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Apr 19 / Michael

Weather variations over 3 years

Last April, we created a post showing the vast difference in the amount of rain we’d gotten in early spring.  As a point of comparison, here’s this year’s pond:

Our very full pond, April 2013

April 2013

Versus last year (April 2012), during a severe drought:

Pond from April 2012

April 2012

Versus 2 years ago (April 2011), “normal”:

Pond from April 2011

April 2011

Our pond goes through quit a variation during the year.  For instance, during Summer 2010, it almost dried up (the lowest it’s been since we moved here):

Our pond

Summer 2010

And other years (Summer 2011), it’s looked lush.

A full pond in August!

Summer 2011

It’s just a matter of the rainfall and weather patterns we find ourselves in.  After moving to the farm and having such variation, we’ve come to the understanding that there is no normal weather.  It’s always changing and every year and season is different.

It’s particularly telling when it comes to our fruit trees.  April last year and the year before, the blossoms were out:

Apple blossoms April 2012

April 2012

New blossoms and shoots

April 2011

And this year, there’s barely a peep (so sad, but they’ll be here eventually):

Early fruit blossoms

April 2013

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