It was sleet. Then, it was snow. By the time we left, there was about one inch of the white stuff on the ground and it was good for snowballs. We drove back to Tripoli in snow and found an inch of the white stuff on the farm. It was still there in the morning.
|An October 14 snow this year.|
|Just like the April snow, October snow can be pretty|
If you actually took the link to the Paths to Produce post, you will notice that we were more concerned about how cool things were (and a relative lack of sunshine). It had caused some issues with many early crops. Of course, we got to the end of May and we were talking about the Heat Being On. Our five inches of May rain all happened in the first week. Spring, we hardly knew ye.
You've heard us talk about gnats in prior years, but conditions were perfect for them for a significant period of time this season. They started in May and we fought them through July and into August (with a few additional appearances even later). They were bad enough that we actually dedicated a post entirely to them.
We are used to periodic June storms. But, once they started, it seemed they didn't want to stop. Our total rainfall for June was right around 9 inches. An average June would see 5.35" of rain. Nine is not entirely unusual, but it is wet enough to cause some issues. And, it was enough to encourage more gnats.
|There are still tomatoes and peppers in that high tunnel!|
Things started to get absurd in mid-August. In fact, we got another 8 and a half inches of rain that month, which was again well above the average amount. It encouraged another hatch of gnats and delayed our potato harvest, which would have later consequences for us. Why?
Well, because the Rain of Terror that was September started on.. well, September 1. We considered building an ark, but we tried to be philosophical about it all. It should stop sometime soon, we thought....
|I believe this record has been surpassed now.|
And so, it snowed on October 14 this year. We've already had multiple nights under freezing, so when people ask if we'd had a frost yet I tend to laugh. Sorry if I do that, I'm not laughing at you. I'm just laughing because there is nothing else I CAN do. It's ok, we're coming to grips with all of this and we'll make all the adjustments we can.
|The "cacophony" is on the move!|
I think I'll pass. I've heard the weather isn't necessarily better in the South anyway. Besides, I want to throw some snowballs still.