Friday, April 24, 2015

Spring fling

Peonies are starting to bloom.  They typically
 early May, but not this year.
BE AWARE:  Check any container that hold water. 
I checked on rain bucket and it was loaded with the
pesky mosquitoes, and they were with in a week of

Grapes have leafed out and started putting on cane

Sunday, April 19, 2015

More spring

Both white and purple lilacs blooming nicely.
Garlic is up 3 foot and bulbing, about an inch already.
Tree fruit blooms still doing OK.  Early pears look fried.
Prunes - not sure yet.
Apples - nice bloom.
Peach tree - I was going to say no peach leaf curl but that would
ensure that the tree would get PLC.
Lawn - growing crazily.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Weather 4-17-2015

Rufus weather
Nature will take a turn at mood swings over the next
 couple of weeks.
When the month of April started, The WxCafe (TM) 
prognosticated about the big swings in the weather April:
 cold, stormy; mild, dry etc. That pattern will continue on
 through the end of the month. This weekend will end in an 
absolutely splendid mood: sunny, warm - afternoon temps 
could tease the upper 70s in western OR; even hitting 80 on 
Monday as a 'heat low' moves north from CA, temps will be 
pleasant for April.
 By Tue, the warm dry wx that started this past week will yield
 to a colder, on-off wet period for a few days.  Given the chilly 
air mass that will arrive, if the sky clears in your location (esp 
east side) Thu night, FROST is possible.
Rufus and Robin

Monday, April 6, 2015


Some frost damage to tree fruits.
Most tree fruits  surviving quite well, so far with a least
one month of cool weather left.
Apples and cherries - blooming nicely.  The bloom period
for tree fruits has been longer than normal.
Berries - early at this point.  Most look good except for
cold pockets.
Monitor for early emergence of the spotted wing drosophila
 this spring and summer.

Sunday, April 5, 2015


More rainy, nice-ish weather for the next week; temps
 in the 40's and mid 60's.  We seem to be mostly avoiding
 frosty far as we have another month to go.

Apples and cherries blooming.

Cole (cool season)  plants going in all over the valley.

Soil temps nearing 60 degrees but usually we wait until
 May 1st for warm season veggies. The warm season
plants can be planted, just realize they could get frosted.


Friday, April 3, 2015



Good Friday 2015

 The next 2-3 weeks will present little bits of weather to suit or disappoint everyone. Rain, sun, wind, warm, cold.

 A cold system is about to move onshore across the PNW today. The storm is expected to stretch out all along the west coast from Vancouver Is. down to Monterey Bay by late Saturday. Steady rain today will yield to scattered showers & sun breaks through the weekend.

 The past two mornings have presented some frost pockets, both sides of the Cascades. There is another risk for even colder sub-freezing temps coming up. First though, next week will end up quite pleasant, with lots of sun and mild conditions Thu & Fri. The weekend following should start out mild & dry, depending on how fast the next cold system sets up.

 As the weekend of Apr 11,12 approaches, so too will another chilly, stormy period, for a pool of cold air (for April) over the Gulf of Alaska to move into the PNW in the Apr 12-13 period. This will kick-up a rather STORMY, blustery period from late Sun, Apr 12 through Wed, Apr 15. Notable winds possible, as will be the potential for HAIL (and mountain snow). With the moisture diminishing by late Wed, the entire region will remain quite chilly, with the potential for sub-freezing temps developing if the sky clears. It is possible for lows to be 2-4 degrees below that of the past 2 mornings. Patrons that had 29-32 readings this week, should take note and be prepared to initiate whatever crop protection procedures you rely on.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tent caterpillars

There have been sightings of tiny tent caterpillars in apple trees both in Washington and Oregon. Soon their webbed masses will be more obvious. Links to resources and images can be found at the website.