A novice gardener's perspective 2009...

By: Zachary Labe , 6:13 PM GMT on July 10, 2009

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Good afternoon!!! It is that time of year where I enjoy posting a vegetable gardening blog where I share my pictures and experiences with different types of vegetables and others can also share their pictures and experiences. Last year this blog was a big hit with quite a bit of pictures and people posting and I hope that is the same case for this year too. I have always thought that weather/gardening/photography all go hand-in-hand in similar subject matter and many of us here are attracted to Weatherunderground thanks to those subject matters. I have not been vegetable gardening for too long just about two years for my full garden, but I did grow just plain green beans a few previous years in a very small plot of land which has greatly been expanded recently.

My garden- I now have three 6x2x2 wooden boxes with non-treated wood. These boxes allowed my to create raised boxes which pose several advantages. One being I can create the type of soil that I choose too. In this case I add rich nutrient filled garden soil for a base with a mixture of hummus/manure throughout it along with a mixture of peat moss to aeriate the soil. This year I add a third box to the combination. Also I decided to add a few pots to the mix and instead of taking up room in the boxes; I made a herb pot and pot for the large Early Girl Tomato plant. Then my other garden is on the westside of my home in the ground on top of a small hill which allows the rain water to drain. I used my rich nutrient filled mountain valley soil from Blue Mountain which still has nutrients from the foothills and farm that previously occupied the site. I also enjoy boasting that I have some of the best soil in the Harrisburg region. Anyways this plot of land houses my other vegetables and two blueberry bushes. This area of land is not overly large, but serves it's purpose. In the future I would love to expand and create a small raised bed for a strawberry patch. The year's harvest seems to be slightly lacking in comparison to last year probably thanks to this unusual cool and damp weather we have been having. But the cool weather did allow my large lettuce crop to last through mid June. So here are my experiences this year with different types of vegetables. The pictures posted are all of my garden from this year. Warning: This is the most closely packed use of square foot gardening you have ever seen. Below are also pictures of other gardens around the yard including my miniature water garden and brand new shade garden. I hope this garden inspires others to post their pictures and advice here in the gardening blog. I will be back posting weather blogs in a few day. Happy Gardening!!!

Red/Yellow Onions- I planted my onion sets in early March as I tend to push the boundaries for certain things in terms of planting too early. Anyways my plan was to thin out the onions when they became scallion size and leave the remaining onions to grow into full onion bulbs. This would allow me to get normal sized onions and scallions also. This worked very well and currently my onions are just about beginning to really turn brown on the top and die off. They will likely need picking in a week or two's time. Onions are the prettiest of sights when they get to a certain size as the rain and wind and the heavy shoots bend them over. Also as you can see throughout my garden I did plant marigolds which adds a bit of color and attracts beneficial insects such as bees for pollination.


Garlic- I planted the garlic back in early March along with my onion sets as I read that garlic as two growing seasons with one being in the time frame over the winter in which you plant the garlic in the late fall for picking in next year's early summer or you plant in early Spring for a late summer harvest. The late Summer harvest is what I am shooting for and hopefully everything works out. I have never planted garlic before, but just a week ago I did pull a bulb as I didn't have any garlic cloves from the grocery store for the pasta dish so I thought I would see what would happen if I picked one from the garden. It turned out that the bulb was pretty large with cloves inside so I was ever so pleased. I cannot wait to see what they look like in the end of Summmer as I use garlic in all dinner dishes. As similar to the onions, the garlic is bent over by the pounding wind and rain this summer and also by how heavy the shoots are.


Radish- I have planted two batches of radishes this year; I planted my first seeds in the mid March time frame and just recently I planted a Summer variety about two weeks ago. I enjoy throwing some radishes into salads and give many away to relatives and the neighbors. Many people enjoy a radish sandwich for lunch, but I am not one of them. I find that radishes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow as all you do is drop them in the ground, thin them out, and watch them grow with a little water. A word for the wise, becarefull not to grow your radishes in the same places as previous crops as small insects will begin to move in and eat away the radish bulbs. Crop rotation should be done for all of your plants every season as this allows an equal balance of nutrients in the soil, prevents disease, and allows for a more bountiful harvest.


Lettuce (Ithica, Buttercrunch, Romaine, Gourmet Bibb)- I went you could say a bit crazy in terms of lettuce this year planting 28 lettuce plants. I planted the lettuce in mid March and was unaffected by any frosts as I did protect them in a few of the sensitive nights. My favorite lettuce was the Romaine which had the least bitter flavor, keep in mind I despise bitter lettuce such as Arugula. Lettuce is also very easy to grow as I bought the plants at the local flower nursery and little care was needed after the initial planting other than harvesting. My lettuce bolted and went to seed much later than normal this year thanks to the cooler and damp weather this Summer. I finally lost my last lettuce plant in mid June, although some of my neighbors still haven't had their lettuce go to seed yet suprisingly.


Broccoli- So here it begins the sad saga of my broccoli plants. I planted six plants from the local nursery into my raised bed boxes. All plants began to grow six heads after a few weeks. But to much dismay one morning I went out to water and found that the plants were completely mauled to the ground by the leaping gazelle groundhog. All that was left was a bare stem and a small piece of a broccoli head with teeth marks in it. So for this year no broccoli was able to be harvested. Here though is a picture of the broccoli before it was eaten a few days later.


Cauliflower- This year was my first year to grow cauliflower and I took it at a slow pace by only planting four plants in mid March. I had no problems with pests and the cauliflower grew at a very fast rate. Harvest from the crop was in early June where I picked three large heads in which I boiled and then had a cheese sauce. The cauliflower tasted absolutely wonderful and is a must plant for next Spring.


Herbs (Leeks, Basil, Oregano, Chives, Parsley, and Cilantro)- This year I planted quite a bit of herbs in comparison to last year. I planted my leeks early in the season around early to mid March and planted them by full plants. I planted around 18-24 leeks plants with three leeks in each plant. The leeks still seem to have a ways to grow and I hope to use them in replacement for scallions in recipes and also use them for potato/leek chowder. My Basil I planted next to my tomatoes as they are companion plants and the basil gives a bit more flavor to the tomatoes. My Oregano, Chives, and Parsley are in a large pot together and have filled in the pot quite nicely and look very attractive. The oregano fills in the pot similar to a ground cover and also has a great flavor. This year I could not find the garlic chives, so they are regular chives. My parsley plant has recovered from the groundhog attack as knock on wood, the groundhog is gone. My cilantro is showing signs of dying and has gone to seed.


Snow Peas- This is my most unfortunate story of my vegetable gardening this year. Now gardening every year is an experience full of trial and tribulations and I think this constant trial and error fuels my interest in gardening every year. I planted snow pea seeds back in early March and they grew quite large to the point of flowers beginning to blossom. But one afternoon in May I came home and noticed the snow pea plants eaten down to the ground. Once again it was the case of the mysterious groundhog. So another plant I was not able to harvest thanks to annoying pests. This picture, though is a few weeks after I planted the seeds. The snow peas got a lot larger than this picture shows.


Blueberry Bushes- Two years ago back in the Fall I planted two different varieties of blueberry bushes and planted them next two each other so they would cross pollinate. Last season to my own stupidity I never put a net over the plants so the birds ate all my berries the very day they ripened. Well this year I am prepared and I put a net over the bushes to protect the berries. Blueberry bush care is very simple and only requires some pruning in the Spring, fertilizer once in the Spring and late Summer, and adding acidity to the soil. This year I do not have as many blueberries as last, but I read this is normal for young plants. My berries are beginning to ripen and will need picking towards the middle of next week. This picture is taken back in the early Spring.


Yellow Wax Beans- I grew green beans last year and decided to try yellow beans this year as there is nothing better than a little brown butter and yellow beans for a side dish. My bean plants are growing quite large and have quite a many flowers which will become beans in the coming weeks. I think I am going to have more beans than I know what I am going to do with. Last year I had many also which tasted wonderful so I hope this year will be the same.


Beets- Something new this year I am trying for an experiment is beets which I planted about two-three weeks ago where my snow peas once were. Beets grow similar to radishes but have a longer growing period until harvest. My beets seem healthy but are quickly becoming overcrowded by the yellow beans and mellon plants so it will be interesting to see how they do. I already thinned out the plants so they should have enough room between each seedling, the problem will be competing for root system space with the nearby plants. Also the beans have become so tall they block the sun from the beets part of the day.


Melon (Watermelon and Cantelope)- This is also something new I am trying this year and so far seems slightly successful. If anyone remembers last year I tried planting watermelon seeds, but the crazy flower nursery sold me eggplant seeds instead. Well this year I bought specifically watermelon whole plants and the vine is getting large with many flowers but I do not have much room so for now this is just sort of an experiment to see if I want to plant it better next year. I also am trying cantelope and once again room is definitely lacking, but I just noticed today that two very small melons have formed so I am crossing my fingers for the best.


Peppers- I am growing three Big Bertha Pepper plants this year and planted them early enough unlike last year in which I planted them way too late. I have quite many peppers growing right now and it appears there will definitely be too many and I will likely have to give most of them away. But with this cooler weather it is taking a while for the peppers to grow and ripen so until hot weather hits, the pepper growth will be small.


Tomatoes (Early Girl, Roma, Cherry, Grape)- I have four tomato plants of different varities growing and they all have small green tomatoes on them with some of them beginning to ripen especially on the grape and cherry tomato plants. I planted my basil plant near the Roma and Cherry tomato plant to add some additional flavor. My Early Girl tomato plant which is in a pot does seem to be having a few problems with some dead growth so I hope it does not have a disease.


Zucchini- I planted two zucchini plants this year in my new raised bed garden box and they seem to be growing very well with some needing to be picked very shortly. I was hoping to get another zucchini plant to put in an empty spot but it appears the flower nurserys are all sold out this year. These cool evenings do not seem to be helping growth and actually slowing the period of when the zucchini grow overnight.


Cucumber- I plant four pickling cucumber plants this year and hand-built two wooden trellises for them which the plants climbed perfectly. I have cucumbers all over the place some of which can be picked any day now. I did plant the plants a bit late this year so my harvest is a bit delayed in comparison to other gardeners.


Swiss Chard/Spinach- I attempted Spinach again this year, but once again it was another failure as was last year. Spinach seeds just do not seem to want to grow in my soil. So I planted six Swiss Chard plants which grow all Summer and it tastes wonderful. Chard adds color to the garden along with being a replacement for Spinach in recipes.


Celery- This is my first year for celery and it seems to continue to grow with finally some thicker stems which may need harvested in a few weeks. I am not sure how it is doing and it is more of an experiment this year.


Links...
Last year's gardening blog... Link.
Vegetable Gardening forum... Link.

"Here north of Harrisburg 2009 statistics"
(Severe Weather Stats...)
Severe Thunderstorm Watches- 3
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings- 5
Tornado Watches- 0
Tornado Warnings- 0
Total Thunderstorms- 23

(Precipitation Stats...)
Flood Watches- 1
Flood Warnings- 1
Monthly Precipitation- 1.42inches
Yearly Precipitation- 20.06inches

(Temperature Stats...)
Heat Advisories- 0
Excessive Heat Warnings- 0
90degree Days- 4
Highest Temperature- 92degrees

Gardens 2009 (Blizzard92)
Some of my gardens around the yard...
Gardens 2009
Vegetable Gardening 2009 (Blizzard92)
New Raised Bed Vegetable Garden
Vegetable Gardening 2009
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Some of the gardens around the yard...
Gardens 2009
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Some of the gardens around the yard...
Gardens 2009
Gardens 2009 (Blizzard92)
Some of the gardens around the yard...
Gardens 2009
Gardens 2009 (Blizzard92)
Some of the gardens around the yard...
Gardens 2009
Gardens 2009 (Blizzard92)
Some of the gardens around the yard...
Gardens 2009
Gardens 2009 (Blizzard92)
Some of the gardens around the yard...
Gardens 2009
Gardens 2009 (Blizzard92)
Some of the gardens around the yard...
Gardens 2009
Hail Storm... (Blizzard92)
The NWS in State College, Pennsylvania issued a severe thunderstorm warning for much of Dauphin County including my location 10miles NE of Harrisburg. At around 9:30 between nickel and penny sized hail fell for a period of 10-15minutes. The picture is blurry but you get the idea.
Hail Storm...
Gardens 2009 Cont: (Blizzard92)
These pictures are the gardens of my close relative who was featured in the Hershey Horticulture Garden 2009 Tour. She also won several first place Blue Ribbons for the Hershey Garden Contest and received an Honorable Mention George Weigel Award for Koi Ponds. She is located up here in the Harrisburg vicinity.
Gardens 2009 Cont:
Gardens 2009 Cont: (Blizzard92)
These pictures are the gardens of my close relative who was featured in the Hershey Horticulture Garden 2009 Tour. She also won several first place Blue Ribbons for the Hershey Garden Contest and received an Honorable Mention George Weigel Award for Koi Ponds. She is located up here in the Harrisburg vicinity.
Gardens 2009 Cont:
Gardens 2009 Cont: (Blizzard92)
These pictures are the gardens of my close relative who was featured in the Hershey Horticulture Garden 2009 Tour. She also won several first place Blue Ribbons for the Hershey Garden Contest and received an Honorable Mention George Weigel Award for Koi Ponds. She is located up here in the Harrisburg vicinity.
Gardens 2009 Cont:
Gardens 2009 Cont: (Blizzard92)
These pictures are the gardens of my close relative who was featured in the Hershey Horticulture Garden 2009 Tour. She also won several first place Blue Ribbons for the Hershey Garden Contest and received an Honorable Mention George Weigel Award for Koi Ponds. She is located up here in the Harrisburg vicinity.
Gardens 2009 Cont:
Gardens 2009 Cont: (Blizzard92)
These pictures are the gardens of my close relative who was featured in the Hershey Horticulture Garden 2009 Tour. She also won several first place Blue Ribbons for the Hershey Garden Contest and received an Honorable Mention George Weigel Award for Koi Ponds. She is located up here in the Harrisburg vicinity.
Gardens 2009 Cont:
Gardens 2009 Cont: (Blizzard92)
These pictures are the gardens of my close relative who was featured in the Hershey Horticulture Garden 2009 Tour. She also won several first place Blue Ribbons for the Hershey Garden Contest and received an Honorable Mention George Weigel Award for Koi Ponds. She is located up here in the Harrisburg vicinity.
Gardens 2009 Cont:
Gardens 2009 Cont: (Blizzard92)
These pictures are the gardens of my close relative who was featured in the Hershey Horticulture Garden 2009 Tour. She also won several first place Blue Ribbons for the Hershey Garden Contest and received an Honorable Mention George Weigel Award for Koi Ponds. She is located up here in the Harrisburg vicinity.
Gardens 2009 Cont:
Gardens 2009 Cont: (Blizzard92)
These pictures are the gardens of my close relative who was featured in the Hershey Horticulture Garden 2009 Tour. She also won several first place Blue Ribbons for the Hershey Garden Contest and received an Honorable Mention George Weigel Award for Koi Ponds. She is located up here in the Harrisburg vicinity.
Gardens 2009 Cont:
Gardens 2009 Cont: (Blizzard92)
These pictures are the gardens of my close relative who was featured in the Hershey Horticulture Garden 2009 Tour. She also won several first place Blue Ribbons for the Hershey Garden Contest and received an Honorable Mention George Weigel Award for Koi Ponds. She is located up here in the Harrisburg vicinity.
Gardens 2009 Cont:
Gardens 2009 Cont: (Blizzard92)
These pictures are the gardens of my close relative who was featured in the Hershey Horticulture Garden 2009 Tour. She also won several first place Blue Ribbons for the Hershey Garden Contest and received an Honorable Mention George Weigel Award for Koi Ponds. She is located up here in the Harrisburg vicinity.
Gardens 2009 Cont:
Gardens 2009 Cont: (Blizzard92)
These pictures are the gardens of my close relative who was featured in the Hershey Horticulture Garden 2009 Tour. She also won several first place Blue Ribbons for the Hershey Garden Contest and received an Honorable Mention George Weigel Award for Koi Ponds. She is located up here in the Harrisburg vicinity.
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83. TheDawnAwakening
11:26 AM GMT on July 14, 2009
Thanks for the response Blizzard. Will there be a lot of MCSs in this time period?
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82. Zachary Labe
1:17 AM GMT on July 14, 2009
***New blog tomorrow morning!
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81. Zachary Labe
12:48 AM GMT on July 14, 2009
TheDawnAwakening- Well I am sure warmer temperatures than that of the last few weeks. But as far as severe weather, I do think disturbances will frequently be rotating in across the Northeast in late July through Early August so everyone is at risk.
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80. TheDawnAwakening
12:46 AM GMT on July 14, 2009
Blizzard - What would be in store for Cape Cod, MA during this pattern change?
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79. Zachary Labe
12:05 AM GMT on July 14, 2009
SBKaren- Thanks for sharing your pictures also! Not too sure about when to pick corn, but I am sure rasberrypatch would know.

sullivanweather- I still am not thinking above normal temperatures are instore for us quite yet. The pattern seems to be more of a zonal flow here across the north. But it seems to me the jet streak would definitely be located right across the northern Middle Atlantic for some nasty severe weather into early August. And then another cold negative NAO period into late August.

hurigo- Good evening! Cool weather up here in the evenings with possibly even 49 as far south as the mountain valleys in my area. Dewpoint here is 51 with clear skies and light winds, so quite possible tonight.
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78. hurigo
11:43 PM GMT on July 13, 2009
So Blizz, what's the snow forecast?!
what a strange summer this is.
Normally, we would be hazy, hot and humid.

I did get to swim in the Atlantic this weekend. It was B E A U T I F U L. Sunday was the first day, in a string of days, that we did not have rip current risk. It suited me fine. Those gently rolling waves were exquisite.
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77. sullivanweather
11:38 PM GMT on July 13, 2009
At least it finally appears that we'll be leaving this pattern behind next week. Unfortunately, with the trough axis simply retrograding to 85-90°W it'll be getting humid and stormy. Who knows, maybe we'll finally get above normal. Maybe above 60°F at night?! Maybe, just maybe something tropical will develop off the East Coast/Bahamas with lowered pressures expected there as the oceanic ridge builds north.

A break from the monotony soon!
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76. SBKaren
11:30 PM GMT on July 13, 2009
Blizzard -thanks for such a good blog and for sharing the beautiful pictures of your relatives garden. You BOTH have beautiful gardens!

My corn is coming along and I'm just curious as to when to pick it. It doesn't feel fully grown to me yet, or maybe I'm just trying to compare it to the grocery store!



The garden


My 2nd set of green beans (lower left corner) are doing better than the first set. Sugar snap peas didn't produce much at all!




My zucchini keep blooming, and then dying when they are finger sized! 2nd tomato plants has tomatoes, pumpkin is really taking off (I'm steering it towards the quickly dying sugar snap peas) and green pepper isn't anything to write home about.

This is my biggest surprise - lettuce again! It is growing so fast I swear I can watch it!



This was my lettuce a month ago!


Strawberries are petering out but not stopped yet.
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75. Zachary Labe
11:22 PM GMT on July 13, 2009
Quoting TheDawnAwakening:
Blizzard, the 18z RUC seems to bring a finger of instability up the coast as does most of the guidance. Perhaps just showers or partly cloudy skies. Thursday looks to be interesting severe weather wise, although the 18z GFS appears to have once again weakened its parameters from the 12z run.

Timing is my concern for later this week, but it still remains in question. Debris clouds may also be an inhibiting factor too.
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74. TheDawnAwakening
10:12 PM GMT on July 13, 2009
Blizzard, the 18z RUC seems to bring a finger of instability up the coast as does most of the guidance. Perhaps just showers or partly cloudy skies. Thursday looks to be interesting severe weather wise, although the 18z GFS appears to have once again weakened its parameters from the 12z run.
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73. Zachary Labe
9:58 PM GMT on July 13, 2009
TheDawnAwakening- It is finally warming, but SSTs along the east coast from North Carolina on northward are still slightly below normal.

TheRasberryPatch- Thanks! New blog coming out soon detailing all about this unusual summer weather and past summer weather similar to the Middle Atlantic Winter blog I posted this January.
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72. TheRasberryPatch
9:44 PM GMT on July 13, 2009
lovely pictures Blizz.

that is very interesting the topic you and sully were discussing. i seem to recall back in the summer of 2005 not sure if it was July or August, but we had heat indices in the 100's. believe me i remember it well. i was building something outside and it took me 4 days in the heat. i would come in at the end of the day and be completely soaked. well really that was after the first 30 mins.
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71. TheDawnAwakening
9:22 PM GMT on July 13, 2009
Warm today, SW wind is very strong this afternoon and very warm wind, not the sea breeze feeling wind, which leads me to believe that the ocean to my south is warming. Also the dew point is at 60F.
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70. Zachary Labe
9:20 PM GMT on July 13, 2009
spathy- Thanks! For now knock on wood the groundhog has not had any sightings in nearly a month.
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68. Zachary Labe
8:54 PM GMT on July 13, 2009
sullivanweather- Harrisburg only managed to hit 96degrees last summer and the previous summer. The hot weather of last June was not directly confined here in southern PA. We definitely escaped the brunt of it.
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67. sullivanweather
8:50 PM GMT on July 13, 2009
The last extreme heat wave I remember is August 2006. The first few days of that month were 95-102 across the urban corridor. Since then the heat hasn't been anything abnormal. We did have a couple mid to upper 90's last June but even then the humidity wasn't terrible with that heat wave.

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66. Zachary Labe
8:43 PM GMT on July 13, 2009
sullivanweather- I was looking through some statistics today as I am writing a new blog about this cool weather and extended period of negative NAO; anyways did you know Bradford, PA has not had a 90degree temperature since August 2001. Pretty impressive and really when you think about it there has definitely been a lack of heat the last few summers.
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65. sullivanweather
8:40 PM GMT on July 13, 2009
I suspect that we should get down to at least the same temperatures tonight. Dewpoint right now is only 41°F. Yesterday it was running about 45°F and we made it right down to the dewpoint last night.

I don't think we get to 41°F tonight but maybe 43-44.
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64. Zachary Labe
8:36 PM GMT on July 13, 2009
sullivanweather- Wow that is wild!
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63. sullivanweather
8:27 PM GMT on July 13, 2009
45°F here this morning!

All the lakes and streams were cloaked in dense fog. It felt like the middle of September.
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62. Zachary Labe
7:43 PM GMT on July 13, 2009
***New Garden pictures starting after the hail picture.
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61. Zachary Labe
2:07 PM GMT on July 13, 2009
Mason803- I am still not so sure about that. I still sort of suspect August being a -.5degree type month. The troughing is still continuing in Northern Europe and that has to break for us to get maybe a Bermuda High in a favorable location. While we should have much warmer conditions in August, it still may end up slightly below normal.
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60. TheRasberryPatch
12:02 PM GMT on July 13, 2009
well i won't mind the three H's for a bit. i don't think i recall what they are either sully. i would guess the trough over us and the ridge in the south has to break.

a low of 57F
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59. sullivanweather
10:52 AM GMT on July 13, 2009
The three h's?

What's that? lol
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58. Mason803
9:22 AM GMT on July 13, 2009
KMDT is officially 4.1 degrees below normal so far for july. i've yet to hit 90 degrees this year. back when we had that warm spell i hit 89 twice but couldn't crack the 90 degree mark. i suspect that by aug. we'll have a pattern change with a ridge over us and the three h's in the forecast everyday.
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57. Zachary Labe
2:14 AM GMT on July 13, 2009
61degrees here at 10pm. Average low is 66.
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56. Zachary Labe
12:28 AM GMT on July 13, 2009
TheRasberryPatch- Yes it is wonderful. According to the KMDT official climate stats we have yet to hit 90degrees since April.
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55. TheRasberryPatch
11:10 PM GMT on July 12, 2009
not surprising Blizz. i have been wondering since June when would summer make a showing. it still hasn't shown up yet. pretty amazing. but you have to love this weather. i have my doors open and just letting the nice breeze through.
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54. Zachary Labe
9:42 PM GMT on July 12, 2009
TheRasberryPatch- It is supposedly impossible now a days to get the first half of a month with all below normal temperatures. Well we proved that wrong. Every day this month has had below normal temperatures.

TheDawnAwakening- I am glad you had some excitement.
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53. TheDawnAwakening
7:07 PM GMT on July 12, 2009
Blizzard - we got heavy, heavy rains and frequent dangerous lightning. I heard thunder like I have never heard thunder ever before. It woke me up last night. Anyways possibly some storms tomorrow afternoon and evening, with a better chance Wednesday through Friday.
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52. TheRasberryPatch
5:58 PM GMT on July 12, 2009
wow, Blizz. i got nothing like that. we just got heavy rain.

what a summer we are having for cool temps. at least we are getting the rain each week. not like the past couple of years where we are talking about drought conditions.
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51. Zachary Labe
4:24 PM GMT on July 12, 2009
Mason803- I haven't heard back in a while. In comment 42 I meant sending data to CWOP.

TheRasberryPatch- Yep those forecast lows are for central Pennsylvania. Bradford should get near 39degrees with here in the Lower Susquehanna Valley in the upper 40s. Records lows very possible.


*I suffered some hail damage upon inspection this morning with the blueberries hit hard along with hostas, ornamental grasses, bee baulm, oak trees hit the worst. Also a large weeping willow tree fell during the storm less than a block a way.
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50. TheRasberryPatch
12:31 PM GMT on July 12, 2009
is that forecast for lows for our region? it just doesn't seem possible for July

a beautiful morning
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49. Mason803
11:25 AM GMT on July 12, 2009
blizzard92- did u hear back from ctp yet? i read in #42 that you are getting ready to send data to nws. hope u got something going with them.
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48. Zachary Labe
8:43 AM GMT on July 12, 2009
Year without a summer...

ELSEWHERE ANTICIPATE FEW
CLOUDS...ALLOWING FOR STEADY RADIATIONAL COOLING. OVERNIGHT LOWS
WILL EASILY FALL INTO THE MID 40S ACROSS OUR NORTHERN ROW OF
COUNTIES...WITH A FEW LOCATIONS POSSIBLY FALLING INTO THE UPPER
30S.
CENTRAL/SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE FORECAST AREA SHUD FALL INTO
THE UPPER 40S TO MID 50S.-- End Changed Discussion --
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47. TheDawnAwakening
3:31 AM GMT on July 12, 2009
Blizzard - what do you mean black line? Should I stay up tonight, or should I go to bed? I normally don't stay up all night for these events. I go to sleep earlier now.
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46. Misheng
3:27 AM GMT on July 12, 2009
Your garden remind me of my grandparents who planted their vegetables top of our apartment.They always sent some of theirs to neighbors or relative.We all enjoy it.
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45. Zachary Labe
2:48 AM GMT on July 12, 2009
TheDawnAwakening- It is quite possible. Watch that line back in western New York for potential later.
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44. TheDawnAwakening
2:37 AM GMT on July 12, 2009
Blizzard- it seems that MCS will move towards SNE though? Also any thoughts on the NWS discussion for a possible Meso developing?
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43. TheRasberryPatch
2:26 AM GMT on July 12, 2009
i am suprised with these storms there werent outages. it seemed like these typed of storms cause outages frequently in the summer
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42. Zachary Labe
2:20 AM GMT on July 12, 2009
TheRasberryPatch- Hahaha... One of these days. Actually before I send in data I plan on moving my anemometer to a new and improved location. Still raining here, but .86inches so far. Believe me if you got hail you would have heard it; it sounded like the roof was falling in.
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41. TheRasberryPatch
2:14 AM GMT on July 12, 2009
that is exciting Blizz. Congratulations. maybe now you can afford to put up your data with NWS. hahaha

i can't believe on the little bit of time i am almost at 1" of rain. two little storms and i am at 0.88" of rain. don't think i got any hail, but didn't look since it was evening.
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40. Zachary Labe
2:05 AM GMT on July 12, 2009
TheDawnAwakening- Thanks! Looks like the MCS formed a bit farther south than forecasters thought, instead of New England it formed in eastern Pennsylvania under the jet streak.
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39. TheDawnAwakening
2:01 AM GMT on July 12, 2009
Congrats Blizzard. Hope your garden holds together.
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38. Zachary Labe
1:31 AM GMT on July 12, 2009
Nickel sized hail here. The picture is after a few minutes of melting time. My garden!!! My first official NOAA storm report, how exciting!

0131 88 LINGLESTOWN DAUPHIN PA 4034 7679 (CTP)
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37. Zachary Labe
1:20 AM GMT on July 12, 2009
TheRasberryPatch- .19inches. This storm is barreling down on me. According to WU radar it has 2.25inch diameter hail. Now that is always off, but still that is impressive.
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36. TheRasberryPatch
1:19 AM GMT on July 12, 2009
it just started raining hard again...with some lightning and thunder.

how is your rain totals so far blizz.
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35. Zachary Labe
1:09 AM GMT on July 12, 2009
Big severe thunderstorm warning including many of us.
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
MONTOUR COUNTY IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...
SNYDER COUNTY IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...
COLUMBIA COUNTY IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...
EASTERN UNION COUNTY IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...

* UNTIL 930 PM EDT

* AT 827 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING PENNY SIZE
HAIL...AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE
LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 16 MILES NORTHWEST OF DELAWARE
RUN TO NEW COLUMBIA TO 7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF FREMONT...AND MOVING
EAST AT 35 MPH.
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34. Zachary Labe
12:35 AM GMT on July 12, 2009
TheRasberryPatch- A lot of CTC lightning in these storms.

geepy86- Thanks! The reported tornadoes were north of my location.
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33. geepy86
12:26 AM GMT on July 12, 2009
Hope the bad weather misses you.
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