THE BIG CHILL

Five Degrees

Temperatures are slowing creeping back to normal. Last night was 25 – 5 degrees warmer! Another cold night tonight with temperatures near or below freezing. By midweek nighttime temperatures should return to a normal 35-40. This is the longest and the coldest period we have seen in nearly a decade. It’s comforting to know that we are not alone, so many rural and urban farmers and even gardeners are too in the same predicament – trying to save the plants and hoping they will survive (thanks for all your positive thoughts sent our way, we, too feel we are in solidarity with you and wish you and your plants luck). Nature certainly teaches you who’s boss and one can’t sit around and feel sorry for yourself all one can do is make lemonade from lemons.   Not being able to work in the yard or in the garden is making us concentrate on projects or tasks that needed to be done but were put off. So good has come from this sort of hibernation period.   We, So Cal folks aren’t use to not being able to work outside or garden 365. Now we know what it feels like to live in a colder climate.

Here’s another small miracle: we put in a wood stove just in time and have not been uncomfortable at all during the big chill.

Frost is one thing, what’s even scarier is that we are so far behind in our rainfall amount and there aren’t but four months left for us to meet our annual rainfall totals. If we don’t get rain and soon, it’s going to be a long, dry and hot summer. The lack of rain will affect that plants worse than this deep freeze.

I have to check but we are dangerously below our annual total of nearly 20.” I don’t even think we’ve reached 5.” OK, I just Googled it and found that since the start of the rainy season in July ’06 that LA has had less than 2 inches of rain. Not good, not good at all.   We desperately need rain.

“Winter precipitation is crucial in the expanded D2 region, and the water year has started off very badly in this region. “

Check out thedrought monitor

Thanks again for taking to post in the comments. We appreciate everyone’s concern and it’s great to see a few new readers or long time lurkers post too! Welcome.

Q & A

Will resume shortly. Stay tuned for answers from the urban homestead about growing methods, crop yields and “square inch gardening.”

It’s great to have readers post questions, especially after 7 years when one is at loss for words or considers something already written about.


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Most of California Citrus Crop Lost to Freeze {KABC}

“This is one of those freezes that, unfortunately, we’ll all remember,” California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura said.
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  1. Carol says:

    Wow! 20 Degrees is something for S Cali! This weird winter is freaking me out though, I’ve not seen 20 degrees this year and I started Winter in New York and now I’m in Ohio! In fact, today is my second snow of the season, and it just doesn’t seem right.

    Too bad you *didn’t* get any precip. Seeing PTF under a blanket of snow would have been great.

    Hows the rest of the fowl family doing without their boss? *hugs* ’bout Betsy.

  2. Joanne Poyourow says:

    I did the same thing this past week, looking up L.A. rainfall records. One of the things I found was here http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/lox/climate/Los%20Angeles%20Yearly%20Rainfall%20-%20jo_8822_image001.gif – L.A. historical rainfall. I found it remarkable how in the early part of the chart, there were so many normal years, but in recent years, hardly a green bar to be found. The pattern of color on the chart really says what we gardeners have been sensing, that the major weather patterns are significantly disrupted. About 06-07 rainfall, if we don’t get rain in the next 6 weeks or so, we’re really likely to vie with that 01-02 Record Driest Season, or the 60-61 second record driest. While I’ve had to turn to watering (watering my peach trees in January, wow), the plants seem to “know the difference” as to whether the moisture comes from precipitation or irrigation. It will show in long-term stress to trees and perennials.

  3. Kevin says:

    Hi Guys,

    My wife and I want to help. Is there a link we can use to donate. I’d let my readers (on Cryptogon and Farmlet) know as well.

    Best,
    Kevin