Friday, December 19, 2014


Friday December 19
<< Yellow Alert for Flood Potential >>
Too bad the last big weekend before Christmas will be trumped 
by a major rain event.
The dark clouds & buckets of rain are on tap. Portions of the west 
slopes of the Cascades could receive 4-8 inches in 24 hrs or less. 
Snow level will rise, so all the precip will rush downstream to low
 spots. Be alert if your abode is near flood-prone waterways. Wind 
will be noticed.

It will begin to dry down by Monday afternoon. Rather mild temps,
 too. The next interesting system arrives on Christmas Eve. There is 
consistency in a wet, cool storm moving in as the holiday arrives. 
SNOW levels will most definitely drop as cold, dry air sweeps in 
behind the system on Christmas Day. If enough moisture remains, 
it may be cold enough for snow showers for some white flakes at the
 surface, esp. north of Salem/Olympia. Ground will be too warm for 
sticking stuff.

Generally, it will be mostly dry and chilly the week after Christmas, 
turning either very COLD or back to rain by the New Year. There may 
be rain/snow mix showers around the 27-28th. You should be prepared
 for an Arctic event, just in case (meaning, you are not home and freeze
 protection readiness is needed before you go).

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This week

More clouds and rain.
Lows temps raining from 31 - 56.
Hi temps ranging from 49 to 57.
Leaves are finally falling form the fruit
and nuts trees.

Cole (cold) crops still growing.

Probably time to put the garden to bed unless
you are a hard core grower.  Yes, we can grow
many cole crops, depending on the  weather and
how cold it gets.

Crops such as garlic, kale, chard, table beets,
carrots, broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts.

Weeds need be controlled.

Leaves need mulching  or raked into the flower beds.

If you have a compost pile, make sure that you cover
the pile with a good tarp to keep the rain water off of
 the pile.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Now what

Many of the hazelnuts are loaded with nut buds. Young
Jefferson's are loaded with nut buds and loaded with catkins.

My apple tree leaves ARE turning yellow but still on the trees. 
Pears and prune leaves are gone.  Maple leaves are on the ground.

Lilac buds are already 1/2 inch long.  Iris and garlic are up about 8 inches.

Rain gauge shows 7 inches of rain so far for November and December.

Tie to prune most fruit trees and berry bushes.

Moles and gopher going crazy.  Knock over the current mounds in the
 pasture.  In the morning, count how many new mounds have re appeared.
Count the number of new mounds = the number of moles or gophers.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

High winds

Oregon Wind Event?
Special Statement
Potential for very strong, damaging WINDS Thursday morning if 
recent model solutions are accurate. Deep low center (973-984 mob) 
is progged to move north  and come onshore as it "fills" somewhere
 north of Astoria. If this storm develops as modeled, wind gusts at
 the coast likely to exceed 85-100 mph; inland across the Willamette 
Valley gusts higher than 60 mph are possible. Power outages and
 numerous falling trees will be the rule. Be prepared, just in case. 
This is short notice because the event has only recently been verifying
 on the computers.
Again, a potentially serious wind event may develop early Thursday 
over western Oregon. Please keep alert to Nat'l Wx Service notices.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Weather 12-8-2014

Edited from Rufus at Wxcafe
Monday December 8
Rain + wind = the forecast according to Rufus.  
The sound of rain will be dominant over the next couple of weeks.
Early in the period, the heaviest rain will storm into NW WA, Vancouver Is, as 
will the wind. Later this week, the pattern will shift south, sending steady rain 
into OR and, all of California.  Be aware that several deep-centered storms are
 lining up back stage and are set for arrival at approx 24-36 hour spacing.
 Why? A large, very cold upper-level trough of low pressure is now set up over
 the Gulf of Alaska.  
In fact, hints are for the 'jet stream' to shift and favor the coldest series of storms 
arriving into the PNW just before Christmas, teasing the entire region with the 
white stuff above 1,500 ft.
Summary: lots of rain, periods of moderate-to-strong winds for the next 14 days.  
 In fact, three systems are likely to bring notable rain to the entire state, starting 
this coming Thursday.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Weather and hints this week

The weather is typical for November.  For the Willamette
Valley, mild and wet.  Highs - 62 to 42 degrees.  Lows - 53
to just below freezing.  Plotted plants need to be protected. 
Place the trees leaves into the flower beds;  place the leaves
on the garden IF you have the weeds under control.  Then cover
 with a big tarp to smother winter annual weds and this lets the
worms get to the leaves.

The weather has been good for the lawn to continue to grow
so look for a dry day to keep the lawn under control....for the
 next four months.

Fruit trees leaves still hanging on but the wind is removing
some of the leaves.  No biggy, unless you have 100 acres that
needs to be pruned.

Plants still are moving into dormancy, we usually call plants
dormant when the leaves are finally off the plant.

For Thanksgiving look to see if there is anything still in the
garden - like chard, kale, broccoli, cabbage, beets, carrots that
 can be used as part of the bounteous gathering.  Most of the
apples and pears got to warm this summer and had center rot from
the hot weather and not enough irrigation.  Mine barely made it
off the trees before rotting.

Monday, November 17, 2014


November is here and so has the cold weather.  The next
while will be cool to cold in the AMs and during the day
temps between 42-51 degrees.  Also we will see nice sunny
days and the typical November rainy days.

Lots of leaves are being used and should be used for
insulating the flower and shrub beds, blueberries, berries,
 roses and garden areas.

If you have a compost pile, be sure to cover the pile to
 keep it from getting too wet.

Tree fruits STILL holding onto their leaves.  Maple, ash
and walnut trees almost bare.

Potted plants were hit hard;  so move them into protected
areas or compost.