Always exciting to learn new words to describe the world around us. Who could forget the "Polar Vortex" introduced to us a couple of years ago to describe a cold front dropping down out of Canada and extending its frigid fingers all the way to Galveston?
And we know what a "Nor'easter" is, gobs of snow and freezing rain coming from the eastern Atlantic paralyzing New England states and Eastern Canada.
So it comes with a surprise to learn that last weekend we had a couple of bouts of graupel, a kind of soft hail, sometimes called hominy snow, or snow pellets. It is precipitation that forms when supercooled droplets collect on falling snowflakes. It fell for about 20 minutes and collected about 2 inches deep on the ground. Yesterday, a repeat for 5 minutes.
Got to admit, I've never seen this type of weather event before up here in the PNW.
Good to know the MSM has a word for it. They have been using it a lot in the last few days here, but I can't wait for them to get back to using "sunbreaks" on a daily basis.
I'm done with winter.
We would normally migrate to SoCal for a few weeks each year to break up the winter months into two short spells of cold and rain, and snow. When we returned, spring was always in the air. But not anymore. Rain, sleet, and snow extend into the spring months of April, May, and June.
And now Graupel.
And California is having some strange and brutal weather of their own. Heavy snow in the passes, downpours of rain, floods, and even twisters.
Heh, Californians are learning what tornados are referred to in the South.
I am glad we didn't go this year as we probably would not have been able to return, as the passes have been closed or the Interstate was shut down.
Apparently, the I-5 is closed at Castaic due to floods undermining an overpass, and at Siskiyou pass due to heavy snow.
I don't know if this is the new normal but it wreaks havoc on the planting season.
I have directly sowed some lettuce and broccoli, but they will probably rot in the ground before the ground warms enough to germinate. Oh well, they were last years seeds, so good experiment anyway.
This week I will start up my seed room operation gearing it for outdoor transplanting in mid May. I'm about a month behind.
My potato starts from last years harvest are growing out of the boxes in the garage. They need to go in the ground as soon as possible before they start to rot.
I've covered my 15'x 22' starter garden here in suburban Vancouver with sheets of plastic to keep the soil somewhat dryer in the hopes of being dry enough to plant something late this month.
It just needs to stop raining. Damn.
I'm happy to read that others here are already planting and I wish them a great harvest. I would like to hear what kind of progress you are having.
Green with envy am I.
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