Category Archives: Weather

Opening Weekend for Gardeners

Imagine if the hunter or fisherperson in your household was told that the opening weekend had been moved back two, maybe three weeks? Anxiety? Disappointment? Lots of pent-up energy? Yes, to all that, as we gardeners well know having endured … Continue reading

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First Bloom, More Snow

A Facebook friend of mine wrote today that she is just plain numb when it comes to our weather here in Minnesota this spring. For my town, another 6 to 9 inches of snow is predicted for later today — … Continue reading

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Hail Bouquet

Despite 12.5 inches of rain in the past week, I feel incredibly lucky. Seeing photos from Duluth, I’m reminded of the massive destructive power of water.  Here, lots of people have wet basements and some have ravaged gardens. Hail did … Continue reading

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Another Rain Gauge Photo

We got almost 3 more inches of rain last night in a noisy, lightning- and hail-filled late night storm. That’s on top of the 7-plus inches last Thursday. The drainage ponds near our house were full, but not over flowing … Continue reading

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Well, We Did Need Rain…

It’s a bit hard to tell from the photo, but my rain gauge, which holds more than 6 inches is full. Rain started at about 10:30 a.m. and this was taken just after 7 p.m. Gardens are flooded. Hope all … Continue reading

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Assessing the Damage

After three nights in the 20s, it looks like we are out of the chilly woods for at least a week or so. Much needed rain is in the forecast and the low temperatures are predicted to remain in the … Continue reading

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Covering Up

My very unofficial thermometer read about 24 degrees F at 7 a.m. today, and there were definite signs of a freeze around the neighborhood. Last night, I covered up my little cherry tree out front in hopes of keeping it … Continue reading

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Hoar Frost in February

Fog persisted into afternoon and ice crystals clung to grass, wondering, “Where is winter?”

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Big Changes for Minnesota in New Hardiness Zone Map

A sliver of Minnesota is officially in USDA Zone 5, according to the new hardiness zone map released today by the USDA, the first update to the map since 1990. Beyond that corner of Jackson and Martin Counties going officially … Continue reading

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Winter Weirdness

I’m not sure which is more disconcerting–that I spent 15 minutes outside today wearing only a cardigan and was comfortable doing it, or that I found an unusual number of signs of life in the garden. Just a reminder: It’s … Continue reading

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