Sunday, April 24, 2016

It Was a Cold and Nasty Day

      We've been cruising along through March and April with above average temperatures. It's been downright pleasant. It's a long time since we had overnight frost. It's been windy from time to time but overall very pleasant. It's been so pleasant that I've ridden 100 km (62 mi) on my bike. One day we had a high of 27C (83 F) .

     So this was not normal April weather. We usually get snow and lots of overnight frost. We can also get very nasty blizzards. 

     Well, it had to end. It cooled off Friday. Yesterday morning when I went birding it was miserable 4 C(37 F). In the afternoon it started to rain and about 6:00 Pm snow started and turned to huge wet flakes. Most of the snow melted as it hit the ground. We did accumulate about 2.5 Cm (1 in).

     So it was just a matter of time before we got some cold and nasty weather in April. ...and we could still get more.
  
      Now it got to 0 C. As you can see the bleeding heart is developing quickly. If it cools off slowly these hardy plants can withstand lots of frost as most the moisture leaves the plant cells so the cell doesn't expand and break.







34 comments:

  1. Wow! You really had some hot and cold weather in the month of April. We've had rain and heat but nothing so extreme as you. I hope Spring is just around the corner for you.

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    1. Extremes her are typical. Spring is sort of here!

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  2. I did not know that bleeding hearts were so hardy. But they do grow well in cold climates. You road 62 (thanks for doing the math) miles!! You are in good shape!

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    1. Plants are developed for different frost free zones. I think we have about 120 frost free days.

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  3. Thanks for the heads up. That storm is is supposed to arrive here in Southern Ontario sometime today. This has been an easy winter but long.

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    1. Hey, I don't mean to be defensive, but we don't send our weather to you!!!Our weather shifts down and through Minnesota. However, I hope you don't get the bad weather . Your spring has been terrible.

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  4. I think plants are generally pretty good at navigating these springtime temperature fluctuations! You definitely look colder than we are at the moment, but we're going through a chilly spell too.

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  5. You seem to suffer the same weather conditions as here I see. No winter but in April hail and cold wet weather. The seasons seems to move.

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    1. Yes we have been getting the same weather pattern you are getting.

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  6. Yikes I only have one request Red can you keep it out there for us here waiting for grass for our cows. :) B

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    1. You've had some late spring storms to delay your grass. we have very little new grass. I haven't cut my lawn yet.

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  7. Gosh. Our bleeding hearts are only about 20cm high! My heart bleeds for yours!

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    1. So I guess I could say everything is a bloody mess!!!

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  8. Ah, snow. I thought it was a bit weird for you to be having such nice weather. It will return after Mother Nature gets over her tantrum. :-)

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    1. We've been lucky this spring!

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  9. Not what you want to see this time of year! But I'm guessing it won't stick around for very long.

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    1. This snow was all gone about four hours later.

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  10. We'll see what happens. It started out cool here this morning. I do love the snow, but at this point, enough's enough.

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    1. You can get some extreme weather in your area very quickly. The snow didn't stick around very long.

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  11. Hi Red, It was unusually hot in Seattle last week too. Yes, it cooled off and we got rain over the weekend and it continues here on Monday morning. I looked up your elevation there in Red Deer ... 2,805' (855m). I expect that helps with the cool! :-) Neat post, thanks for including the conversions.

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    1. Check out Calgary. It's much higher than we are.

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    1. It was all gone about four hours after I took the photo.

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  13. You say cold snowy weather is common for you in April? Here in Portland it's just rainy.

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    1. Our April weather is variable. It's not uncommon for snow and cold and it's not uncommon for nice sunny weather.

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  14. Can't believe you still have the cold. Don't need anymore snow.

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    1. It's not uncommon for a good blizzard in April.

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  15. Yikes, you got snow... hopefully we don't get it but the forecast is for a couple of centimeters tonight. I was enjoying our early summer, please come back warm weather!

    Have yourself a wonderful week Red, no matter the weather!

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    1. It should be nice the rest of the week but not as warm as the last few weeks.

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  16. saying hi from Asian country ,we belong to hot part of the earth and when look such cool pics i enjoy them a lot ,atleast in pics though

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  17. It is cold enough here to snow, but so far it is just rain, it must be warm up there in the clouds:)

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  18. Poor flowers! They got tricked. I hope it warms up again soon.

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  19. My daughter in Chicago has been telling me about the crazy weather there too. She kept texting me photos of snow in April. Then it'd get hot and then cold again. Poor flowers must have been totally confused.

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