Earth Day Blog 2009...

By: Zachary Labe , 1:59 AM GMT on April 22, 2009

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Earth Day 2009 Blog


(Spring Blooms last year)

"Introductory Thoughts"
Happy Earth Day! This is my annual Earth Day blog. Last year mine focused on climate change and the history of Earth Day. This year will focus on tips for conserving the environment and going green. The pictures in this blog are all mine I have taken looking at the beauty of nature at its best. I have never considered myself an avid global warming activist, and you don't have to be one to conserve the environment. There aren't any disadvantages to try to help conserve the surrounding environment and we all need to do our part.


(My Bleeding Heart last year)

"Going Green Tips"

-The CFL Light bulb aka The Killer Light bulb
One of the simplest inexpensive ways of saving a bit on your electricity bill is by switching your old incandescent bulbs. Many are reluctant to make the switch, but it saves quite a bit of many in the long run. CFL bulbs use 75% less electricity and last 10% longer. Now there have been a few complaints with the bulb particularly due to the trace of mercury. The mercury (HG) is located in the glass rim of the bulb. When the bulb breaks or extinguishes some are concerned about the release of mercury into the air. But really there are only 4mg of mercury in each bulb. A mercury thermometer contains about 500mg of mercury. 4mg of mercury is just enough to cover the tip of a ball point pen. But in recent years manufacturers have begun to take steps to reduce mercury output. Now some companies only put in as less as 1.5mg of mercury in each bulb. Under a true analysis of the element HG, we see that mercury has an extremely high boiling point of 357degrees C. This would show the mercury would only become a vapor at that temperature; otherwise it would be a solid form. Unless direct inhaling of mercury, there are very few side effects from mercury. It just has become one of those things that present day media likes to blow out of proportion. So if a CFL bulb breaks or extinguishes immediately put the bulb in a plastic zip lock bag an air out the room. Take the bulb to a nearby recycling CFL location such as Home Depot. In fact we ingest more mercury from eating fish than anything. The mercury in CFL bulbs is way blown out of proportion. For more information contact the EPA website on directions for disposal of broken bulbs.

On the positive side CFL bulbs use much less energy and last much longer. There are a few things to note that I have noticed with my bulbs that the manufacturers don't really tell you. Every time you turn on/off a lamp it reduces the life expectancy of the bulb so use CFLs first in your lamps that you have on the longest. Also only buy the CFL light bulbs that have the energy star logo on the side. Regular CFL bulbs take quite a while to turn on to full brightness. Energy Star ones take up to one second to reach full brightness. Lastly there are different ratios for CFL bulb wattage is the explanation why some people find that their CFLs are less bright than the incandescent bulbs. Also there are different types of color which include the dull glow just like incandescent bulbs so make sure you check the box label.

Choosing the right color:Link

Light color is measured on a temperature scale referred to as Kelvin (K).

Lower Kelvin numbers mean the light appears more yellow; higher Kelvin numbers mean the light is whiter or bluer.

Most ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs are made to match the color of incandescent bulbs at 2700-3000K.

For a whiter light, look for bulbs marked 3500-4100K.
For bluer white light, look for bulbs marked 5000-6500K.


(Mt. Washington Cog Railway)

-Green Bags
Think of all the plastic bags that you go through in a week, let alone a year. Then all those bags go into land wastes and end of blowing away into the local environment. Reusable totes are an idea that many major companies are advertising, especially grocery stores. If you bring the bags every time you shop then plastic bags will not be necessary. This is equivalent to taking tens of thousands of cars off the roads.

Energy Star Pledge... Link.


(Boyd Big Tree Conservation Area)

Plant a Tree-
One of the simplest and most well known ways of conserving the environment on Earth Day. Did you know April 24 is Arbor Day? Until my research I never put the two together for being in the same week. The Arbor Day Foundation is a wonderful society that offers a great deal right now. When you become a member for a small fee for a year, you are sent 10 free trees of your choice that are native to your region. These trees vary from 6-12inches tall and come with planting and care instructions. Link. Interestingly enough not all trees are beneficial to the environment by cleaning the air of pollutants and reducing the urban-heat island effect. Some trees actually produce a toxin the in turn hurts the ozone layer, but all trees do help at least a slight bit. Researchers came up with a list of 31 species, including American basswood, dogwood, Eastern white pine, Eastern red cedar, gray birch, red maple and river birch that help the environment. One tree such as the Willow actually does not take in my toxins from the environment and therefore is not actually very beneficial. Some researchers even report planting trees about 20N hurts the environment as a forest canopy is dark therefore holding heat instead of reflecting the sun's rays. But for now I do not think going out and planting a tree is going to do any harm.


(Ice Storm on Blue Mountain December 2008)

Saving Water-
A very simple way of saving water consists of several different cost-effect and efficient options. One simple method is by replacing water spigots in sinks inside with aerators. This is cheap way of saving water. Aerators for typical sinks use about 1.5 GPM which is much less than the typical spigot in a kitchen sink. Home Depot is offering free aerators this week... Link(See slide 4) Also try replacing showerheads with new efficient ones that produce air and water at the same time therefore reducing water to near 2GPM. An interesting fact... Letting a faucet run for 5minutes is equivalent in energy usage to letting your 60watt incandescent bulb run for 14hours.

Another way of conserving water is buying use a rain barrel. I installed my own personal rain barrel that I made last year. Rain barrels collect water that would typically be from on your roof and head down your spouting. But with a rain barrel all of that rain heads down into your barrel which is typically 55 gallons on average. Rain barrels can be very costly, but making your own is quite simple. Here are simple instructions for making your own rain barrel... Link. My rain barrel fills up completely (55 gallons) with .1inches of rain. Anymore and it overflows. I use it to water all of my gardens and the barrel uses lasts through about 3-4 entire waterings. Rain water can also be healthier for your gardens by providing non-chlorinated water like most water that comes out of the regular spigot.


(Hiking through Blue Mountain)

Install a ceiling fan-
While it may be costly, long term effects help to save energy especially while using Energy Star Labeled products.

Ceilings fans have two settings. With the one setting the counter-clockwise effect makes a wind-chill effect and cools one's body. Ceilings fans do not actually cool a room. So when leaving a room turn off the fan to save energy. In the winter turn on the other clockwise setting to have the warm air down drafted from the ceiling to occupied spaces. Ceiling fans have long term cost effect and energy efficient of helping the environment and your budget. They also had of touch of decor to a room.


(Morning Fog)

Vegetable Gardens-
While at first you may say you don't have the space or the time, well you are likely wrong. Vegetable gardens can consist of from small areas that produce a bountiful harvest. Pick a location that receives quite a lot of sun particularly in a southern facing location. Also try for the raised bed idea. This allows for a longer growing season as the raised bed is warmed directly by the sun. Edge the borders with wooden boards and/or concrete blocks to increase the depth of the soil. This also allows you to modify your existing soil in the ground. The initial costs of the garden may be high for the first year, but it pays off within the first few years. Buy the best soil combination preferably fertile soil as vegetables take more out of the soil than do regular annuals. Look for organic materials such as decomposed plant matter and manure such as mushroom compost or farm yard manure. Add the compost, etc as soon as possible so the nutrients decompose into the soil. Also try creating a compost pile which you can throw into it, vegetable peelings, grass clippings, kitchen waste, dead plant matter, and any nitrogen rich ingredients. Once you have your raised bed and soil built, the hardest part is over. Remember these raised beds can be very small. Even try container pots such as potted tomato plants and etc. This time of year is perfect and not too late for some cool season crops. Onion bulbs are easily available at the local store and are easy growers. There are few enemies and little care. Lettuce is great to grow this time of year, but just remember the local animal population may like to take a bite. Lettuce also while not sensitive too much to frost, it does not tolerate hard freezes so remember to cover. I have had the best luck with Romaine and Buttercrunch varieties. They seem to grow the fastest. Spinach and Chard are also tolerable of the cooler temperatures and are easy to grow without too much preference to soil type. Swiss Chard will also grow all summer so plant it in a location that you can use the whole summer. Radish is about the easiest to grow out of anything. They are great to plant this time of year as they get a bit woody come warmer summer temperatures. Just remember they need to be thinned out as just about all of the seeds will bloom creating a tight location. For a bit more of a challenge and more space needed, try broccoli or cauliflower. They are cool season crops that can have bountiful harvests. As the temperatures warm other crops can be planted. It is so pleasing and much more tasteful planting your own vegetables. It is also much more economic and environmentally friendly. As far as watering and fertilizing is concerned, they will likely be necessary. The nice thing about it is you can control if you want any fertilizer at all. But the simple 10-10-10 formula can be used for most gardens as an initial spreading. Watering, try using a rain barrel. They are more beneficial to your garden by adding the non-chlorinated natural water. It also saves you a bit in your water bill. I am so pleased with my vegetable garden and I continue to expand each year. Give it a try!

A great forum for vegetable questions... Link.


(At the summit of Hawk Mountain)

"Final Thought"
The old saying, "Earth Day should be every day is so true." Whether you are an avid global warming activists or not this topic is important to you. Any reader of this blog knows I am not a supporter at all of this man-made global warming. But that does not mean I am not an avid supporter of conserving the planet. We take for granted this planet, driving our car down the street I do not think any of us are thinking "some type of forest must have been cut down to build this road." And we shouldn't be thinking that; modern society needs room for advancement and industrial revolutions. We cannot all live in a house in a tree like Robinson Crusoe. Without the development of urban suburbia and cities, there would be no modern technology or expansion. But the point is we need to do our part protect. Yes there always will be vast farmland and forests, but that land is diminishing. Think about this... How many times do you drive 30miles and see small areas of construction sites building a strip mall with the same old, same old, a nail salon, pizza parlor, Chinese food takeout, and a tanning salon. Then three years later there hangs a for sale sign above an abandoned building. Or how many condominium or large estate neighborhoods are being built in your community? Now a sign of a healthy community is population expansion and growth, but how many of those homes sit empty for 1-2years. I am not here to argue that we need to save the little bird in xyz so we can't drill oil, but is it too much to ask to plant a tree in a new neighborhood or not build a little worthless strip mall next to one 2miles already down the road. Earth Day needs to be an awareness day because we as humans we live an invincible life; nothing ever could go wrong. We do not need to do our share. But we do. The effervescent beauty of nature is powerful, just a look through the Wunderground photo gallery. My challenge to you today is to go take a hike... Not your typical hike of physical exertion to lose that December holiday 10LBS that you still haven't lost. Instead take a walk, take a camera, and sit down in the middle of that worn path. Now envision 10 years from now.

Is that worn path still there?


(Summit Path on Blue Mountain)

Important Links...
-2008 Earth Day Blog... Link.
-Home Depot Earth Day Specials... Link.
-Earth Day Network... Link.
-Earth Day... Link.
-EPA/Earth Day... Link.
-Weather Channel Go Green... Link.
-Energy Star... Link
-NOAA Green... a href="http://www.noaa.gov/features/green/index.

"Here north of Harrisburg 2009 statistics"
(Severe Weather Stats...)
Severe Thunderstorm Watches- 1
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings- 0
Tornado Watches- 0
Tornado Warnings- 0
Total Thunderstorms- 3

(Precipitation Stats...)
Flood Watches- 0
Flood Warnings- 0
Monthly Precipitation- 3.61inches
Yearly Precipitation- 6.86inches

(Temperature Stats...)
Heat Advisories- 0
Excessive Heat Warnings- 0
90degree Days- 1
Highest Temperature- 92degrees

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115. upweatherdog
3:51 PM GMT on May 02, 2009
Good morning!

It looks like my forecast for May is going to be pretty accurate! GFS has been showing a ridge across the central CONUS with a trough across the Northwest and the Northeast, with a Bermuda high building in. The GFS shows the corridor of the most precip will extend from the Pacific Northwest to the Great Lakes, southward to the Gulf and eastward to New England, with dry weather around Florida. Looks like May could be a big severe wx month for my area!
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114. Zachary Labe
3:02 PM GMT on May 02, 2009
.29inches of rain today. Sun now out currently.
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113. TheRasberryPatch
2:52 PM GMT on May 02, 2009
another 0.39" of rain for today. brings a total of 0.71" for the past two days.
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112. Zachary Labe
2:02 PM GMT on May 02, 2009
*The new blog should be out this evening.
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111. Zachary Labe
1:09 AM GMT on May 02, 2009
TheRasberryPatch- Hehe; we enjoy more cool season crops than warm weather crops, and we like a fresh salad with each meal. But I guess I did go a bit overboard, hahaha.
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110. TheRasberryPatch
12:25 AM GMT on May 02, 2009
28 lettuce plants. wow. when i do just 4 or 6 i have more than enough and after a couple of weeks i am bored of lettuce. are you feeding the army?
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109. Zachary Labe
12:14 AM GMT on May 02, 2009
Mason803- Ugh, as I believe I mentioned before; out of a total of 100 climate reporting stations across the lower 48 US, almost 75% of them came in with normal to above normal snowfall the last two winters. Not Harrisburg by any means though.

hurigo- I am going to post new vegetable garden pictures later this week as everything has just exploded. I have this year for cool season crops; broccoli, cauliflower, snow peas, radish, garlic, yellow/red onion, 28 lettuce plants, chives/cilantro/parsley, celery, swiss chard, blueberry, leeks, and spinach.

SBKaren- O thats neat. Sounds like you have yourself a little gardening contest. Feel free to stop by to comment or question anything. I am sure someone will know the gardening answer. Also come June I post a whole blog donated to vegetable gardening and everyone shares their pictures of their gardens. It was a big success last year.

TheRasberryPatch- Winds aloft were around 40knots with marginal shear values, but around 500 j/kg CAPE formed so that was and will be enough to support some thunderstorms.

***New weekly forecast blog tomorrow.
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108. TheRasberryPatch
9:53 PM GMT on May 01, 2009
Blizz - i think with the sun and heat and the wet ground we could fire up some storms.
are there mechanisms around for that?

0.32" of rain for the day
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107. hurigo
9:51 PM GMT on May 01, 2009
Blizz, I just checked your new garden photos. I had trouble reading all the markers, but it looks like you have chives, parsley, broccoli, cauliflower, ?swiss chard?, garlic.
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106. SBKaren
9:49 PM GMT on May 01, 2009
Blizzard - Trashy tomato = tomato plant planted in compost underneath the soil. Skyepony has it in her blog. I think Gamma and Aqua and Surf are also doing one - that I know of. There could well be more.

OK back up on the pot it goes. We used the one it was on for something else, but I'll find something! Thanks for the hints - I appreciate it!
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105. hurigo
9:47 PM GMT on May 01, 2009
Hi Ya'll. It is warm and windy here, but very comfortable to my taste. We might get some rain. Hubby is hoping for a downpour to test the new roofs.

Blizz, I see you have some new photos. I'm going to check them out.
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104. Mason803
9:25 PM GMT on May 01, 2009
0.36" of rain here so far today. ctp issued a pns recapping the snowfall totals and depatures from normals for some selected cities across pa. looks like erie was the big winner and harrisburg (no surprise) was the big loser.
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103. Zachary Labe
9:18 PM GMT on May 01, 2009
TheRasberryPatch- No I must have missed the special weather statement. Looks like some severe thunderstorms moving into Pennsylvania. I would not be surprised if a few move into our area later.
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102. TheRasberryPatch
8:53 PM GMT on May 01, 2009
Blizz - did you see the special weather statement. it was about the snow season and measurements for the state.
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101. TheRasberryPatch
8:03 PM GMT on May 01, 2009
0.28" of rain today with very light rain still coming down.

blizz - what is up with the forecast. from the website it is showing chance of rain or showers the next 5 days.
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100. Zachary Labe
7:02 PM GMT on May 01, 2009
.2inches of rain today.
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99. Zachary Labe
7:09 PM GMT on April 30, 2009
SBKaren- I agree with Patch on this one, try moving it to a bit higher location.
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98. TheRasberryPatch
11:18 AM GMT on April 30, 2009
SBKaren - I would think some small oustide rodent. I am not sure where you are but if you had the plant higher in the past that means something used to not be able to reach it like it can now. I would think something like a chipmunk.

Blizz - yes you were right about the weather. i would say we need rain, but i don't want to jinx the weekend weather
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97. JDinWPA
3:49 AM GMT on April 30, 2009
Hey Bliz. I spotted my first male Baltimore oriole this evening for the season. The hummers' arrival won't be too far away!
96. SBKaren
1:05 AM GMT on April 30, 2009
Blizzard - I read your comment in my blog about perhaps the birds eating the strawberries. We've never had anything eat them before - and we've had this strawberry plant for years! Here is a picture...you can barely make out 2 half red strawberries near the bottom - do you think birds would do that? I just don't know!!! The strawberry plant used to sit on top of an upside down pot, so it was higher off the ground...but not that high!



Here's how it used to look- just last week! Surrounded by spider plants and sitting on top of the pot. Give me your opinion!!!

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95. Zachary Labe
11:54 PM GMT on April 29, 2009
TheRasberryPatch- Relatively nice day. Remember I was telling you this week would not be as bad as forecasts were making it out to be. Today was one of those days.
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94. TheRasberryPatch
8:29 PM GMT on April 29, 2009
Hello - its been a 1 1/2 weeks since i planted onions and potatoes and a few other cold veggies and the onions are up out of the ground and about 1/10th of my potatoes have actually broken ground. they aren't supposed to do for almost 3 weeks.

not a bad day today. jeans and tshirt weather.
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93. Zachary Labe
7:12 PM GMT on April 29, 2009
JDinWPA- My garden just exploded in the last 24hours. Because of being east of the mountains I am probably 2-3weeks ahead of you despite being only a relative short distance.
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92. JDinWPA
2:05 AM GMT on April 29, 2009
Good evening Bliz. Looks like myhot weather is over for the time being. The front moved through late this afternoon and evening. It was nice while it lasted although it seems to have put everything in overdrive. I swear I could almost see the apple blossoms opening! Yesterday there wasn't any open, today some of the trees are in full bloom.

I got my peas in, most of the onions in and some potatoes planted before the rain hit. That's not too shabby time-wise for this area.
91. TheRasberryPatch
1:24 AM GMT on April 29, 2009
thanks for the info hurigo. have a blue for me
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90. upweatherdog
11:49 PM GMT on April 28, 2009
Athena cantalopes grow from zone 3 to 9. I could grow them!

Interesting pattern shaping up after May 7th. I noticed the bermuda high is really going to intensify, and there will be a weak trough over the Plains with good moisture flow from the Gulf and warm temps across the Great Lakes. This could bring chances of more severe weather to the northern Lakes.
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89. hurigo
10:55 PM GMT on April 28, 2009
Hello Bliz,et al.
My goodness friend, you were almost at the bottom of the blog list, so must bump you up.

Patch, thought of you today when I saw a story of the (rescued and disabled) eaglet that turned one today and he had a blue fish to celebrate the occasion. Also of interest, heard about a fire at a house on Avon. Don't have details, sorry.
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88. TheRasberryPatch
2:54 AM GMT on April 28, 2009
i don't know. i will have to check that out
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87. upweatherdog
1:12 AM GMT on April 28, 2009
What zones can they grow in. I'm in about zone 3/4.
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86. TheRasberryPatch
12:59 AM GMT on April 28, 2009
hey UPER can you grow Athena cantalopes? if you have the room they are so sweet.
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85. Zachary Labe
12:58 AM GMT on April 28, 2009
upweatherdog- Ugh, watermelon. I had a watermelon disaster last year. I bought watermelon seeds from the local nursery. After weeks of little growth, a little sprouting began. Then the little plant turned out to be eggplant. They sold me the wrong seeds in a watermelon packet! Anyways I think the GFS might be overdoing the troughing in the mid section of the country. I like the EURO jet stream spread. See link... Link.
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84. TheRasberryPatch
12:57 AM GMT on April 28, 2009
that is strange Blizz. especially after the beginning of June heatwave.
i had a few vegetables that didn't produce. my zuchini got sick and produced like 3 healthy fruits and my tomatoes never turned red until sometime in August. that was strange. i probably should use miracle grow liquid, but i fertilize at planting and usually thats it.
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83. upweatherdog
12:54 AM GMT on April 28, 2009
I'm hoping for a good melon crop this year. The local nursery around Marquette sells a good selection of melons. However, only watermelon they sell are sugar babys. Those are pretty much the only melon that can be grown in my area. In 2007, we had a HUGE water melon harvest. It's looking like summers gona be warm or even hot, so the melon harvest should be great!

By the way Bliz, I've noticed the Greenland block setting up in the long range with troughing across the Great Lakes in May. I'm really skeptical of this with the negative SST's deminishing, and with the bermuda high intensifying.
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82. Zachary Labe
12:48 AM GMT on April 28, 2009
TheRasberryPatch- I hope so. I was not pleased with my cucumber plants last year. All we can ask is to not have another May like last year or even an August like last year. Not having one 90degree day in August is pretty darn strange, so I doubt it will occur again.
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81. TheRasberryPatch
12:44 AM GMT on April 28, 2009
sounds great hurigo. so the choppers are running. Mmmmmmm one of my favorite fish. most people don't care for them, but i love them.

Blizz - i am sure they will be out. keep looking for them. i think last year i planted the first of May my summer vegetables. i planted 10 pickling cucumber plants and they produced so well. i think i had cucumbers by mid June and up until the end of July. I had baskets of them.
I think this year i will wait until May 10th or so to plant my warm weather vegetables.
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80. hurigo
12:39 AM GMT on April 28, 2009
YES. We saw what hubby said he thought was a blue in the shallows this past weekend. Dolphin were swimming in four different pods. All the fishes are happy. The osprey and pelicans looked pleased too!

and i'm craving potatoesandcelery.
Hubby's cooked some grilled onions which I am about to devour.

Enjoy the evening.
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79. Zachary Labe
12:36 AM GMT on April 28, 2009
TheRasberryPatch- Our local flower nursery put out cucumber plants, while I think it is too early, I did browse a bit. I remembered you talking about pickling cucumbers, but I did not see them. It is early, so hopefully they get some in when I am ready in mid May.
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78. TheRasberryPatch
12:33 AM GMT on April 28, 2009
hurigo - Blizz and i had just mentioned fishing a day or so ago. I love to saltwater fish. And to surf fish is so peaceful. for me its almost like meditation, i think. haha Are the blues running?

My potatoes have been in the ground for over a week now. I am looking forward to some home grown potatoes as well as the rest of the garden. can't wait for the cucumbers. the pickling kind are the best and you get so many. i eat B&B pickles year round and have even a few jars left over from the year before.

Glad the fire was put out Blizz. not a good sight to see, i bet.
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77. Zachary Labe
12:16 AM GMT on April 28, 2009
hurigo- Thanks! Gladdened to see your return and hear you feeling better! My celery is doing great although I am not sure if it is liking this early heat, lol. No potatoes here but my peas are doing well, they are a few inches tall. Even though I planted them way early, they did not suffer from the cold at all. This weather sure is nutsy; I am surprised they are ok. Last Monday it was freezing with gusty winds, rain, and 40s. Now we are breaking record highs this Monday.

TheRasberryPatch- My RH values were in the upper 20s most of the day today. There was a bad fire miles from my home this evening up on a hilltop. The low humidity certainly did not help the situation. The smoke was as dark as night, it looked like smoke from a bad California wildfire. Anyway our wonderful fire company I believe got it under control. Hopefully everyone was alright. Making a conclusion on the smoke I would not be suprised if it was a propane tank explosion. It sure had the neighbors out and talking, not much happens around here which I guess is a good thing. I think the most interesting thing around here in the last few years was a loose goat from the farm nextdoor that escaped through my neighborhood, lol.
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76. hurigo
12:04 AM GMT on April 28, 2009
Hey Patch,
Now ya'll know it drives me crazy when you talk celery to me. I never did complete my celery seed from the spice rack experiment, but i do have another celery heart sitting above the stink (I mean sink).

Did ya'll see that exciting Yankees and Sox game?

Got to go catch some suppa. Will try to drive for first time since injury tomorrow. Will report back.

And when I do come back I expect to see good stories about May peas and potato plantings.
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75. TheRasberryPatch
11:46 PM GMT on April 27, 2009
nice to see you back on the blog, hurigo and glad to hear you didn't get hurt too bad. you need to be careful. don't be such a stranger. btw - Blizz and I have our celery in the gardens now.

Blizz - i notice the air is very dry. i am at 24% RH. i guess somethng we get this time of the year with the heat. what is amazing is the spread of RH throughout the area. i see it in the teens on some and others up to 40%.

i hope the week isn't too dreary. we could use some more rain though.

Mason how is the new station working out for you?
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74. hurigo
11:11 PM GMT on April 27, 2009
Very nice blog blizz, but that's what we have come to expect from you. I so enjoyed the pictures and the earth day inspired tips.

It was another hot day here and I see it was for you also. We're expecting temps to go down to upper 80s tomorrow and then Wed-Fri in the seventies with chances of rain. We FINALLY got the two roofs fixed so hubby is calling for heavy rain to see how well they work. They had to disconnect the AC to put the new roofs on, but we were not expecting this heat. Good thing we have lots of fans.

I fell about two weeks ago and sustained some injuries. Good news is I talked to doctor today and she is pretty confident that I am healing well and should be back to "normal" in another week. I know I'm getting better because I am "keyboarding" again and it feels great.
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73. Zachary Labe
8:40 PM GMT on April 27, 2009
TheRasberryPatch- Tomorrow will be even more humid and may feature a few showers/storms around the state. The rain this week will be scattered and convective which could add up the totals. I did not get a blog out yesterday so next weekly forecast blog will be out not until Saturday. I am slacking I know, hahahaha. I do not think the week will be as dreary as forecasts may look. Sun should break out every now and then.
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72. TheRasberryPatch
8:23 PM GMT on April 27, 2009
btw - Blizz. you haven't put in a week forecast. from the website it appears starting wednesday we will have rain or showers through the weekend.
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71. TheRasberryPatch
8:21 PM GMT on April 27, 2009
Another summer day, huh Blizz.

my high so far is 88F. a low of 59F this morning. that is summer
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70. Zachary Labe
7:01 PM GMT on April 27, 2009
90degrees here. My goodness if tomorrow is 90 or above my records will support an official heatwave; 3 or more consecutive days above 90.
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69. lawntonlookers
12:03 PM GMT on April 27, 2009
Blizz: No garden this year. I usually check in on your blog once a day, but sometimes don't post. It sure was hot yesterday. Last Monday you needed a coat, this Monday shorts. Strange weather.
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68. Mason803
9:41 AM GMT on April 27, 2009
blizzard92,

i had clouds too. it made for a colorful sunset.

TRP,

those highs were from my offical mmts temperature senor from nws so your numbers seem ok to me.
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67. ronni9
3:06 AM GMT on April 27, 2009




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66. Zachary Labe
3:02 AM GMT on April 27, 2009
TheRasberryPatch- The natural orographic lift was just enough to keep some cumulus forming over the ridgetops. I found during low inversion days with a stratus deck I sometimes lack clearing of clouds 4hours after areas a few miles to my south see clearing all because of the orographic lift. Elevation is pretty interesting and makes all the better challenge for forecasting in Pennsylvania.
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65. TheRasberryPatch
1:58 AM GMT on April 27, 2009
i don't recall any clouds over my house. it was bright sunshine in my area. maybe some cirrus clouds scattered.

from Mason's report my highs are right on with his.

87.4F yesterday and 89.5F today

beautiful night and hardly any bugs to bother you outside.
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