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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:14 am    Post subject: Re: Evening sun Reply with quote

mustaffatap wrote:
Why have we got evening sunlight on an East facing internal wall on April 18th, the wall that normally only ever gets evening sunlight for two days a year in mid June?
Something doesn't seem right with the weather.

something doesn't seem right with the solar system if you're getting sunlight from the east in the evening; i suspect it's as dirt digger suggested.
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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh how quickly all is forgiven and forgotten...
the May Bank Holiday weekend has seen 4 days of bright, dry and pleasantly mild weather. (At least in the Greater Dublin area) And after the coldest March/April since records began the promise of some early summer weather was relished by everyone. And with the pleasant working conditions we managed to get the pea bed sown, (Kelvedon Wonder) as we did with the Detroit Beets, The Golden Balls, The Purple Tops and The Beauty Hearts. We also managed to sow up an area with Red Clover (Trifolium Incarnatum) and we'll dig this in later in the year et viola, next Springs' cabbage patch is sorted...
but another interesting take on the past 4 days is, that it is the first four day period with consistently dry weather and temperatures above 16 degrees since March, and that's March last year, March 2012...14 months people, kind of really puts last year's summer, and this year's spring into perspective...Still, roll on those halcyon days, eh!...
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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rain glorious rain last night here! First rain this month, ground (where I haven't been watering) was bone dry,was getting tired of dragging the hose pipe around the house from front to back.
Been a fabulous weekend, a week of rain (until Friday) would do nicely thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have to agree Sneachta, much needed liquid sunshine, though some of those Darling Buds are to be severely tested later today and tomorrow with some rough winds about to blow over; the trees were so late in leafing up this year and here they are, barely into leaf and they are already having their green cover whipped from them...and 2 or 3 days of naturally wet weather with the temperature still about normal, will do more for your garden than 20 days of using a hose...
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 5:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some hail now would help. Slow release... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Eagleton of Met Eireann was on the Marian Finucane show yesterday talking about the Irish climate, our current weather and the prospects for Summer 2013.
Very interesting.
Said that the Earth's weather system and climate is the most complicated and random system that man has encountered and that our abilities at predicting it's behaviour is very limited.
Re-iterated that no accurate forecast can be made beyond 10 days, and that anyone that predicts further out than this is not reliable. I'd known this already but still have a sneaking hope that someone, somewhere, could tell us that we'll have a "good" summer.

He did say, based on the law of averages, we're going to have a summer that is not average. However, he cannot say if it will be better than average or worse than average!

Well, it's Sunday, 13:10, time for the Farming Forecast on http://www.aertv.ie/#rte-one
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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boys oh Boys you just gotta love the law of averages; when you're not certain of precision hit the not average button, and sure it's like a big gluteus maximus duvet...
I'll have a listen back later today because I missed it yesterday, as we were busy watering up the beds and weeding the onion ridge, and yesterday the temperature in the greater Dublin area hit 19 degrees Celsius, and travelling into work this morning it was easy to recognise those who'd been out and about in the fine weather yesterday, all bearing Rudolphesque red noses and foreheads and necks vying with the traffic lights for the brightest red glare...roll on the summer eh!
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At present a bright, dry and pleasant 19 degrees Celsius, with a light to moderate north-east wind and the promise of a mainly dry weekend in store...a mainly dry Whit weekend...in Dublin!!!
I tell you people, things are looking up eh?
and suddenly... an opportunity to catch up on all those tasks which slipped under the radar with the late spring...here's to greening the thumbs
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've had a gorgeous day here in Wexford, spending every available moment catching up with weeding !
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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

5.20am; and the early light is shattered with the raucous squawkings of the first of this year's new fledged house-sparrows being fed directly from the peanut feeders... Summer is arrived people, let's make hay...
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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ta Dahhhh......
21 degrees...
1st time in 9 months the temp has risen above 20 degrees Celsius in the north Dublin area...
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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, we got to 21 in North Wexford today...suddenly it feels as if summer is actually a possibility ! Enjoy every minute of it !
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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ay Sive, it would seem we are in for a fairly settled spell of weather; 7-10 days of reasonably dry weather, temps hovering near normal for the time of year, little precipitation with just the odd well scattered shower, and light to moderate breezes, not winds, breezes; and the promise of some extended sunny spells: sure we'll take it over last summer any day; and if we keep our veg patches well watered over the next 2 weeks or so, we'll have ideal conditions for a growth spurt and all the delayed growth from the very late spring arrival will be equalized...
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And so here we are, halfway through midsummer’s day, and halfway through the year.
All in all the early summer has been reasonable enough, with good periods of dry sunny weather and perhaps more importantly with temperatures, for the most part, at and about normal for the time of the year. Today is somewhat overcast, and there is some wet weather expected this evening and over the weekend so there aren’t too many who’ll get to see the midsummer sunset this evening, but there is a forecast of some more pleasant weather for next week, so, what we’ll loose on the slide we’ll gain on the swing.
June of last year was the wettest month of the year; it was also the dullest and coolest June in over 60 years, so already this year we have had a major improvement and long may it continue; well, till September…ish…anyway

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time to cue the Sunscreen and Dithane. According to forecast we are heading into a period of very warm, very moist and occasionally very sunny weather this coming weekend...brilliant, absolutely brilliant, the quintessential Irish summer forecast...Sunburn and Blight...but we must not moan too much, as anything is better than last year's offering...
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