CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011
IT’S TIME FOR SUN AND WARMTH
On April a Tribune-Review (Greensburg) newspaper article announced that there is a 33 percent chance temperatures (in Southwestern Pennsylvania) will stay unseasonably cool through July (according to Lee Hendricks, a meteorologist with the weather service).
Blame it on La Nina, he said When it’s unusually cool around the equator in the Pacific Ocean, that affects the world’s climate. For Pittsburgh, La Nina currents mean wet weather and a long wait for warm, sunny days, Hendricks said.
Today was a wonderful day. Sunny. Temperatures hovering around 80 degrees. I took a half hour to transplant some ice pansies and plant kale. This was after I did a load of laundry which, hung outdoors, dried very rapidly.
Rain was expected around 3:00 p.m., but the weather held until mid-evening. A little while ago I heard I heard some rain tapping against the windows, but now, 8:45 p. m., it is a pleasant, but humid, 64 degrees.
In a previous storm, a tree on our neighbor’s property was uprooted so thoroughly that one can study the bottom of its root formation. Our community is rife with shallow-rooted hemlock pines, and is surrounded by mountain streams, a deadly combination in super-wet weather. Tim Sauers, who runs a tree service company in Pine, said his crews have been lifting trees off homes, decks and driveways. Another neighbor did the same when a tree fell on her house. Sauers said that’s typical during springtime storms.
“It’s Pittsburgh,” he said. “Like I always tell everybody, if you want the weather to change, just wait a minute.”
Maybe. However, the weather was pretty consistent through April. We certainly need a break from April’s dreariness and showers that washed the region clean. Enough now—there can be overkill on clean. Now it’s time for sun and warmth.
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_733287.html (April 21, 2011)
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