Saturday, February 7, 2015

Saturday


RAIN. A strong upper-level 'steering wind' continues to drive relatively warm, moisture laden air right into the PNW. Multiple inches of rain have already fallen across a large swath of the region. Flooding has been minimal because of the breaks in the steady rainfall. The heaviest rain remain on track to arrive between Friday and Monday afternoon. Anywhere from an additional 2-4 inches possible for western valley locations and upwards of 7-8 inches of rain in coastal mountains & western slopes of the Cascades is likely.

WIND. A few more 'waves' of surface systems will brush onshore over the weekend, two of which will generate strong wind fields as they move onshore: the first late Saturday, the second late Sunday, early Monday. The Sunday storm is progged to be one of the strongest of the fall/winter season for western Oregon. Potential for a 16-20 mb pressure difference between Eureka & Astoria early Monday morning would generate a significant wind event, even for inland valley locations. PLEASE be prepared for possible power outages. Soils will be like pudding; firs may fall.

DRY. After the Sun/Mon storm spins inland, conditions will rapidly dry out, with periods of warm sunshine and possible FOG (esp Wed morning). The dry, high pressure ridge pattern is likely to hold on through Valentine's Day weekend.

Friday, January 30, 2015

This week

Tree fruits are being pruned.
Berries are being pruned.
Peaches - buds have broken.
Blueberry - apical tips are leafing out.
Forsythia - already bloomed.
Garlic - up 8 inches.
Crocus - up six inches.
Looks like we are about a month ahead of normal.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Early spring so far

We are heading toward spring and we are about months
 ahead of normal.  Blueberries have broken bud already. 
Peaches have broken bud and if you haven't sprayed for
peach leaf curl - do so immediately.

Forsythia have bloomed, crocus are up 3-6 inches. 
Garlic  is up 8 inches.

Get pruning done.

Control garden weeds.

I heard one fellow was going to plant peas...may be a bit
early so don't be fool by the January good weather that we
have most years.  February and March can be pretty harsh.


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Crop conditions

Crops - outside crops done for the year.
Most outside crops - even the cole crops were
damaged by the cold weather.
Some county flooding in areas close to the rivers and creeks.
Timing - forsythia bushes blooming, very early.
Soil this week in very good condition.

Weather in 2015

The ground did freeze a little but it thawed already.  Actually,
the soil is perfect for tilling.  I had to dig a hole and the soil didn't
stick to the shovel and turned very nicely.  But still a bit too early.


Temps will be warmer, highs of 45 and lows of 32, more typical
winter weather but realized  the cold was in December and we still
have at least three more winter months...so far, very
similar as to last year.  My records show that it was colder
December.


Rain coming so spray fruit trees their clean up copper sprays ASAP
 and if you have peaches/nectarines, they needed a copper spray
 Dec.15, Jan. 15 and Feb. 15.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Cold winds


Courtesy:  NOAA/NWS, Portland, OR   Monday, 29 December 2014

SYNOPSIS:   A turn to much colder and windy weather is expected today tonight. Snow showers will continue over the Cascades this morning. We will see spotty accumulations of snow as low as 500 to 1000 feet this morning. Then will see clearing as the cold offshore flow increases later this morning and afternoon.  Winds may gust 30 to 45 mph at times across much of higher terrain, but strongest winds will be in the western Columbia River Gorge where cold east winds will gust 55 to 70 mph.  Winds will also be brisk across the coast range and the coast, and work their way south through the Willamette Valley Tuesday. Low temperatures will fall into the teens and lower 20s beginning Tuesday and Wednesday night. Highs in the valleys will struggle to reach 32 degrees Tuesday through Thursday, with 30s at the coast, and single digits and teens in the Cascades. The winds in the Cascades Monday night and Tuesday morning could produce dangerous wind chills of 15 to 25 degrees below zero.

PRIMARY AREAS IMPACTED: 

Columbia River Gorge:  East winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 70 mph at the typically windiest locations at the west end. The winds will increase during the day today, with the strongest winds will be tonight and Tuesday. Wind chills of 10 below to 10 above zero are possible.

South Washington and North Oregon Cascades: East winds will increase during the day today, reach 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 55 mph tonight and Tuesday. Wind chills could reach 20 below zero, and a Wind Chill Warning is in effect for tonight and Tuesday morning. Another 1 to 4 inches of snow are expected this morning before the snow showers end by early afternoon.

North and Central Oregon Coast Range and Willapa Hills of southwest Washington: East winds will increase today, and peak tonight and Tuesday with 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 or 50 mph, especially at higher elevations.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Cold

Weather is forecast to get cold for the next few days. 
Temps are said to drop into the 20's which means 25-35. 
Long term can cause some root and plants in pots damage.