Day by Day in NW Montana - August 2012

By: bionicdan , 3:35 AM GMT on August 02, 2012

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August 2012 - Weather Summary

20120801: Repeating - Clear warm dry and Nice!
20120802: MCdy AM Vcdy day -showers Sunny evening but TS near late PM
20120803: Clear to PCdy Cooler with afternoon Cu and nice conditions
20120804: Clear Mild Dry Very nice
20120805: Clear Warm Dry Nice "Makin' hay day!"
20120806: VCdy High clouds Dry Warm evening
20120807: Clear Warm Dry - More hay baling - Creek inflow stopped today
20120808: Sun and cloud mix Warm Dry
20120809: Clear warm day - Hay making across town
20120810: Clear Hazy Smoke Dust - Warm day
20120811: Clear again with smoke and haze Warm and dry
20120812: Clear with haze and smoke Warm and dry continues
20120813: Clear hazy day Smoke, dust and Warm to hot conditions
20120814: Clear Warm Dry Breezy late PM
20120815: Rain ovnt MClear AM Cu and Cdy to Mcdy day Cleared late PM
20120816: Cool ovnt Clear nice day
20120817: Clear dry Cool AM Nice mild day
20120818: Clear and cool ovnt Warm to Hot dry day
20120819: High clouds AM to mid morning Sunny warm dry rest of day
20120820: Red AM sky with haze and smoke Clear day TS SE with sprinkle here
20120821: Hazy sun AM Cdy with mid day TS -Rn Vcdy cooler afternoon
20120822: Light TS 4-6AM Mostly sunny nice day
20120823: Clear day Nice Cool AM - getting dark sooner at last animal check
20120824: Cdy east AM VCdy with cumulus Cooler = August Singularity Day
20120825: Clear Light frost AM Sunny mild day Nice!
20120826: Sun through hazy smoke filled sky Cdy early evening MClear late PM
20120827: Smoke Hazy Sunshine Warm to Hot and dry and dusty
20120828: Clear Hazy Dry Warm
20120829: Clouds east Clear west AM Sunny day Breezy Cooler
20120830: Clear Cool AM Sunny Mild nice day
20120831: Clear and cool again AM Sunny day Still haze and smoke in the air. Some evening clouds.

Additional images pending.


August 1, 2012 - The NEW Baler (Manufactured dates: 8/64-7/66) after finishing pasture four baling
Hay Baler, August 1, 2012. Hay baler after baling pasture four.

Notes: Summer tasks have taken a lot of time and resulted in falling behind in keeping my blog posting up-to-date. (I'll catch up eventually).

Update 08/23/2012 regarding this baler: It worked well for 155 bales in the pasture shown in the photo; 70 in an upper pasture area; 30 from another small area; and 295 in cutting areas across town. Then, it broke after baling three more bales here at the ranch. Another baler was used to complete the "baling season".

Season statistics:
o Baler Number 1: Broke during first row pickup -- out for the season (parts needed for repair not received)
o Baler from neighbor used to bale
o Purchased used baler from a neighbor
-- Baled pasture cut at the ranch plus other close fields
-- Crossed town to cut and bale there
-- Swather broke after using for 2-days
-- Cutting done by someone else to finish getting the hay down (his swather broke with 2-rows left to cut)
-- Baled all cut grass to get 295 bales
o Returned to ranch
-- Cut remaining pastures at the ranch with a neighbor's swather
-- Baler broke after baling three bales -- out for the season
-- Neighbor's baler used to bale 382 bales at the ranch
o Season summary : Approximately 1000 bales generated
-- Broken baler #1
-- Broken swather
-- Broken baler #2

Fall and Winter projects have been established!

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3. bionicdan
3:17 AM GMT on August 27, 2012
shore: The baler looks like it could have some parts old enough for mine! I'll have to look for one in the area!

The seasonal change is in the air here in NW Montana. A couple of days ago we had our date of August Singularity. The maximum was in the mid-60's. Yesterday there was a light frost on the deck. Snow fell at elevations above 8000'. The firewood pile is stocked; bring it on!
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2. shoreacres
12:58 PM GMT on August 25, 2012
Think you could use this one for parts? ;)

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1. shoreacres
12:53 PM GMT on August 25, 2012
Ohmigosh - just reading through that list of events is enough to wear me out. Thank goodness you still have your sense of humor intact - you could very easily have ended up baleful. ;)

I've not been very good at keeping up through August, myself. I did notice two mornings without heavy dew last week, and the birds are starting to group up a bit. I'm ready for the season to turn so working in such heat and humidity isn't so much of a pain.

On the other hand, none of my brushes has broken. I should count my blessings!
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