only a few days, so they do not show up in the DYI garden centers where people looks for all-season color. Wildflowers are like emotions, they are much sweeter to enjoy when you know they may not be there tomorrow (there’s a line for your next date! I’d put an emoji here, but I’m not sure where they are on my new iPadPro… technology)

  6. I am a fan of those widflowers! I love the line: “Wildflowers are like emotions, they are much sweeter to enjoy when you know they may not be there tomorrow”. That is so true of pretty much everything in life. Perhaps is an idea to live by: Nothing is permanent, all is temporary.
    Blessings! ♥♥

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