The Year It Was Weird


This has been such a strange year. After the worst flood this state has seen in many, many decades (or more, they called it the Thousand Year Flood), we’ve had NO rain. I guess we got it all at once. The creeks are bone dry, and even the springs aren’t doing much. There’s a lot of bucket-filling to keep the animals in water. And the temperatures–in late September!–are still in the 90s, which is unseasonably hot for this area when fall is normally a lovely time. This year it’s just plain sweaty hot. I wonder what it all means for this winter. Last winter was a hard winter with some of the greatest snowfalls here in years. Will a harsh winter followed by a flood then months of hot, dry weather lead into a milder than normal winter? I can but hope….

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on September 23, 2016  

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  1. 9-23

    Have been wondering how Winter will play out, too. With all the rain, recently in IA, WI, and MN, I’m glad it’s not snow. BUT relief is coming. Our high for Monday will be 69. So the cooler air should be coming your way a few days later.

  2. 9-23

    It has been so hot and dry here in my part of SC that all the hickory nuts turned black and fell off the trees about three months ago. All the trees except for the biggest oaks and hickories looked wilted and we haven’t mowed our front yard grass in over a month.

  3. 9-23

    Thank you! I was starting to think that I was the only one that thought this was a strange Summer. Usually our garden does so well, my tomatoes grown so high the fall over even on the tall stakes and we have more tomatoes than we know what to do with, this year, very different, that plants didnt even reach the tops of the stakes and looked sort of puny I fed them as I always did, didnt help, some of my flowers didnt hardly grew at all. Rain? We had plenty in the Spring than very little, once in a while a huge rain but not the kind we needed. I am wondering about the Winter, some reports say we will have more snow than normal, but I am not sure what the even means—what is a “normal” Winter?

  4. 9-23

    Now of course, I don’t know how true this is, but I heard someone say they had read in the Farmers Almanac and also heard from weather forecasters, that this winter is supposed to be worse than last winter…colder and more snow! I sure hope not – last winter was miserable, and the electric bill was outrageous!! :dancingmonster:

  5. 9-24

    Winter 2016/17 should be a weak La Nina season so weather forecasters tell us to generally expect lots of cold here in the upper Midwest.

    West Virginia is kind of on the boundary. You are already seeing their prediction of drier than usual weather this fall and its supposed to continue into the winter for the southeast US. BUT just north of you lots of snow is predicted and it could well drop down in a big storm. There’s a big blob of really warm air hovering off the northwest US that they’re watching closely to affect the winter weather for everyone so there could be a lot of unpredictable storms.

  6. 9-27

    What do the wooly worms look like? Their coloring is supposed to predict the severity of the winter. :yes:

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