Thursday, April 28, 2016
The wind has died down, and with the morning temperature hovering at 27F, there is a thin film of ice on the south side of Caesar Pond. I am officially in the mood for temps. in the mid-60's, but that is at least 10 days away...And, we've got another couple of mornings, coming up, in the 20's as well.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
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|A group of gregarious grackles chowed down on bird seed today.|
The grackles were cantankerous as usual. I love the splayed out tail of this bird. It is so pretty.
|This grackle was searching for seeds that fell into the snow.|
|White-throated sparrow, adult white striped individual.|
|White-throated sparrow, adult tan-striped individual.|
|Who'd a thunk that we'd need a snow plow this late in the season!|
|Panorama of the front deck.|
|This was a heavy, wet springtime snow.|
Monday, April 25, 2016
Who'd a thunk! There have been Ruby-throated hummingbirds seen in Maine already! Hummingbirds.net is the place to go to see reported sitings all over the USA. Cool. Here is a small snapshot of Maine where the first hummer was seen as early as April 13th. Drew is going to put out the hummingbird feeder tomorrow just in case an hummers make their way up to our house;-)
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Never fear, even though spring is here, we may not have seen the last of the snow. We are scheduled to get rain mixed with snow on Tuesday;-) Every time I think that we have seen the last of the below freezing nighttime temps., I get surprised. We'll have two more mornings, below freezing, this coming week.
Ohhhh....Ugga Bugga...Here is the forecast for this summer from Weather.com.
"The historically strong El Nino event is weakening rapidly and we should transition to La Nina conditions by summer and this favors another hot summer, especially across the northern U.S.," said Dr. Crawford.
Another factor to consider regarding temperatures this summer are sea surface temperatures in the western North Atlantic, which are forecast to be warmer than we have seen over the past five years. That often results in warmer temperatures in the eastern U.S. In addition, conditions across the Pacific Ocean, influenced by the strong El Nino, will favor warmer-than-average temperatures across much of the West, especially the Pacific Northwest.
Most computer forecast models continue to suggest that the transition from El Nino to La Nina conditions will occur this summer. Typically, La Nina summers feature hotter temperatures from the central U.S. into the Northeast, with the hottest month being July.
Crawford notes that during previous years where rapid changes from El Nino to La Nina occurred, the worst of the summer heat was focused from the northern Plains to the Great Lakes states.
Overall, computer model guidance indicates widespread warmth with little hint of cooler than average temperatures across the nation. The West will likely see warm and dry conditions, strongly influenced by the recent El Nino."