May 05, 2015 – Hummingbirds Are Here! First Official 80° Day

ROI Blog Day 125 – May 05, 2015 – Tuesday

Hummingbirds Are Here! First Official 80 Degree Day

Weather
• Another warm summery day. Sunny most of the time, but it was cloudy at times. Early this morning, a few minutes after midnight, there was a thunderstorm with some brief, but heavy, rain.

Temperature – from my weather station, in degrees Fahrenheit (F) and/or Celsius (C)
• High: 84.5 F (4:15 pm)
• Low : 63.3 F (7:22 am)

Temperature – official from TV or Weather Underground, in degrees Fahrenheit
• High: 82 – first time this year that we officially got to 80 degrees
• Low : 62

Precipitation
• about 0.5 inches of rain (0.375 when I measured but some will have evaporated)

Ground Conditions
• varies, as usual, from damp to very wet

Gardening and Yard Work
• B. came over to mow the lawn and help with yard work, he did the whole lawn this time, even the wet areas
• I filled the upside-down goldfinch feeder with fresh thistle seed
• I pruned the smaller branches off the broken cherry tree branch that hangs down to the ground so that B. could mow around it
• I pulled the weeds with the little white flowers from the corner garden
• a few other little odds and ends and supervising B.

Butterflies
• cabbage white
• red admiral – the first identified butterfly that isn’t a cabbage white

Birds
• hummingbirds – sighted the first one of the year at 12:02 pm, it was at the feeder in the patio garden, saw another one (or the same one) later at the other feeder – this one was a female and I didn’t notice with the first one, one or two more sightings after that
• cardinals – female, male
• wren

Other Animals
• rabbit – a little baby one
• squirrel

January 14, 2014 – Sun, Clouds, And a Trace of Rain

Conditions
Bright sun and blue skies this morning, then becoming cloudy in the afternoon. A little bit of rain this evening.

Ground Conditions
• very soggy and wet

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 40 about 10:45 or so (my observations, mercury thermometer)
• 46 and 27 (official from TV)

Precipitation
• just a trace of rain (not enough to measure)

Gardening and Yard Work
• put out a new block of suet and propped up the one plant hook that was leaning over (pulled over by the wire I hang the suet on)

Observations
• the suet is gone – time to put more out

Birds
• goldfinch
• smalls
• dove
• geese – a flock flying
• cardinal – female, male

January 13, 2014 – “Warm” and Windy with a Little Rain

Conditions
• Cloudy, “warm”, and windy. A little rain in late afternoon and into the evening.

Ground Conditions
• soggy even before the rain

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 49 or 50 about 10:45 am, 50 about 4 pm, about 47 at 9:30 pm (my observations, mercury thermometer)
• 51 and 42 (official from TV)

Precipitation
• about 1/8th inch of rain

Observations
• didn’t do much observing

Birds
• cardinal – female, male

January 11, 2014 : Warm Start, Temperature Drops, Rain

Conditions
• Warm, dark, rainy and windy with some peeks of sun. Temperatures dropping through the day.

Ground Conditions
• soggy wet, a tiny bit of snow left where I had shoveled some, but I think it was gone too by tonight

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 51 about 11:15 am, 50 about 11:40 am (my observations, mercury thermometer)
• 51 and 35 (Weather Underground)
• the high was shortly after midnight last night

Precipitation
• 0.5 inch of rain

Birds
• great blue heron or crane or stork or something – this morning a very large bird with very long legs and neck flew by and landed on top of the big farmhouse next door, but by the time I got my tripod and camera out it was gone
• woodpecker – downy (or hairy)
• cardinal – female, male

Other Animals
• squirrel

January 5, 2014 : Snow Storm Fizzles (or should I say drizzles?)

Conditions
– Cloudy, “warm”, rain. There was drizzle and maybe some light rain in the morning and early afternoon. Rain becoming heavier in mid-afternoon and continuing into the evening with some fog developing in late afternoon. Rain changed to snow by 9 pm.
– A snow storm was forecast with maybe some rain mixed in, and 3 to 6 inches of snow, but they were wrong.

Ground Conditions
– mostly snow covered but also standing water and slush from the rain and melting snow
– everything covered in snow again later tonight

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– 37 or 38 at 10:30 am, almost 40 at noon, 40 in early afternoon, 39 about 4:30 pm, about 29 at 11 pm (my observations)
– 37 and 23 (official from Weather Underground)
– the low was just before midnight tonight

Precipitation (my observations)
– a little over 0.5 inch of rain
– 0.75 inches of snow

Observations
– didn’t do much observing today

Birds
– juncos
– cardinal – male, female
– hairy woodpecker – male

Other Animals
– squirrels

Day 013 – January 13, 2013 – Sunday

Weather
cloudy, temperatures dropping
rain – 1/4 inch in the early am and more starting about 3 pm

Conditions
very wet
snow all gone

Temperatures (Official) (Fahrenheit, from TV or Weather Underground)
65 and 33
the high was in the early am last night and the low was tonight before midnight

Temperatures Observed (Fahrenheit, my observations, mercury thermometer)
56 around 5 pm

Humidity
high

Precipitation
7/8ths of an inch of rain

Birds
cardinal – male

Other Animals
squirrel

Day 012 – January 12, 2013 – Saturday

Weather:
very warm
cloudy with a few peeks of sun
a trace of rain in the morning and light rain shower(s) tonight

Conditions:
ground conditions are very wet
only a couple very small piles of snow by the street where the snow plows piled it

Temperatures (Official): (Fahrenheit)
63 and 51 (from TV)
64 and 51 (from Weather Underground)
the high was just before midnight tonight

Temperatures Observed: (Fahrenheit, my observations, mercury thermometer)
62 at 4 pm

Humidity:
probably high

Precipitation:
1 or 2 tenths of an inch

Birds:
doves
robin

Other Animals:
squirrels

2013/01/09 – Wednesday – Day 009

Weather:
a rain shower in the morning
sunny the rest of the day I think, but I think there were some high thin clouds

Conditions:
The snow continues to melt
Most of the snow has now melted and most of the ground is bare
There is some standing water

Temperatures (Official): (Fahrenheit, from TV or Weather Underground)
46 and 31

Temperatures Observed: (Fahrenheit, my observations, mercury thermometer)
45 in mid or late afternoon

Precipitation:
1 or 2 tenths probably

Birds:

  • cardinal – male
  • smalls – a bunch of them

Other Animals:

Photos:
some of the yard to show how the snow has melted and how much is left

December 24, 2012

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)

my observations: 41 about 3:30 pm

official (from TV): 38 and 25

Rain

1 or 2 tenths of an inch is my guess

Conditions

cloudy

a little rain in the morning

some fog/mist, and maybe a little drizzle, in late afternoon and evening

all the snow is gone I think

Gardening and Yard Work

Observations

Butterflies

none

Birds

cardinal – heard but not seen

Other Animals

didn’t see any

Cloudy, Cooler, A Few Showers

October 18, 2010

Weather:

  • High: 66.2 F (1:47 PM)
  • Low: 48.7 F (7:46 AM)
  • Humidity: 49%
  • Rain: A few showers this evening and tonight. Probably not more than a tenth or two of an inch.
  • Cloudy with a little sun. About 6 PM it got breezy and colder and then came the rain showers.

Birds: [I wasn’t really watching today]

  • Cardinals (2 or 3)
  • Black-capped Chickadees (2)

Butterflies: [I wasn’t really watching today]

  • None

Yardwork: Raked some leaves.