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  •  that cold air mass is headed my way... (11+ / 0-)

    but here in the hills of VT it is not all that unusual. A week ago the first forecasts for a cold snap came out, so I've been watching for this. My personal almanac indicates this happens more often than not in early to mid May.

    Last spring was the doozy; ten days in the 70s and 80s in March, followed by snow in mid April and May frosts. The poor plants had no idea what was happening to them, and many succumbed.
    It used to be a safe bet that planting anything, even corn or peppers, after the lilacs bloomed was safe, but the lilac in my yard now blooms in early May, not early June.
    Right now I am awaiting, with dread, the arrival of this season's non-native pests. Over the last few years, with the shorter, milder winters and the utter lack of bats, I have seen large influxes of pests not formerly a problem in VT, and even a praying mantis to fill in for the poor bats. Hopefully they eat ticks, because Lyme has made it to VT as well...

    This is just the beginning.

    Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

    by kamarvt on Mon May 13, 2013 at 04:50:23 AM PDT

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