Here's a bunch of generalities about our weather at wheaton labs - averages or estimates at best, nothing hard and fast here! I'm sure other residents might have items to add, embellish or even correct from my thoughts.
Evan's pic of Allerton Abbey, winter 2015-16:
Here's a picture from the June 2016 at course (by Evan in his ant village log) where folks are still wearing jackets and long sleeves (though two of these are Sountherners!):
Paul was mentioning how August usually has afternoon thunderstorms that come out of the blue (ha!) on a sunny day, make their noise, rain, etc., and then it will clear up again. Which reminded me of the 'Northern Rockies August Singularity.' From this article 'August Singularity' not just folklore:
They found that a significant cold spell in the Northern Rockies regularly occurs around Aug. 24-26. A shorter August Singularity also tends to occur around Aug. 13. Temperatures can drop by as much as 40 degrees below average during the event.
The cooling can be nice during the hottest part of summer and forest fire season, though huge temperature shifts like this usually come with high winds, which could make forest fires worse.
More from the article about what the term 'singularity' means:
A singularity is a weather condition that tends to occur near a specific date more frequently than chance would indicate, according to the American Meteorological Society's Glossary of Meteorology.
The New England region's "January Thaw" that regularly occurs around Jan. 20-24 is the most extensively studied by far.
In the West, Sandman said, the most well-known and predictable weather event has long been the start of monsoon season that arrives in Arizona and New Mexico in June. But the August Singularity is not far behind.
I grew up in the Seattle suburbs where winters are almost constant grey, along with almost constant drizzle and damp. It's generally only 40-50 degrees F most of the winter, but it's so dark and wet that it feels colder than that. Summers are milder in the Seattle area, too, but they can be humid from all that moisture.
Folks ask me all the time how can I handle four seasons after living in such a mild climate. I like having more sun here. Sunshine in the winter is a glorious thing to me. I find that the dry cold and the dry heat are both easier to tolerate in a lot of ways, too.
As David mentioned, and from what I've heard, too, the summers are tending to be hotter here. We are growing more and more greenery, including loads of deciduous trees, plus adding in water features - all of which will combine to make the heat far more tolerable IMHO. I'm always amazed at how much the growies love the heat and sun, so there is a huge upside that way.
One more comment about winter. When you have hundreds of acres, you have dirt roads and dirt paths - it's not like the city or suburbs where so much of the byways are gravel, cement/asphalt, or even wood chips. Dirt roads get muddy and slippery in the rain, and dusty in the heat. We are doing a lot to grade the roads properly and grow plants on them to help with the slippery and the dusty, though I have to say, in the winter, to have our dirt roads frozen solid, and then the snow melts completely off them most days, well...that's just fantastic, if you ask me.
Julia Winter wrote:Hey, what happened to the August Singularity?
Oh wait - I see, it's not due until the 24th. Hope y'all are keeping cool!
I think we had the shorter singularity, (which is touted as often occurring around Aug. 13), or a similar colder spell any way, about a week and a half ago. There was a lovely thunderstorm and days that topped out in the 70's which is rather cool for August around here, and was a nice change.
Over the last week it's been in the 80's, at times low 90's (all Fahrenheit, of course) and looking similar for the next week or so. The nights are averaging in the 50's which, as I mentioned above is truly lovely, making morning and evening temperatures in the 70's, which is just about perfect.
During the upcoming singularity timing, the forecast is that we could get night time temps in the upper 40's for a week or so, but still averaging in the 80's during the day. That's quite the range!
(I'm on the Oregon coast right now, Netarts Bay - the temp doesn't change much, although when the sun hits this 30+ year old house in the afternoon, it gets really warm!)
David Lehnherr wrote:Grew up in Montana, and now live in south-central Montana. Our weather is becoming even less predictable than it used to be. Our summers are definitely trending towards warmer and longer. One of the odd things is how we're seeing thunderstorms more frequently in summer afternoons now. Definitely makes planning outdoor activities more interesting.
Howdy, neighbor! (Up the road in Laurel.) Yeah, this last couple years I thought maybe I'd moved to Seattle by mistake... lot milder than it was in the 60s/70s, but it's starting to swing back the other way.
When I was a kid in Great Falls (1960s) afternoon summer thunderstorms were a way of life. You just assumed a picnic would get an obligatory 20 minutes of lightning and hail.
Only edible I have this year was a tomato that volunteered in the flowerbed. It looks like crap and has one puny tomato on it.
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:A Montana valley (was it the Swan?) had a frost last week with our August singularity weather - we did not. One of the many reasons Paul prefers higher elevation hillsides to valley floors for growing things.
Realtime satellite view http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/data/us_comp/us_comp.html showed snow in B.C. mountains last week, all the way down to northern Washington. Was supposed to snow in Glacier Park, don't know if it did but I did see temperatures down to the high 20s. Got to 45F here near Billings, and about 50F here in my little garden spot. Global warming!
I was trying to find out what was burning where and this list was helpful: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/27/.
Neighbor told me it did snow down along Beartooth Pass, enough that they closed it for a day. Was supposed to be 96F today but thankfully didn't make it. Montana, land of extremes!
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:
The last two days of September (2016) were sunny during the day, and rain after dark. This really does happen quite frequently.
One El Niño year when I was living in SoCal, we got a LOT of winter rain -- but not once did it rain during daylight. Very strange!
Whoever's in charge of such things just turned off the irrigation ditch, so even tho it's 80 degrees I can now declare it's officially winter.
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