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It is the 6th of November 2022. An atmospheric river yesterday totally missed us though we did have 30+ mph winds on Friday. The drought continues though the mountains around are white from a snow storm on Tuesday (1 Nov.) and Wednesday (2 Nov.).

Summer 2022: Agriculture did not do very well in the southern part of Lake County, Oregon. Fruit trees have virtually nothing in the way of fruits and specific veggies are not even producing as compared to previous years. Asparagus yields were tiny, zucchini isn't, and strawberries aren't. The local Fair was held over Labor Day (this year Sept. 5th) and as you would have guessed, not a lot of items were on display in the open class for fruits and veggies.

A number of factors are affecting fruit trees and the veggies: Last year (2021) we had a combination of a severe drought limiting the amount of water that could be used as well as heavy smoke from fires burning in the area. This year (2022), however, we are able to water but the overnight low temps have been very strange. The following table shows what has been recorded so far [Lake County Airport]:
Month Lowest Temp Highest Temp # days above 40F High # days below 30F Low
January -17F/-32Fwc 51F 23 26
February 3F/-16Fwc 63F 22 25
March 12F 70F 30 23
Month Lowest Temp Highest Temp # days above 40F High # days below 30F Low
April 10F 79F 27 23
May 21F 81F 29 11
June 25F 93F 30 4
Month Lowest Temp Highest Temp # days above 40F High # days below 30F Low
July 36F/29Fwc 101F 31 0
August 34F/29Fwc 97F 31 0
September 28F 100F 30 1
Month Lowest Temp Highest Temp # days above 40F High # days below 30F Low
October 15F 83F 25
November (as of 5th) 10F 52F 3 3

Note: All temperatures are from the official equipment located at Lakeview's airport (a few miles south west of town) and written down every day. (wc means wind-chill)

Normally, July is in the 80's F and August is in the 90's F, not in 2022. July had 21 days of 90F+ and August had 19 days of 90F+.

What isn't shown on the table is the very unusual low temps for the summer months.
July: 1st) 39F/35Fwc; 2nd) 36F/30Fwc; 7th) 36F/29Fwc; 8th) 39F/34Fwc; 16th) 39F/34Fwc; 17th) 39F/34Fwc; 18th) 37F/32Fwc; 20th) 39F/34Fwc.
August: 10th) 39F/34Fwc; 11th) 34F/29Fwc; 12th) 35F/30Fwc; 13th) 37F/32Fwc; 28th) 37F.
September (as of 11th): 1st) 36F/31F wc; 2nd) 39F/34F wc; 4th) 34F/27F wc; 5th) 39F

In-ground plants should be covered when temps fall below 40F over night but not many did that, especially when the daytime temps were over 90F.

These temps appear to have affected mostly the areas west of Lakeview though most all fruit trees in southern Lake county lost their blooms due to frost & windy weather during spring.

Fire Danger
To remind folks, here are the fire sites to watch: active fires in Oregon & for western states.

Climate Change or Something Else?
Here is a thought (or 2), we wonder just how much water humans have extracted from underground, ever, and how much has been re-injected? Since humans have appeared on Earth and started to pump out underground water supplies, there is now more water on the surface and in the atmosphere than at any other time during human history. We suspect that the droughts, "historic" floods, ground sinking under cities, sink holes, and very strong storms are all due in part to these issues. On top of that, Earth is getting warmer which is unleashing more problems as methane deposits thaw, ice melts, etc. etc. We need a global discussion on this to help find the solutions.

Pests to be on the look out for:

"A spotted lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula, was found in Oregon for the first time in October 2020 in a shipment of planters and ceramic pots from Pennsylvania. The female specimen was dead and dry when found. This is a cause for concern because SLF poses a threat to tree fruit and grape production, which are both important to Oregon's economy." [Source: PDF from the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

"Murder Hornet"
[Click to view article on LiveScience]

For the hornet, Praying Mantis will take care of them. For the Houdini Fly: "Please do not unnecessarily move bee blocks or boxes around."

[Click here to read up on this pest

Pending Disaster?
An interesting thing to note is the number of web sites talking about sea level rise, some with goofy maps. We used to link to a website that you could manipulate based on whatever sea level rise the "experts" were predicting by the year 2100 - That site no longer exists... However, NOAA has a sea level rise viewer for coastal areas of the USA. Another type of Flood Mapper exists over at USGS that you can use for current weather-related floods.

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Supernova Blast BonanzaSpectacular SombreroMessier 81
[Image Credits: NASA/JPL/Hubble]

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