SO THIS IS WHERE SUMMER WENT

October shaping up as L.A.’s lost summer

With eight days over 90, this could be the hottest October since 1965, forecasters say.

Summer turned out to be a cooler than normal dud this year.

With eight scorchers over 90 degrees this month, Los Angeles has been in the midst of the second-hottest October since 1877, according to climate records.

“It’s the summer we never had,” said William Patzert, a climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge.

The average daytime temperature in downtown Los Angeles this month has been 84.3 degrees, he said. September’s average high temperature was 83.2 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

“In September we only had two days over 90,” Patzert said.

The warmest October in Los Angeles’ recorded history — an average of 84.5 degrees — was 1965, when Southern California was blasted by hot, dry Santa Ana winds. On Oct. 23 of that year, Los Angeles had a temperature of 100 degrees. In San Diego, firefighters were busy battling three blazes amid the October heat wave.

This October has also seen its share of wind-whipped brush fires.

The reason for the high temperatures is fairly predictable. Several high-pressure systems parked over the Southwest have compressed and heated the air cycling into the region. The resulting Santa Ana winds have not been powerful so far, but they have arrived early and with regularity, Patzert said.

“Every fall there’s a great race. Will the Santa Anas precede the rains or vice versa?” he said. “So far, the Santa Anas are ahead of the rains by at least five lengths.”

There’s a chance this month may fall to third place after October 1999, when the average daytime maximum temperature was 84.1. The reason is that temperatures may drop just enough in the last four days of October, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist for the National Weather Service in Oxnard. But maybe not, he said.

“We may tie 1999,” Seto said.

At first, it looked like showers were on the way, but Seto said it looks as if the chances of rain this weekend are practically nonexistent. And that’s bad, climatologists say, because Southern California has been so dry for so long and the conditions are ripe for fires.

“We’ve had essentially eight months of no rain, and we’re having one of the driest falls,” Patzert said. “Either we’re getting our quota of Santa Anas out early or this is a preview of coming attractions, which is scary because right now there is no rain on the horizon.”

Courtesy LA TIMES

With a few tomatoes trickling in the gamble on planting another batch of tomatoes certainly paid off.   The cooler than normal summer was the reason for the mediocre harvest this year.   How bad was it?  We normally harvest upwards of 1,000 lbs of tomatoes.  This year, we’ll be lucky to have harvested 200-300 lbs.

The scorching October temperatures don’t help the baby greens and have stunted the peas and other cooler weather crops.  So although we are eating well from the garden, the inconsistent weather has left us little in surplus to sell.

As gardeners know, you can’t get too discouraged.  You just have to press on – an pray for rain.

:: Field Hand Appreciation :: GM $20.  Thank you very, very much for your continue support.  We are indeed blessed with your generous suppoort.

Comments(22)

  1. Andrea says:

    That’s just crappy, guys. Here in Ohio, we’re experiencing weather more typical of late November and essentially went from summer to winter in a matter of a week or two. I feel your pain. Hugs from a Buckeye.

  2. Andrea says:

    That’s just crappy, guys. Here in Ohio, we’re experiencing weather more typical of late November and essentially went from summer to winter in a matter of a week or two. I feel your pain. Hugs from a Buckeye.

  3. KK says:

    We’ve been having hot weather here in N. CA…a real “Indian Summer” i guess. It has resulted in tomatoes and peppers still hanging on and producing some substance, albeit not great quality. But my cabbages and broccoli are having problems with aphids and cabbage lopers…they can really damage all the hard work I’ve put in. That can be so discouraging…you do get the feeling of giving up…and yet you know you just have to keep doing what you’ve committed to, and always plant lots more than you think you’ll need, cause….you’ll probably need it!

  4. KK says:

    We’ve been having hot weather here in N. CA…a real “Indian Summer” i guess. It has resulted in tomatoes and peppers still hanging on and producing some substance, albeit not great quality. But my cabbages and broccoli are having problems with aphids and cabbage lopers…they can really damage all the hard work I’ve put in. That can be so discouraging…you do get the feeling of giving up…and yet you know you just have to keep doing what you’ve committed to, and always plant lots more than you think you’ll need, cause….you’ll probably need it!

  5. gerry medland says:

    Hi Folks!
    we have had snow today!Plunging temps to minus 2 at night alongside more rain over last weekend make for challenging gardening!I am re-thinking my plans for 2009,possibly laying up more planting to offset losses?If this wet weather becomes the norm maybe planting rice may be an answer!
    Thanks so much for continued inspiration!
    blessings from my side of the pond!
    gerry m UK

  6. gerry medland says:

    Hi Folks!
    we have had snow today!Plunging temps to minus 2 at night alongside more rain over last weekend make for challenging gardening!I am re-thinking my plans for 2009,possibly laying up more planting to offset losses?If this wet weather becomes the norm maybe planting rice may be an answer!
    Thanks so much for continued inspiration!
    blessings from my side of the pond!
    gerry m UK

  7. Di says:

    Yep crazy weather! I’ve only lived here in the USA since 2000 but this is the strangest weather this year!
    I also have new tomatoes on the vines! Glad I left a few in now!
    My peas are flowering but the ones in full sun area are not looking too good.

  8. Di says:

    Yep crazy weather! I’ve only lived here in the USA since 2000 but this is the strangest weather this year!
    I also have new tomatoes on the vines! Glad I left a few in now!
    My peas are flowering but the ones in full sun area are not looking too good.

  9. Ann Erdman says:

    I spoke to a friend in Grass Valley yesterday and he said it’s unseasonably warm up there for this time of year, in the 80s.

  10. Ann Erdman says:

    I spoke to a friend in Grass Valley yesterday and he said it’s unseasonably warm up there for this time of year, in the 80s.

  11. Teresa says:

    Enjoy reading your blog,I am gleaning so much !

  12. Teresa says:

    Enjoy reading your blog,I am gleaning so much !

  13. Stacy says:

    This almost makes me glad I wound up so late planting my peas. They’re bed-seeded, and just today I started seeing shoots, so hopefully they’ll fare reasonably well and not get cut off early by winter finally arriving.

  14. Stacy says:

    This almost makes me glad I wound up so late planting my peas. They’re bed-seeded, and just today I started seeing shoots, so hopefully they’ll fare reasonably well and not get cut off early by winter finally arriving.

  15. Mary Hysong says:

    WE too are having a hotter drier fall than usual. Though Oct is often dry, it is usually much colder, we’re having 80-85 degree days too. I haven’t even bothered bringing in any wood yet, it’s way too warm for a fire, though most other years I would have needed at least a little one to be comfy in the evening. Of course, ‘this too shall pass’, just hope it’s replaced by something better!

  16. Mary Hysong says:

    WE too are having a hotter drier fall than usual. Though Oct is often dry, it is usually much colder, we’re having 80-85 degree days too. I haven’t even bothered bringing in any wood yet, it’s way too warm for a fire, though most other years I would have needed at least a little one to be comfy in the evening. Of course, ‘this too shall pass’, just hope it’s replaced by something better!

  17. Sinfonian says:

    Wow, what insane weather. Nothing’s normal about this year is it? And I bet those days of 90 degrees only confuse the plants, only to be stunted by the days in between. No help at all.

    I am so sorry that the weather has hit you so hard. As a family dependent on the weather, Mother Nature hasn’t cooperated. Of course there’s always next year, and you appear to have a fair amount put up for the winter. Glad to see you’re remaining optimistic! You’re inspiring.

  18. Sinfonian says:

    Wow, what insane weather. Nothing’s normal about this year is it? And I bet those days of 90 degrees only confuse the plants, only to be stunted by the days in between. No help at all.

    I am so sorry that the weather has hit you so hard. As a family dependent on the weather, Mother Nature hasn’t cooperated. Of course there’s always next year, and you appear to have a fair amount put up for the winter. Glad to see you’re remaining optimistic! You’re inspiring.

  19. Cindie K. says:

    One of the loveliest benefits of being gardeners/urban farmers/homesteaders/back to the landers is the ongoing ever-present sense of hope and anticipation for the next season, the next crop, the next beautiful day. And the resourcefulness that accompanies this lifestyle is truly a gift from God. Sharing information and ideas on this blog is also a blessing in my daily round of activities, chores and rituals. Thank you, Anais and family, for your inspiring work.

  20. Cindie K. says:

    One of the loveliest benefits of being gardeners/urban farmers/homesteaders/back to the landers is the ongoing ever-present sense of hope and anticipation for the next season, the next crop, the next beautiful day. And the resourcefulness that accompanies this lifestyle is truly a gift from God. Sharing information and ideas on this blog is also a blessing in my daily round of activities, chores and rituals. Thank you, Anais and family, for your inspiring work.

  21. Sherilyn Jackson says:

    Now I don’t feel like a failure! This was the first year I ever planted a fall garden and I thought I had planted my peas too early, and that I hadn’t pampered most of my tomato plants enough, but I now realize that it was the HEAT, not ME! Woo! Hoo! 🙂
    You’ve made me feel better~
    Thanx so much~
    Sherilyn in Chatsworth, CA

  22. Sherilyn Jackson says:

    Now I don’t feel like a failure! This was the first year I ever planted a fall garden and I thought I had planted my peas too early, and that I hadn’t pampered most of my tomato plants enough, but I now realize that it was the HEAT, not ME! Woo! Hoo! 🙂
    You’ve made me feel better~
    Thanx so much~
    Sherilyn in Chatsworth, CA

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