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About tamarack

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  • Birthday 03/10/1946

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    New Sharon, Maine
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  1. Blocks airflow when not in use. Why burn kilowatts on a low-mid 60s overnight (the usual for most of summer's "warm waves" here) when the wide open window would provide all the cooling needed?
  2. Refers to last Thursday, first 90+ since 2005 at my place.
  3. When my son was "lumping" trucks for Associated Grocers, this was what he was advised to watch out for when unloading bananas.
  4. There's probably a 90%+ chance that Thursday's 91 will be the hottest of the year. I hope not to use AC at all. However, should we get into a long run of high 60s/low 70s dews I might install the window unit in the downstairs bedroom. Last time it was in play was for that kind of stretch in 2013.
  5. This was worth a chuckle. The low just barely crept under 30; with an instrument that gave fractions it would probably have been hovering between 29.4 and 29.5, but it goes in the records as 29.
  6. The greatest wind effect on vegetation may be in winter, when it blows away most of the snow then desiccates anything sticking above the pack. Is the krummholz zone considered as above or below tree line?
  7. Frost on car roofs this morning, after a classic C-o-C day yesterday. Moderate blackflies in the woods (was walking a friend's woodlot), but breezy enough so the bugs didn't do much damage. These past 6 days have featured frosts on Tuesday and this morning, sandwiching my first 90+ in 12 years on Thursday.
  8. IMO, soil (meaning: lack of) and summer temps are the most important factors, but wind plays a part, which undoubtedly becomes more important as the first two approach the limits. I've never climbed Monadnock, but the GE imagery shows the above-trees area to be mainly ledge, with what looks like bog-type plants in the small hollows, where there's probably only organic soil (undoubtedly with low pH.)
  9. Downsloping W/NW breeze FTW as CAR tied for its hottest on record. (I was insulating the attic of my very small 2-story that morning - probably 140+ up there as I finished about 11 AM.) The heat wave ended with a ripping TS late morning of the 25th. Nickel-size hail threatened to break our windows and obliterated my very young garden; plants were not merely crushed, there was no evidence they'd ever been there. Of course, I missed all the fun, except the garden re-plant, as I was working about 10 miles west of Allagash. There we saw only a gust front that toppled some snags and a spritz of rain as the action was getting under way just to our east. The "era of the 1970s" caught my interest, because the previous decade was relatively cold as well, yet included NYC's hottest (until 2010 eclipsed it) and driest met summer on record, 1966. Four days topped 100, and the 3-day July 4th weekend highs were 100, 103 (107 @ LGA) and 98. Not hoping for a hot Saturday repeat. We went blueberry picking in Gouldsboro that morning, and by the time we quit there were jokes about sprinkling sugar on the bushes to make jam right in the field. Then we drove to Mt. Desert, where BHB hit 101 with toes in Frenchman's Bay. The relatively shallow water just south of Otter Cliffs was actually almost warm, not the usual 55°.
  10. Found this in a Sugarloaf chat site: 1908: A great forest fire in July burned from Burnt Mtn. across the north side of Sugarloaf and west of the Caribou Pond Road toward Crocker Mountain with a total loss of about 5500 acres. It nearly burned the village of Bigelow and the railroad had a rescue train standing by to remove the residents and their possessions if necessary but the fire came only within one-half mile of Bigelow. This fire provided some of the above treeline skiing on Sugarloaf Mountain which we enjoy today. The Bangor Daily's centennial article on the fires of 1908 (3rd worst 1900 on, behind 1903 and 1947) noted widespread fires, with the most acres burned in Somerset County. Sugarloaf summit is in Franklin, but only 6 miles from the county line. The article had no mention of Sugarloaf, not that anything is proved thereby. Perhaps the fire enlarged an natural bald, as the climate/site tree line is probably lower than 4,250'.
  11. 1 PM: MHT 87, FVE 48 (with N winds 23) Of course, FVE only made it up to 89 yesterday.
  12. Need to go up north for that. May 22-24, 1977 at CAR had 96/95/94. They just missed 370 days later with 92/89/89. I don't have my Ft. Kent records handy, but recall having the 3-day runs each year, 93/93/92 in 1977 and 95/90/92 (IIRC) in 1978. (We lived on the flats away from water then, and thus got hotter than the FK co-op spitting distance from the Fish River, which was still running high with water temps in the 40s.) That map only shows the days departure, not the months. The past couple of days only moved my average temp from coldest May average to 6th coldest May since 1985. The past two days, plus today thanks to a cheap obs-time high of 77 last evening, will total 40-42° of AN departure, pulling my 3° BN for May 1-16 down to about -0.5. I'm guessing the month ends within 1° of my average for May.
  13. Given the success of the nuclear navy, in which hundreds of reactors are operated in very close proximity to staff, maybe their knowledge would allow a better/safer nuclear power supply. (It's true, of course, that the military is never very forthcoming about its failures. However, the first nukes went to sea about 60 years ago, and if there were ongoing or latent health/safety issues arising during those decades, I doubt it could be fully covered up, any more than Agent Orange was.) What we need to do is resurrect Admiral Rickover and put him in charge.
  14. we're (GYX and CAR) issuing this until the water hits 60 degrees (about July, or maybe never in CAR's case). Fighting snark with snark, I think that understates N.Maine water temps - "hypobole"? Once the lakes stratify, only the top few meters need to warm as temps remain 40 or lower below the thermocline. Upper layers reach mid-upper 60s for most places by high summer. CAR averages only about 3F cooler in July than PWM, with most of the difference in the minima, and since CAR is probably the sunnier of the two in July (less fog, at least), insolation does just fine there. That said, there have already been some coldwater tragedies in Maine/NH, so the warning seems appropriate.
  15. Kind of a semi-maritime climate, with the cool GOM nearly lapping at their obs site. Looking at their hottest days on record shows a distinct late-summer slant. They've had 5 triple-digit days and 5 at 99. Those ten included 3 in July and 7 in August. More than half of their 28 days at 97+ were in August, and July doesn't take the lead until one drops to 95+. Until yesterday, they had recorded just one day (94 on 5/21/21) prior to the 30th that topped 92.