Unusual weather phenomenon

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@jimmckenney.com
Wed, 09 Jan 2008 06:05:39 PST
The unseasonably mild weather we’re experiencing is unusual enough, but
yesterday there was an added twist. When I took the dog out for her morning
walk, the sidewalks were soaking wet. Yet there had been no rain. Lawns were
not similarly wet. 

Evidently the sidewalks went into the night relatively cold; during the
night, a warm, moisture laden air mass moved in. The water on the sidewalks
was condensate, not rain. 


Today it’s cooler; at 5:30 A.M. the temperature was a bit over 60º F.  The
highlight of the dog walk this morning: I saw a fly. Flies are not a typical
element in our January fauna!


I can’t match Jay’s precocious daffodils, but Galanthus elwesii opened its
first flowers yesterday as did wintersweet, Chimonanthus praecox. Two other
sometimes early bloomers, Eranthis hyemalis and Helleborus niger rarely
respond to these mild spells at the beginning of winter, and they have not
this year. 


The Italian arums are wonderful now. 


Jim McKenney


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