Monday, February 1, 2010

Daffodils Don’t Lie

…but they have been known to exaggerate. The past couple of mornings, temperatures here have been in the mid-20s (degrees F). For those who live north of here, that might not sound cold, but for Georgia, it is. However, the daffodils are undaunted. Mine are saying that spring is on its way:



As forecasters, the daffodils have been right year after year, so I’m not going to start doubting them now ;-)

The Old Farmer’s Almanac.com also expects spring to arrive, essentially on time, and that it won’t be all that unusual. The Annual Weather Summary: November 2009 to October 2010 for the Atlanta area, published on the almanac site, expects that

“Winter will be colder than normal, on average, primarily due to a cool March. The coldest periods will occur in early to mid-December, early to mid-January, and early to mid-February. Precipitation will be above normal near the South Carolina coast, below normal west of Raleigh, and near normal elsewhere. Expect above-normal snowfall in much of the region, with the greatest threats for snow in mid-January and mid-February.

April and May will be much warmer and drier than normal.
Summer will be cooler and slightly rainier than normal, with the hottest temperatures in early to mid-August and other hot periods in mid-July and late August.
September and October will be slightly cooler and drier than normal.”


We’ve already had a few weeks of consistently cold weather, so I believe the “cold winter” part even though we’ve been disappointed in the “snow” category. I am hoping that the “cool March” part is wrong, though, because our firewood pile is looking a little thin.

However, if the April/May part of the forecast turns out to be correct, then this will not be a great year for spring greens unless I plant them now. To be honest, I’ve never used the almanac as a guide before, but I think I am going to gamble that it could be correct and start some spring greens next weekend.

3 comments:

  1. I love daffodils ! All the old timers around here swear by the almanac! I figure there must be something to it for them to stick by it all these years.

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  2. Hi Melodie! I love daffodils, too, and the whole progression of flowers as actual Spring approaches. One of my happiest days each year is the day the trout lilies bloom (and then there are the crocus and the bleeding hearts ...).

    Glad to hear about the almanac's being considered a reliable source.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Amy, NW of Atlanta

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  3. I am getting excited to start as well. We have been over 7 degrees warmer here everyday this month. In fact warmest January on record. Makes me want to start early too. Peace

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