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  1. Antifungal solution mixed in the pump sprayer for the roses - check. New Kool Stop Salmon pads in the calipers - check. Bring it on, the water table's a little low.
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    General Severe Weather Discussion 2018

    I'm loving the measurements to the hundrethe there. Cheap cylindrical garden store gauge says an inch fell today here slightly NW of ALB. Judging from the size and color of the radar returns in comparison you guys to the east of us got smoked.
  3. A few mornings ago I was riding my bike up one of the hills west of town when a fully grown one sauntered across the road about 40 yards in front of me. I grinned a little wider passing the house about 50 yards further up on the side the bear went into because the two big dogs that come out to laugh at me cause I'm slow were looking off in the other direction not making a sound. That's the first one I've seen around here.
  4. One summer in the 90s it was extremely hot in August and for a couple of years there was a bar band playing around Albany called The Rolling Blackouts.
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    General Severe Weather Discussion 2018

    Interesting point. During Irene the winds were about what we get from a big thunderstorm but from the east where a tstorm is generally NW or W around here. In my back yard the poplars that just waved around in a summer storm fell right over if they had nothing sheltering them.
  6. The appearance of my lawn is a function of where the ground warmed up. The north side corner where it is shady still looks pretty tired, everywhere the sun has been at it is lush and green.
  7. Interesting ride this morning. Quite balmy on the top of the ridge maybe 500-600 feet above the Mohawk on the south side, but descending the mile down the south face it dropped a good ten degrees as soon as it pitched over and I figured the valley floor would warm back up but it was like a cold air drain was happening. It was actually cooler than when I rode out that same road maybe an hour earlier. Nice breeze push downriver too. Even in town by the river it was cooler until I got about half way back up the hill to home.
  8. Went for a nice 35 mile bike ride this morning. Plan was a nice stroll after drilling it yesterday. Hat not as warm as could have been, probably should have worn shoe covers. Discovered that the gloves I grabbed work great at 25 degrees dry but 40 degrees rain not so much. Jacket was good for warmth downwind but upwind not so much. Flatted a few miles from home at the crest of a hill. By the time I rolled the tire off, installed a tube and started putting it back on I couldn't feel my thumbs no more. That'll slow the process. Riding home I was struck by how much hypothermia can alter your perceptions. So looking forward to 60 degree dawn patrol this week. It was still a great ride. Any ride not in the cellar is a great ride.
  9. WFH, walked outside to pick up the recycling containers, 52 degrees 49 dewpoint never felt so good. Spent some time speaking encouraging words to some rose bushes. Unfortunately I think a couple of them have dead ears. I cut them back last fall to mulch them for winter just before that stupid hot spell and they promptly cranked out all kinds of new growth. I was afraid that was a bad thing and for a couple looks like it was a last gasp.
  10. I was surprised to see trillium poking up in the spot on the north side of the porch. I thought they'd wait for it to warm at least a little more.
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    Napril Fools? Pattern and Model Discussion . . .

    Better than a couple years ago when we had long unusual warm and everything came along too early and we had three days with 15 degree lows and at least one day not above freezing. Apple and pear buds looked like somebody had taken a blowtorch to them. Burned and fell off. At least when it finally warms up this year it'll be harder to turn back.
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    Napril Fools? Pattern and Model Discussion . . .

    It is cold upstairs. 45 when I got up, 38 now and it just snowed for ten minutes or so.
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    March or BUST! - Pattern & Model Discussion

    That pic from Canaan is pure sugaring season. The angle of the light, the way that snow looks even in a photo reminds me of nothing more than the beginning of sugaring season. There had to be just a ton of water in the storms that came through because it has been sunny and 40-45 for highs and there's still significant amounts about in the back yard not counting the banks and piles. Cold nights refreezing it has given it quite the legs. In December or January that'd be gone in a day even with the low light.
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    March 12/13/14 Blizzard/Winter Storm/WWA etc

    Can't complain over this way... snowed all day yesterday but didn't accumulate on bare pavement until last night, I cleared maybe 4 inches off the driveway this morning and that's not counting what added up on the existing snow from the all day light to occasionally moderate stuff. Not bad for a storm where the good stuff was way off to the east.
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    Blizzard 2018 Take II: The Firehose

    Chiropractor/cardiologist special out there. There's a lot of water in that snow. Another branch took the cable wire off the house, had to tack it back on and a couple of pieces of the siding. The irony is that a couple of weeks ago they rewired out there and did a really professional job but moved it get it out from threading through a pine. So the pine dropped one on it from way up.