Today has been a strange weather day here. It’s been surprisingly windy with strong easterly winds. The strongest winds during the spring around here tend to be from the southwest. It’s also very dry air today. It really feels to me like an early autumn day. You know the first cooler windier day of the fall except the winds are from the east today. I’d say the wind has been gusting into the 30 plus miles per hour range.
It took until today, May 15th to make the 80s this year. At least I don’t believe we’ve made it into the 80s yet. I think the best this year so far was 79 but not positive without going and looking at the records. It’s in the mid 80s and somewhat dry now. It was rainy and humid this morning and felt nasty when I did my strength workout for the day.
While I didn’t personally notice any it seems like many friends int he area posted on Facebook about seeing snow flurries yesterday. We had a squally looking cloud pass by to our north that looked like it was precipitating but it missed us. I had also read that some areas in Lancaster county had a light coating of snow last night. I didn’t notice any here myself but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have any.
I just have to laugh after the pretty crappy winter we’ve had now we have a pretty good weather pattern that would have brought us snow then. It will be rainy today, big surprise there, that’s what seems to be happening almost every week. The rain will continue into tonight with a low of 31 and possibly snow showers. Get to have a freeze warning too! I’m sure what’s going to happen will be that the weather pattern will flip again just in time for heat and humidity.
Now that our bleeding hearts are fully blooming we know for sure they were a good choice for our shady front yard. The two smaller slower plants aren’t blooming yet but we had bought different kinds so maybe they’ll bloom later into the summer. It looks like little green buds starting to emerge from the ground where the milkweed plants are too! Usually that’s not this early at least for the white swamp milkweed.
It took this long but we’re finally getting a pattern that could have given us snow in the winter with colder temperatures and storminess. Northern Pennsylvania has been getting snow. The step daughter had gone to the mountains last weekend and they had snow. We’ve been having some strong cold fronts move through the past week or two with lots of wind the next day. I’m listening to the wind outside right now as I am typing this.
It was a very nice evening so I took the very short walk across the street to see what sort of flowers are blooming no. I noticed a few of the Daffodils are flowering. I always called them egg flowers when I was a little kid because of the yellow center and outside center makes it look like a perfectly cooked egg. I’m not sure what type these white ones are.
I have posted before about the flowers along the street since the neighbor planted them. With all the negativity in the world and the not doing much of anything outside the house with the coronavirus happening at this time it sure is a nice break to see these flowers a few hundred feet away. He has all sorts of flowers planted so there is basically something in bloom at any time of the spring, summer of fall.
As Potent as yesterday’s storms were there’s been very strong gusts of wind here since. It’s bringing to mind the fall weather growing up when we went to the mountains for hunting season. It’s spring and not fall but autumn seems to bring the wind. We have had a few house vibrating gusts here today. The whole winter seemed to be lacking a bit in the wind department much like it did with the snow.
While we didn’t get directly under the cell we did get the edge of it and it packed a lot of wind and plenty of thunder and lightning along with it. I wonder what it was like under that cell. We just got the tail end of it and gust front that was off to the south of it. There was a constant strong wind sound as it raced over us.
I got woken up a bit before 3 AM this morning but what I thought was thunder. I laid there in bed for a bit until I heard it again. I decided to get out of bed and go sit on the front porch to enjoy our first of hopefully many middle of the night thunderstorms, I got outside and it was actually still pretty mild. I would guess the temperature was in the mid to upper 50s with a steady wind from the west as the storms were approaching from the northwest.
We’ve been wanting for a long time to come up with ideas for perennials to plant in our front yard that doesn’t get much sun. We’ve been planting annuals which grow but can be kind of a pain to have to find and plant what we want each year. Last year I came across bleeding hearts which are fine with shade, bloom for quite a while and are perennials. That ticks and the spots we wanted.
Trying to continue with the more positive posts with all of the bullshit going on right now. Maybe it could brighten someone’s day or something. Besides that I just like flowers. We were doing our typical once a week grocery store run when I noticed these flowers in the sun. They’re in an empty, unused lot olf land. Some guy who I think has since moved away planted them a few years back and you used to see him out there on a regulary basis caring for them.
It’s still March 30th and the trees along the street are blooming. Well technically they began blooming last week. They do smell good but they produce so much pollen that blows like dust everywhere and coats everything. I happened to notice the lower flowers today near the railroad tracks so I had to go grab a picture. The Grass is all deep green and many people have already mowed their lawn.
We’ve had off and off heavy if not torrential showers all day today but until the past few minutes I haven’t noticed any lightning or heard any thunder. I though I heard a few rumbles when I was getting a shower but I wouldn’t count that because it could have been a car or something. Western Pennsylvania has had sever thunderstorm warnings and even a tornado warning today but here in Central PA the convection has been more elevated.
Today started out dreary like so many days this winter and spring have turned out but there was promise to maybe see some sunshine later. We went to the grocery store as soon as I got up and drank a cup of coffee and would you believe it? They actually had most of the stuff we needed! And the store wasn’t over flowing with people. Hopefully that is a sign that the excessive hoarding is dissipating.
Today started out warm and very foggy with some light rain. Normal spring weather here until the ocean warms up. Towards the afternoon the clouds started thining and the temperature started warming up a bit. Finally around 2:30 or 3:00 the humidity dropped and wind picked up with clearing sky. The temperature shot up after that. It was actually pretty nice to lay on the patio chair in the sun to recover from the WOD.
On the plus side it cleared up and dried outside after that so we got out to go for a nice walk on the riverfront trail and made some vitamin D. Even got to break out the shorts and wear them. It got very dry and windy though. Things are rapidly turning green now. It got close to if not up to 70 today! It was nice to see a decent amount of people out today yet not over run with bikes that have to ride side by side and try to make you move.
The entire winter has been mild this year, there’s no denying that. There has been plenty or rain though and the rain has been mostly on the days when Molly had off and we’d be able do do something. By luck she had off today and we wanted to get outdoors. No appointments or other plans were there to interfere with that today! The original idea was to go to middle creek but we decided to stay closer to home so went to grab a couple of caches on the Conewago trail.
Well any trace of last weeks snow is long gone now. Yesterday It was warm and humid with a threat of showers that never did happen. Even had some sun poke through the clouds at times with temperatures in the 50s. Last evening it began to creep up with south winds. Around midnight I woke up and peaked at radar. A line of heavy rain was developing just to our west so I got up hoping for a thunderstorm.
The mountain west and central PA have had a massive storm this week with lots of snow and wind. That’s put us on the warm side of the storm with the warm front finally making it through we’ve had a high in the 70s today with the last patches of snow in shade being gone by noon. It was a nice day for sure. We tried to enjoy some time on the patio but the fucking mosquitoes were already out.
It seems like some of our biggest snow storms tend to be around Presidents’ Day. My best guess would be it’s because there’s still plenty of cold air available but there’s lots of energy and heat trying to push north. Either way a snow storm certainly won’t be the case this year. We went out to enjoy the nice mild day and go for a nice walk on the Northwest Lancaster River Trail and it was actually hot.
For the past several days we have been hearing this odd banging noise on our windows but haven’t been able to figure out what was going on. It wasn’t loud enough to be concerning but we were definitely interested to figure out what was causing this unusual noise. I’d hear it in the morning and just figure it was maybe something outside, you know kids playing or something like that.
File this under things I’ve never gotten the opportunity to see or at least that I can remember seeing. There was a pretty good thunderstorm that moved over Hershey and Lebanon county which is maybe 10 miles from here by air. I saw the clouds building as the sun was setting and was hoping we’d get something out of it but we did not. Although we didn’t get directly hit by the storm it sure did give me a nice lightning show.
I happened to look out the back door and noticed a few robins hopping around in the fresh snowfall that accumulated in the back yard this morning. It’s kind of funny how little things such as this can bring back memories of people or places. Nan and Pop always told me when they saw robins in the spring and they were happy because it meant spring is on the way. Even the last year Nan was alive and called me or I called her she’d happily tell me when she saw robins hopping around.
A storm moving up from the south has plenty of moisture with it and warm temperatures here. This is expected to bring one to two inches of rain to central pa with possibly more where thunderstorms occur. the NWS has issued a flood watch for much of central PA due to this. This could have been pretty bad if there was a snow pack like some other years. 1996 comes to mind.