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For me up here in Central NH I'm watching the cirrus back edge gallop NE bound quickly. I thought that main line in Vermont would really start intensifying and move east to give us the severe shot later as skies clear up here for at least a couple of hours. That line is not doing much of anything right now. Maybe more discrete cells will form over W Mass/ S VT and quickly move up here? Wind is really cranking with my SW exposure and Cu above are rapidly moving northbound... Once this cirrus get out of here its going to feel and look very tropical with blue skies, fast moving low Cu and higher temps...
3 hours ago, moneypitmike said:
I'm 20 years your junior by 20 years. I feel reminded of that every day.
I'm 10 years your junior by 10 years. I feel reminded of that every day too...
Ineedsnow. Enjoy your new "beast" They grow up way too fast. Savior every moment....Enjoy!
Dickie gone. Wow, that was a shock. I never met him but he seemed like a really nice guy!!
I'm 60 and grew up in the Boston area for much of my life. Always watched all 3 TV stations to get different input from the Mets. Dick was one of those Mets. Going all the way back to my childhood, my hero as a kid was Don Kent. He was the first generation of on air Mets for Boston. Don was an absolute legend in his time and I met him once. To me as a kid it was like meeting Babe Ruth. Then the next generation was Harvey, Barry, Bruce and Dick Albert. I know Harv and Barry as acquaintances but not Dick. Those were the days when on air Mets were Mets first and TV personalities second. Moved away from Boston in 2001. Now I don't even watch TV weather forecasting much. With the internet I can just look at the data myself and of course get the huge input from this board. AMWX is my number one go to.
This system is so far away that anything could happen. As an astronomy buff too, I am already starting to look ahead to potential large scale synoptic systems that could muck up this August 21rst total eclipse fromt the Tennessee Valley ESE to South Carolina. Pop up afternoon convection is one thing but a large tropical/synoptic system of some sort is another beast entirely. A hurricane is a long shot but some type of decaying system has higher odds. If this East Atlantic system would take the longer loop into the Gulf and then move NE in the flow the timing could screw up Aug 21rst for tens of millions. Although I enjoy tracking and watching hurricanes a large event right around Aug 21rst would add insult to injury. I am hoping for an out to sea solution!
Rapidly changing conditions in my area of Central NH. Slow moving small thunderstorms. Forming and dissipating over the same area for several hours. Only .15" at my house but much more just a few miles to my west. Went up my road to catch a sunset with a cell to my south. Then all at once a new cell formed and rapidly dropped a ton of rain with lightning strikes over the lake. Here are 4 images all taken in very short time. I could even hear the rain or the wind from this location. Note the rougher water below the rainshaft.
Thunderstorm is just sitting to my west by 5 miles. So much lightning and thunder over the past hour. Light rain here but must be getting tons just west of Newfound Lake. So close....will it drift east?
28 minutes ago, Damage In Tolland said:
Front always was coming in morning
Im going to call them now and tell them to reschedule till Sunday.... Kind of confused as Gray's discussion says around 0Z Sunday. That would put convection in the PM. Either way Sunday is safer....
Brian, I think that webcam is over on the NE side of lake Winni looking back towards your area?
Front approaches the region Saturday and crosses the region a few hours either side of 00Z Sun. This will put the best chc for convection mid afternoon into the evening. Depending on heating and subsequent destabilization of the atmosphere, could see strong to sever storms Sat afternoon/evening.
Jeez, 2 posts in a row from me...
Big antique car show up here in Dendrite Land on Saturday 10-2pm. They have asked me for a forecast and if they should reschedule till Sunday. I thought we were okay since fropa is later in the day and showers/storms would be after the show. Now I'm getting nervous. They can reschedule to Sunday but its a big deal with thousands of people coming. Waiting for the 12Z Euro but 12Z GFS shows me precip could come in earlier than 2pm. Thoughts for my backyard up here?
Quick question for you guys. Its 1pm. GOES 16 shows Cu moving north from SNE towards me in CNE. Up here there are some towering Cu and pop up showers but down there it looks like lower quick moving shallow clouds. Is that because the dewpoints are higher down there? It's just kind of interesting its all down there.
I think I posted this before....
Cu and Eclipses...
When I went to Aruba and watched the 3 minute AWESOME total eclipse in Feb 1998. Early afternoon in the tropics. We stayed at the Marriott right on the beach on the north side of the island. A 3 minute total. Wow, watching a total on a tropical beach is indescribable. Anyhow... South side of the island, 10-15 miles south had a bit longer eclipse. So many astronomers eclipse buffs decided to head there. About 30- 45 minutes before eclipse totality a Cu field formed on the south side of the island. Wow, a crazy traffic jam as everyone quickly relocated north. So lesson is, if the weather is good but there are Cu watch the direction and get ready to move quickly right before totality. One cloud at the wrong 2 minutes and your screwed. Cell service will probably be over stretched so getting 4G Satellite pictures and weather updates might be hard on Monday. Locate someplace that if you have to move you can! We are weather freaks so we know cloud direction potenial convective blow ups etc. Average Joe doesn't and will be hunkered down a couple of hours before totality. Have your car in a place you can move if necessary. Sure, large synoptic weather systems can be forecasted days before but afternoon scattered convection can not. Remember everything happens at totality...
2024 will be a better eclipse. Longer eclipse, wider totality path. Darker sky at centerline.... Early April can be very fickle but if you love this one (you will) you will already be thinking about the next. We had to book Aruba years in advance
2045 Looks to be even better. I'll be 89 years old so not thinking about that one too much!!
Few sprinkles here. Just south of me by 5 miles was a nice T storm with even some small hail. As it passed moved away an outflow boundary formed bringing clouds back northwest towards me. As they past my temperature dropped and a nice south breeze blew in. You can clearly see the boundary as it moves towards me from the departing storm. Can see the wind pick up as passes. Kind cool...
1 hour ago, IrishRob17 said:
I like in a park and I'm surrounded by farms, woodlands, and wet lands.
I live in a mostly forested area. A few open spaces around. House is 600 feet above the surrounding area. Newfound Lake, NH 5th largest is just to the west. Our house and location is just below the dot. So I would guess this is a great spot for deer to winter. I don't know too much about White tailed deer but I think we are pretty close to the northern edge of habitat so we don't have the numbers as further south. House is just below the yellow dot...
I usually stick to the NNE thread and I'm not very active on the lawn and garden thread. Thanks for all the comments/advice/compliments since my postings this past month.. Kind of a interesting back story about the gardens and our lawn. Our house was built in 1795. Fixer upper when we bought it way back in 1989. Being an old farmstead it had great soil. I never watered, fertilized or did any lawn or garden care although it only had a few small gardens. House had a dirt basement, and the sill was in pretty bad shape. 6 years ago, July 2011 we noticed a strange fungus growing up from the soil into the house wood. Spreading fast and eating the wood. Got in experts and they couldn't believe what they saw. Poria. It's a very rare, house eating fungus. Usually seen out west. Look it up if your interested. It will destroy your home quickly and the only way to stop it is to have no contact between soil and wood. Well that was impossible with an old granite foundation and dirt cellar. We had to get in touch with experts out west. The two options we were repeated told was to lift the house, construct a modern cement foundation or tear the whole house down. It was a nightmare. Ch 5 in Boston wanted to do a story. Ch 9 in Manchester NH wanted to do a story. That's all we needed, a sick house story. We said no thanks! So we opted to dig a new foundation, lift the house, move it 25 feet and set it back down. New sill, joicying system, electric, septic, on and on. NIGHTMARE. Job well into the 6 figures. All the lawns, pasture within a couple of hundred feet got destroyed with bulldozers and equipment. All our good old farm topsoil got mixed in with the crap underneath. Tons of boulders dug up. 60K in just the earth project/landscape part. So it was like a new house lot. We do hope to get much of this $$ back someday as this is an awesome house and property.
As far as the gardens and lawn. First we now had about 70 huge granite foundation pieces to work with. We incorporated them into the new raised gardens and landscaping. We have lots of steep slope behind the house so we constructed retaining walls and gardens with the boulders. Starting from scratch we bought perennials and a few shrubs and just went from there. I am no garden expert. As for the lawn we brought in so many dump trucks of top soil. I can't remember how many yards. With so much area to recover it was just impossible to put down as much topsoil as we would have liked. The fungus project construction lasted from July into October. In the spring of 2012 we brought in the topsoil. I watched the weather and coordinated with the lawn people as to when to hydroseed. Luckily we had a nice long wet spell. . Most of the hydroseeding was successful but did have to go over some areas with washout. Before the house move I never had to fertilize. Soil was deep and rich. Now the lawn needs constant care. The topsoil is thin. In hindsight I wished I had bit the bullet and put down more. I don't remember how deep it is. Now the lawn drys out easily so we have to water a lot. It was miserable during last years drought as we had to pick and choose what we watered and for how long. Really stressed the well but never ran out of water even being so high up. We apply Agway organic 15/1/10 fertilizer about every 6 weeks.
As far as deer go, we live in a deer magnet. From what I understand the apple orchard was planted in 1906. So the deer come down from the hills in the fall and yard behind our house. They have learned through generations that the pickings are good here. Lots of apples till snowfall. We are at a high elevation and in the NW part of the NH Lakes Region. I'd guess we average 80 plus for snow. So around Thanksgiving till early April we usually have deep snowcover. The deer "yard up" in the woods behind the house. Most of the time the gardens are covered in snow and it is usually deep enough so that the deer stay mostly in or near the woods. I see them nibble on brush along the woods and along the deer paths they make. We have a SW exposure and lose snow cover before most places around. So if we get deer damage it is right after snow melt when they are hungriest. Some of the scrubs around the house have gotten niblbed on eaten but it has not been too bad. Once the snow has left the woods they seem to head back into the hills and I only occasionally see a deer or two during green season! Below is a few pictures of the "Poria Project". Note how nothing was left of our lawns! By the way when I called my insurance company to make a claim they said that mold and mildew/fungus was not covered. Who knew that this would be a problem living high on a hill!
Oh, believe me I have a full lawn mower and shrub eating crew. With many old apple trees on my property I am a deer magnet. On any given winter day they are all over the yard. Like a petting zoo. Here's a picture. I think I count 17 in this picture. On some days I have counted up to 30. Most of our gardens are deep under snow all winter. In the fall the deer have apples. Then as pickings get slim they move in. They will come right up to the house. Scrubs do take a beating that is why its mostly gardens and not shrubs!
Hey guys. Do any of you know Matt Noyes a Met on New England Cable News? I don't watch NECN much but he seems like a good Met. I just found out some crazy news today. He is my neighbor! I never knew this. I guess 2 year years ago he and his wife who is also a Met bought a second home right next to my property. I have never bumped into him in all this time. The dead end road that his house is on is about 750 feet below me so he would turn off just before my house hence I have never seen him drive by. The southern end of my property ends at his. Actually on (the endless photos that I post from my webcam) his house would be just behind the trees on the far side of my pond. So the webcam view is right over his house. He might be interested to know that. Would be nice to know a Met. neighbor. If any of you know him personally and how I could get in touch private message me. I just don't want to go knocking on his door. Small world!
So...just painting with a very broad brush as far as potential tropical weather goes, For at least August, wouldn't this favor any disturbances being steered move WNW towards the US verses out to sea? Perhaps towards the Gulf and then coming northeast bound around the Bermuda high?
Thanks for all the great advice on the hydrangeas. I think I have been doing it wrong. I think our plants are now 4 seasons old. In the spring I wait for buds and small leaves to appear on the woody growth. Above any noticeable buds I trim the wood back. Maybe I should just leave the plants alone and not prune at all? Perhaps deeper into spring more buds would appear further up the woody steams? Wow, BZone. I would love to have bushes like yours. With the yellow and red daylilies the thick blooms would look spectacular! I know the soil PH changes the bloom color. I was noticing on the cape that the blooms are dark blue like yours. Up here it seems the blues are much more muted. We have very acidic soil. Would adding lime make a difference or are the roots so deep that some line on the surface wouldn't matter?
Again, thanks for everyone's input!
6 hours ago, Lava Rock said:
Makes me wish we didn't put in our lawn project
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Mother Nature giveth and taketh away. You guys in Maine got the blizzards this winter while we missed for the most part. Now that pesky marine air has killed the convection that wants to come in from the west.
All of us share in a dry week now. At least I lucked out with lots of rain up until now. Not a plant expert but I would think most of the trees/shrubs etc. have done the vast majority of their growing by August 1. Now we turn to the tropics to see if we can get anything going so the dry conditions in Maine do not spread and worsen. I have not looked at the drought monitor in a long while. Just did. US looks like its doing really well as a hole other than Montana. Perhaps a real good bummer crop this year??
Our gardens look good this year. Lots of rain helped. Now the first long dry spell begins but the soil is moist all the way down. Very different than last year. We have gardens all around the house and road. I like color. The daylilly/hydrangea garden is in full bloom. Annuals around the house are filling in. Here's a few pics. Hey does anyone know why our hydrangea's don't have more blooms? We went down to the Cape 2 weeks ago and the hydrangea's down there have so many blooms. Ours are nice and green but not nearly as many blooms. Maybe the climate difference? Cape is 150 miles south and 1100 feet lower. Thoughts?
3 hours ago, Paragon said:
Wow, that's amazing! I wanted to ask a question of those who have seen a total solar eclipse. Something I read about in The Farmers Almanac that stated that you have to see this in person, it can't be photographed. They mentioned that during totality the air shimmers the way water does when you look down into a swimming pool on a sunny day. Is this true? And why can't this effect be photographed? And can you see stars during the day time during totality? And the wind picks up, animals/birds go silent, and there is a noticeable drop in temperature.
Okay, I'm a photographer and weather enthusiast. 60 years old. I have seen 4 solar eclipses. 2 partials. 1 annular. One FANTASTIC solar that blows everything else out of the water. Sure you can photograph it. Lighting conditions change rapidly. Really need a telephoto lens. If you are lucky enough to view this eclipse don't bother with the cameras and photography. There will be so many photos, videos of this that unless you need to take some pictures to prove you were there, just enjoy the 2 minutes. Every second that your playing with a lens or looking through a camera viewfinder is a second lost. Enjoy the rapidly changing conditions and not only as to what is happening on the sun but also what is happening all around the sky.
I don't remember any air shimmering when I saw mine. What was fascinating was watching the wall of darkness descend so quickly and then leave so quickly. As far as your star question it will get dark enough to see 4 planets and a few brighter stars. Each eclipse is different. When the moon is closer to the sun the eclipse is longer and the path wider. So if your near the centerline it is darker than an eclipse that is shorter. Hence, more stars and planets. This eclipse is not a particularly long eclipse so its will not be very dark. The areas near the horizon will be well lit so its more like kinda late evening with the sky still having some brightness. If you are on the edge of totality then the sky is even brighter. Weatherwise, it depends on the time of day that you are viewing the eclipse. For instance if you are watching from Oregon at 10am the temperature is not going to drop very much because its morning anyhow and the atmosphere has not had time to warm. Probably watching from South Carolina in the afternoon would be a different story. I didn't notice anything about wind or changes when I watched. I have heard lots about animals. The resort we stayed at had parrots and tropical birds. The birds were in cages around the property. I'm no bird expert but I had noticed in the days before the eclipse that the staff rolled in the cages before nightfall. Of course no one thought of this and the parrots were screeching. I could hear them from the beach. They did not like what was happening.
Oh, one more thing. Bring binoculars. Be very careful to wait until complete totality and make sure you put them down before any sunlight at end but a close look at the sun is fantastic if you do it carefully.
Couple of comments as someone that has seen a total solar eclipse. Watched from the beach in Aruba in Feb 1998. Amazing, stunning, awe struck experience. Something to tell the grandkids. The 2 or 3 minutes go by so fast. I know people want to take pictures/videos etc. but enjoy the eclipse. Watching the sun is absolutely amazing but also watching the environment. The curtain of darkness descend and then pass by. The weird color of any clouds around. There will be endless pictures and videos for download and watching. Be in the moment and don't spend precious seconds trying to adjust cameras and settings to the rapidly changing light conditions.
Of course once the diamond ring has passed you can look up. Even take binoculars to look closely at the sun. Bailey's beads. Seeing the sun through the valleys and hills on the moon. So neat.
It was really fun watching the eclipse with thousand of others. Like I posted before, people literally crying it was so beautiful. I was thinking about this eclipse. It's like eating dog food your whole life and never tasting anything else. Then someone trying to explaining to you how good a 5 star meal at a restaurant would taste like. You could imagine but would have no conceptual concept because you have never experienced something like it. That is how totality is.
Here is a short video of the eclipse I saw. Turn the sound up and listen to the people and there comments as the eclipse happens!
1 hour ago, LongBeachSurfFreak said:
After reading what you guys have written I do not want to miss this. I'm thinking of driving down to North Carolina Sunday and then heading south. Everything in South Carolina is booked!!! Plus it would be nice to be somehat mobile as others have said.
Long Beach. Glad your going to try to view this. This is going to be quite an experiment for the highway system especially if the weather is looking good in the days before the eclipse. I could see the highways like Rt 85 Rt 95 being bumper to bumper as hundred of thousands of people all travel down at the same time. Just really nothing to compare this too. If it were me I would try to drive down a couple of days before. I know that adds to the cost. Get a hotel outside of the eclipse zone and then travel into the zone during the night time hours of Sunday night. Perhaps in smaller non interstate roads. Don't know how this is going to play out. Maybe not a big traffic deal or maybe like a hurricane watch and everyone wanting to leave the coast all at once.
Found this interesting website and traffic tips/info.. https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/statistics/
in New England
Convection out of here this evening. Beautiful tomorrow through Monday morning, sunny, refreshing, low humidity,breezy but quite cool at night. Things head downhill quickly by mid day Monday....