General weather and gardening in Oracle AZ, at the northern tip of the Santa Catalina mountain range, north of Tucson.
By: strid3r, 10:07 PM GMT on March 29, 2012
A week after the turkey vultures arrived, and the irises and lilacs started to blossom, Oracle was hit with good snow storm that left at least 4 inches on the ground. As the cold front moved in rain turned to snow, heavy at times and continued through the day ending March 19. My weather station recorded total precipitation for both day was a much needed 1.25 inches!
It's been getting warmer each day since...Spring is back with clear skies, just in time to see the moon, Jupiter and Venus together in the evening sky to the west, with Mars in the east. Venus reached greatest spring elongation on March 27 (farthest from sunset thus its highest point in the sky).
Updated: 1:56 AM GMT on April 05, 2012
By: strid3r, 6:56 PM GMT on March 10, 2012
I noticed just yesterday that a few of the iris plants have flower stalks coming up, not a lot, but it's a sign that Spring is around the corner. Weather's been on the cool side lately, and last year, when the iris blooms were showing up we had a snow storm which hampered them. Well, hopefuly we're done with snow for the season.
Also, over the past week or so, the lilac bush has been spouting green leaves.
Yet Spring is not officially here in Oracle until the turkey vultures arrive...
|Dew Point:||33.9 °F|
|Wind Gust:||6.0 mph|
Updated: 9:35 AM MST on November 25, 2015