Do you remember the TV show titled, "That Was the Week That Was"? The producers would pick a week in history and chronicle the events. I would like to propose something called "That Was the Week That Was..... Weatherwise".
It has been a very difficult year weatherwise in northern Illinois. We have very harsh winters and we count on having a break during spring and summer. Spring is generally wet and chilly and summer has temps in the 80's and low 90's.
Spring wasn't much this year. Not much rain to prime the planting season and we jumped right into horrifically hot temperatures. They were Texas temps, in the high 90's and 100's.
The corn was stunted and dried way too early. Dent corn needs heat at the END of it's growing cycle, not through the entire process. Farmer's are going to have very low numbers of bushels to the acre which means high food prices next year. The corn futures are already being affected I believe.
The incredibly hot summer affects us psychologically as well. We're cooped up in the house all winter and look forward to enjoying the outdoors and getting some outdoor chores done. That was next to impossible this year. And so we've been cooped up since the end of last October!
I had a long list of to-do's, both in the yard and in the garage. Unfortunately, when it's 99 degrees outside it's 120 in the garage. Guess what's happened now? We've jumped from extremely hot temps to frost! It was quite pleasant on Monday and I was able to paint the garage doors. My hope is for some continued mild temps so that I can re-arrange the garage for winter, positioning the snowblower in front of the garage door because guess what, meteorologists are predicting we're going to have a horrible winter. Great. We'll all have cabin fever to the max. I'll have to think of some fun party ideas to get together with the neighbors.
How about you? How has your year been weatherwise? I know some of you out west have been battling wildfires.
Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me today.