Weekly Weather Report
For Farmers and Others
Week of February 9, 2015
From Friendship Farms & Fare
A Community Service To the Local Farming Community
48 degrees at 4:450 AM, February 8, 2015
Historic Average (for 2/6): 71 HIGH, 53 LOW–Weather Underground: http://www.wunderground.com/
Historically, the average high temperature is now 71 degrees (one degree high higher than the lowest average low  of the year), and nineteen degrees lower than the highest average high ). Our average low is now 53 degrees, which is two degrees higher than lowest average low , and twenty-three degrees lower than the highest average low ). The average low and high have begun their annual ascent.
Note: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that 2014 was the hottest year on record (since records have been kept, 1880). Ocean and land temperatures were at their all time highs.
This is no great surprise to us. 2014 seemed hotter than usual to us, and the past few years, our highs and lows have typically run a bit higher than historic averages. Last year the trend continued, and so far this year, it is still continuing. Although humans may enjoy unseasonably warm weather, above normal temperatures stress the winter crops, which flourish in cool to cold temperatures.
Weekly Weather Report
Last Week (1/31-2/6): Rain was the big story this past week, as it has been often this winter. Our dry season has been unusually wet. This week’s fronts brought over 2 inches of rain to the farm. For the month, February averages 2.81 inches. As expected, temperatures were close to normal. Highs were generally in the upper 60s and lows often in the upper 40s.
The highest high for last week at WU was 76 (2/1), although we had readings at the farm of 78 on 2/4. The lowest high was 67 (2/5 ). The highest low was 55 (2/1) and lowest low was 43 (2/3). Four of seven days were at or above normal for highs and four were at or above normal for lows. Our average high for this time of the year is 71 and our average low is 53.
This Week (2/7-2/13): The coming week should see temperatures a bit below normal, with cool days on Tuesday and Wednesday (2/10). Watch for rain on Monday ahead of a weak front. Temperatures will range from low 70s to low 60s for highs and mid-50s to low 40s for lows. No freeze.
Looking Ahead: We are still in the (supposedly) driest and coldest time of the year. Rainfall averages are creeping upward (like the temperatures). Historic norms indicate cool and dry conditions through February. Dry conditions will require more frequent irrigation. The rainy season is still months away.
Average temperatures are gradually rising. By the end of February averages will be in the mid-70s for highs and mid-50s for lows. We are still in freeze season, and freezes are possible any week – usually with plenty of advance notice. Averages are not good guides, and we are currently running above historical averages, but with rather dramatic fluctuations. We reached or exceeded 80 degrees four times in January. February has been cooler. Readers will notice spring flowers appearing, well ahead of schedule. This means the winter vegetables may also flower early and bolt – if the warm weather continues.
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