November 23rd, 2013
This was written by Accuweather’s Elliot Abrams several years ago:
Turkeys will finish thawing Thanksgiving morning, then warm in the oven to a high near 190 in the afternoon. The kitchen will turn hot and humid, and if you bother the cook, be ready for a severe squall or a cold shoulder.
During the late afternoon and early evening hours, the cold front of a knife will slice through the turkey and cause it to accumulate 1-2 inches on plates. Mashed potatoes will drift across one side while cranberry sauce creates slippery spots on the other, especially if it mixes in as you turn to the green bean casserole. Please pass the gravy.
A weight watch has been issued for the entire area and we expect intervals of indigestion, with increasing stuffiness around the beltway. During the evening the turkey will diminish and taper off to leftovers and drop to a low of 34 in the refrigerator.
Looking ahead to Friday and Saturday: high pressure to eat sandwiches; flurries of leftovers can be expected both days with a 50% chance of scattered soup during the midday hours. We expect a warming trend baste on where soup develops.
September 4th, 2013
As of August 31, 31.43 inches of rain had fallen in 2013 vs. 24.39 in 2012. Additionally, we had 6 days of 100+ in 2012, and only a few days topping 90 in 2013. Still, August this year, and the last half of July, were dryer than normal, and while not the extreme of 2012 by any means, the Palmer drought index put us into drought last week:
Here is the year to year comparison for the US Drought Monitor. The drought monitor is slow to update but it works for a comparison:
Note that the recent drought monitor shows no dry conditions in Ohio, while the recent Palmer shows moderate drought. In many ways, I consider the Drought Monitor almost worthless for timely comparison, but it does OK for a year to year comparison. Best use: Compare 2012 Drought Monitor to 2013 Palmer!
September 4th, 2013
This summer we are seeing major scale infestations on euonymus, hybrid maples, and other landscape plants. Our organic insect suppressants generally suppress these, but we also need to utilize insecticides to suppress populations as well. At Arbor Doctor, we are addressing this with systemic insecticides and an insect growth regulator to stop reproduction. Scale can multiply rapidly. Populations quickly grow despite treatments. However, good treatment can bring infestations back into control. Scale fact sheet>>>