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October Discobs Thread

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Down here in south central Texas, in Buda, our average temperatures, our average highs/lows, FINALLY dropped below 80. It is 79/59. Three days ago, it was 43 degrees in the middle of the day with heavy rain. We have had 12.5 inches in Sept and 7 inches so far this month. This is a LOT for south central Texas.

In the meantime, Dale City's average highs/lows stand at 65/47 and rapidly falling.

Welcome to a Modoki El Nino. It will be much wetter and colder than normal in the South and East.

The Mid Atlantic Region is going to be utterly destroyed this winter by snow. You guys are gonna set brand new snow records. You better buy ten Jebman Shovels and at least five snow blowers.

You're gonna need 'em.

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32.6 when I left the house at 5am....will have to check this eve it actually hit the freezing mark.  Heavy frost.... The weed line is officially defeated.

 

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Up near Bahstan (Jesus save me from Sawx fans) for a funeral today. Frost everywhere. Much more fall color than Home, but doesn’t look like peak at all. Pretty late and lousy year for color everywhere it seems.

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17 minutes ago, WxUSAF said:

Up near Bahstan (Jesus save me from Sawx fans) for a funeral today. Frost everywhere. Much more fall color than Home, but doesn’t look like peak at all. Pretty late and lousy year for color everywhere it seems.

i thought that wet late summers into fall helped with tree color?  That dry was bad leading to leaf changing?  Guess I know jack squat.

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37 minutes ago, H2O said:

i thought that wet late summers into fall helped with tree color?  That dry was bad leading to leaf changing?  Guess I know jack squat.

I have no idea what’s the best conditions. 

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2 hours ago, H2O said:

i thought that wet late summers into fall helped with tree color?  That dry was bad leading to leaf changing?  Guess I know jack squat.

Trees have deep roots and can overcome dry conditions pretty easily, unless it is a prolonged drought.  Warm and wet conditions mute colors by reducing the production of anthocyanins, which gives the leaves the 'reds'.  These are mostly produced in the fall, and is best produced in periods of warm days and cool nights.  Additionally, the cool nights slow the pace at which sugar sap can flowing from the leaf veins back down into the branches and trunk.  We got nothing but severe warmth at nights during Sep and early Oct.  That disgusting eastern ridge and tropical humidity that plagued us for 6 weeks has probably ruined our foliage season.

 

*ETA:  "ruined" might be harsh.  We have entered into a near-perfect weather pattern, so maybe we throw an end-of-game 'hail Mary' and save the season.  I can notice definite changes the last several days, though I yet to see vibrant colors.  I can't recall a fall I would describe as disappointing in all my years, so maybe we are just delayed and not denied.

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1 hour ago, H2O said:

i thought that wet late summers into fall helped with tree color?  That dry was bad leading to leaf changing?  Guess I know jack squat.

 

52 minutes ago, WxUSAF said:

I have no idea what’s the best conditions. 

Predicting fall colors is snake oil.

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33.3 was my low at Independent Hill Va with frost.  Right on par with forecasted low. In Currituck NC presently right on the shore it was 37. Frost a mile or so inland from me. 

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