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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby Puddleglum » Jul 31, 2018 6:52 pm

Winter is never far off in this Northern country. Perhaps it is the only thing keeping some of us sane when water flows down the back by measurable amounts as we mow the lawn.
If my calendar is not lying, we have but two months before the white stuff can be falling. Was it not just so short a time, and we were wondering when we would feel the warmth of a sunny summer? Strange the fickle mind when we consider the seasons.
A brief respit from the humidity is in the forcaste, but alase, it comes back with a vengence this weekend with temps in the upper 90'sF predicted for Saturday, with storms blooming.
Ah well. Perhaps a good downpour will permit me to shower, and do my laundry all at once. Just a bit of shampoo on the noggin, and scrub as it works down. The rain just has to last long enough for a good rinse.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby Puddleglum » Aug 05, 2018 6:14 pm

Back from the latest camping trip, and wet does not even come close to covering what happened. Friday night was a down pour. Depending on what news station it was from 3 1/2, to 4 1/4 inches that fell in a couple hours. I had already set up my tent, and was standing in it calling the Mrs. to let her know I was safe even as lightning was flashing overhead, with rain falling outside. I had just finished when I realized I was standing in water :-o
Not a good thing.
Needless to say, I had to move, EVERYTHING!
Some time later, this very tired marsh-wiggle slumped into a cot in a very exhausted sleep.
Saturday was very little sun, and wind, so unfortunatly we did not see much for drying. Today. While cooler, only 64F, had the high humidity was felt by all as we packed up to head home.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby Kalta79 » Aug 05, 2018 8:18 pm

We've been enjoying slightly cooler weather with less smoke in the air, but it's about to get hotter again, and the smoke is moving back in as well. Summer will be over soon at least...I prefer fall weather.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby stargazer » Aug 08, 2018 9:23 pm

I also prefer fall, Kalta.

That smoke is affecting air quality over much of the US and southern Canada. The sky here hasn't been that crystal clear blue color for a while. That's partly due to summer humidity but the smoke is also a factor.

The night sky is also affected, with fewer stars visible than usual even here in the suburbs. I was outside a few moments ago and it's so humid it almost takes your breath away. ;))

The next week will be very summer-like, with temperatures higher than normal and the occasional chance for a pop-up thunderstorm.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby aileth » Aug 09, 2018 8:31 am

'gazer wrote:The next week will be very summer-like, with temperatures higher than normal and the occasional chance for a pop-up thunderstorm.


Which is kind of funny--we are supposed to have cooler temperatures, with the chance of thunderstorms. And no rain. More fires, hurray!
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby Puddleglum » Aug 11, 2018 6:15 pm

I can attest to the night sky being covered stargazer. I tried to see some of the meteor shower last night, but I could not even see any of the planets it was so hazy.
It's still humid enough to wear here. The Mrs., and I were getting some garden work done this morning to try finish before it got too bad. Even so we were sweating enough to soak our cloths before it was even 10am.
One plus. This weather seems to have put the local Monarch Butterfly activity into high gear. There have been up to four in our little plot of Cone flowers.
I was able to get three to co operate, and pose for a group picture ( took three tries, who would have thought them as camera shy? ) Sadly all attempts to post this shot have failed.
It is supposed to "cool off " by a few degrees next week, with hopefully some of those pop-up showers you mentioned.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby waggawerewolf27 » Aug 12, 2018 3:57 pm

aileth wrote:
'gazer wrote:The next week will be very summer-like, with temperatures higher than normal and the occasional chance for a pop-up thunderstorm.


Which is kind of funny--we are supposed to have cooler temperatures, with the chance of thunderstorms. And no rain. More fires, hurray!


It will be spring in two week's time, or else it is spring now. I'm not sure which. We have had the driest winter on record with absolutely no rain. I have to go back on this thread to see when it last rained. A week or so ago there was some derisory shower or the other west of the Blue Mountains, but it only lasted a day. It has been icy cold of a morning at dawn, with temperatures of 3 degrees C the average minimum, and lower elsewhere, such as down to -8C further south from here. However, the maximum midday temperatures go up to 21C or more. Yesterday, on the Central Tablelands, south of the Blue Mountains, it actually snowed which was startling.

We've sent our firemen over to Canada and USA to help with fires over your way. Meanwhile, the only reason why we aren't getting fires here is probably because the drought is making it much harder for vegetation to grow. The wildlife is suffering too.

Edit: Spoke too soon. We are still having bushfires, fortunately some are under control.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby Puddleglum » Aug 19, 2018 4:04 pm

Another warm humid day today. But I see radar is raising our hopes again. Earlier we saw a front literally evaporate as it crossed the state border. But this one looks like it might actually provide some much needed rain. Even if it just clears some of this smog from the air. We have already had air quality warnings for the past week.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby stargazer » Aug 19, 2018 8:29 pm

That smoke remains strong over our area. Friday morning dawned partly cloudy, but by noon it was a steel-gray low overcast almost reminiscent of an approaching winter storm - and it was not due to clouds. The satellite pictures showing the smoke swirling toward the south from Canada were pretty impressive.

It might rain tonight; it is getting a little dry by local standards.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby Kalta79 » Aug 20, 2018 8:18 am

Smoke still strong here too, another wildfire started around an hour away last week. At least the worst of the smoke seems to have gone, it's been making me constantly feel ill(mild headache/nausea). We had constant smoke last year too, but not this strong. When it gets bad here, I can't run even 10feet without my lungs hurting. I'm glad the weather is cooling down just a few degrees, because every bit helps. Seriously praying for the fires to stay away...we're disabled and can't evacuate without help, plus two of our neighbors are out of town(one for just a week, the other until October sometime), and I'm taking care of their animals/plants for them. The one neighbor with two cats, they're semi-feral and don't trust me yet, they know I've been feeding them, but they don't like me closer than 3ft from them.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby aileth » Aug 20, 2018 9:11 am

It has been smoky, hasn't it, Kalta? I'm afraid that we're not helping up here--we're making more than we're keeping. Couldn't even tell we had mountains yesterday morning; it lifted a bit by evening so that we could watch the show as the fire crept down the mountain. Much better to see it coming, than to know it's there, and not be able to see it. Today marks twenty days since we've been on evac. alert. Twice this year--first flooding, now fire. However, so far, so good.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby stargazer » Aug 20, 2018 12:40 pm

Though I've seen it on news coverage, I cannot really imagine how bad the smoke is out there. We are 400 miles/650 km from the nearest fires (those near Winnipeg) and still the skies are gray during the day and stars obscured at night. Some have even reported being able to smell smoke.

This article includes a map of smoke-affected areas across Canada and the northern US.

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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby waggawerewolf27 » Aug 24, 2018 3:54 pm

aileth wrote:It has been smoky, hasn't it, Kalta? I'm afraid that we're not helping up here--we're making more than we're keeping. Couldn't even tell we had mountains yesterday morning; it lifted a bit by evening so that we could watch the show as the fire crept down the mountain. Much better to see it coming, than to know it's there, and not be able to see it. Today marks twenty days since we've been on evac. alert. Twice this year--first flooding, now fire. However, so far, so good.


It would be better if there were no fires at all. How did they come to be? There are severe penalties for deliberately starting fires which some people do, and carelessness with lit cigarettes, for instance, is frowned upon in such weather as you have been having also.

We've had a bit of rain yesterday (24th August) but though we are promised more this weekend, it isn't going to break the drought. The weather man says it was the first rain in seven weeks even in Sydney. These days it seems it is not only Australia that is a land "of droughts and flooding rains". Poor Hawaii!
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby stargazer » Aug 24, 2018 5:43 pm

I believe a person has been arrested and charged with arson regarding one of the large California fires.

Some are caused by people, but the weather itself is a contributor too. Some parts of the US West can have dry thunderstorms - all the lightning of a storm without the rain - which easily can trigger fires given the dry vegetation in the desert areas.

[I just noticed the picture in that wiki article I linked comes from Wagga Wagga, Australia].

Here in the Upper Midwest, we had a beautiful day for the start of the Minnesota State Fair yesterday, with much needed rain coming overnight (including some window-rattling thunder that interrupted sleep).
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby aileth » Aug 25, 2018 11:41 am

waggawerewolf27 wrote:It would be better if there were no fires at all. How did they come to be? There are severe penalties for deliberately starting fires which some people do, and carelessness with lit cigarettes, for instance, is frowned upon in such weather as you have been having also.


Absolutely! Campfire bans are very strict right now, too. Our fire, though, was from lightning, starting July 17. Because it has been a high altitude fire, and burning through inaccessible terrain, they have mainly just let it burn. On several occasions it has burnt down the mountain (making for some really spectacular fire shows) and then Forestry has lit back fires down in the valley. We are well protected by the river and broad irrigated fields, so no houses have been lost to date. Another thunderstorm went through a while back (August 9th, maybe?) and set a few more little ones.

The smoke has cooled our temperatures significantly, making for pleasant fall-feeling weather. That said, we would really, really like some rain now.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby Kalta79 » Aug 26, 2018 3:59 pm

Getting cooler here, and today the smoke is almost gone, such a relief. Fall weather is just about here and that means it's time to start the annual winter prep rush. B-)
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