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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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A Long, Hard Winter

I have a love/hate relationship with the Month of April. Most years, the snow has melted and there is a wonderful smell in the air. You wake to robins chirping, the sun is higher in the sky, and the days warmer. Then, there are years when winter won’t end. For those in the East, there was concern that it might never snow and now everyone is wonder if it will ever end? Earlier this winter, I made the observation that when we have an El Nino, it starts late and ends later. Last time we had that situation, we had snow into May.

A few days ago the Mid-Atlantic states were enjoying temps in the 70s. Yesterday, I received an e-mail form a lady in North Carolina asking what to do with her outdoor plants this weekend. They were in the ground and some starting to bud. Sure enough, her town will see lows this weekend at 25 degrees! My advice, if you are in the same situation, is to place some wooden stakes around the planted flowers and place a blanket or sheet over them at night. Remove it in the morning, so the sun warms them. This should prevent any frost burn.

In Maine, we can take almost anything. We have not had any “warm” weather yet, but yesterday it just snowed and last night we got it “good.” Fourteen inches fell with most of it dropping between 3a.m. and 7a.m. Heavy, wet, and a slow commute today. In fact, it is still coming down. Not exactly the Easter Weekend we dreamed of, but we’ll trudge through it and maybe next week will be better.

Love to hear about your weather. If it is warm, tell me. If it is cold, wet, snowy, share the misery. Hey, it’s weather, and we love to talk about it.

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