47 degrees in Seattle

wolfemacleodJune 16, 2010

My first post in this section. Hello! :)

It's the middle of June and it's 47 degrees here. What gives? Last night's rain were heaaavyyy!

Guess it wasn't safe to put my tomatoes out yet after all! >:(

I'm getting sick and tired of this bizarre weather we're having. It's turning my garden to mud!

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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Summer comes to Seattle after 4th of July festivities get rained on. One local climate change prediction made awhile back called for springs to get colder and darker (followed by hotter summers).

Tomato plants much better under plastic in this climate. Last time I grew some I had a nice crop coming on in August, only to have the plants blight off and collapse - well before fall.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 12:54PM
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earthworm73(WA z8)

I feel ya. I'm bout ready to throw in the towel for this summer. It's super frustrating with one day of warm sunshine and 4 or 5 days of cool/cold rainy days. Last day of school and kids are wearing jackets. Jeez!

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 2:35PM
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wolfemacleod

If I recall correctly, by this time last year, wasn't it already very warm and sunny, with little rain? Memory says that summer was already upon us...

I show this day last year had a max of 68.9 degress and a low of 57.4

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 2:54PM
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nancyanne_2010(Z 8 / WA)

I'm going to sue al gore. he promised us this global warming thing that was going to make seattle zone 10 by 2012 so I went out and bought / started a lot of ultra tropicals to get a head start on everyone.

Now I'm sitting here in the middle of june with my plumeria, cloves, black pepper (piper nigrum), cacao, carob, vanilla orchids, and cinnamon under lights waiting for it to warm up so they can go outside for more than a few hours every semi - nice day.

Right now I'm sort of praying for a LITTLE global warming to set in (but not the 100+ like last summer)

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 6:46PM
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thesecretofjoy

So much dismay and consternation over the unpredictability of PNW weather. the only thing you can count on when it comes to Seattle weather is that you can't count on it!

Build a hoop house or two. Cheap, takes less than an hour, and my tomatoes have been growing happily inside it for weeks. They could stay in there all summer if it never gets very warm outside.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 7:52PM
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nancyanne_2010(Z 8 / WA)

The difference between a Seattle summer and a Seattle winter?

Warm rain or cold rain.

Seattleites don't tan, we rust.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 8:35PM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Actually the rainfall here is less than most of the eastern half of the country.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 9:20PM
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nancyanne_2010(Z 8 / WA)

It's obvious the NW has more know-it-all narcissists.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 10:59PM
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larry_gene

Our tomatoes and peppers in Portland are doing well under plastic sheets so far.

June 15: Coldest day at Airport, records begin 1940.
Wettest June ever.

Downtown: Wettest June since 1888; 122-year span.

Today was colder at the house than yesterday.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 11:09PM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

A lot of plants seem to be loving it.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 3:25AM
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plantknitter(8)

I've been able to propagate cuttings by just leaving them out in the shady mist!

    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 10:55AM
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snap peas HAPPY. artichokes HAPPY. lawn VERY VERY HAPPY.

slugs... HAPPIEST OF ALL.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 11:13AM
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lucretia1

The plants love the rain, and so do I. Last year this time I was spending a couple of hours every morning schlepping water out to all the thirsty young plants. This year the rain is doing the work for me, and my back is very grateful. If only the weeds didn't grow so darn fast!

If you check out the NOAA precipitation analysis site, we're just starting to get to where we should be for year-to-date rainfall in a lot of the Puget Sound area, and some places are still below where they should be for this date. It was a below-average winter and early spring for rain, so I'm happy for some extra water to catch up. The new shrubs and trees are getting a good chance to get established. The best sprinkler system in the world can't do for the yard what rain does.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 11:33AM
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earthworm73(WA z8)

It's 3 days till summer and i can see my breath at 11:30. Ridiculous!

    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 2:27PM
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briergardener_gw

We should blame SLUGS, they learned how to ask for rain.
They are so happy these days enjoying fast growing greens (these are happy with rain as well) in my backyard.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2010 at 9:00AM
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plantknitter(8)

We are just wasting the longest days of the year to this weather.
16+ hours of daylight (can't say sunlight) should be wonderful- long twilights lost to the clouds..........sighhhhhhhhh

    Bookmark   June 18, 2010 at 10:54AM
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Karchita(WA Z8)

I have a strict policy about not complaining about weather. Nevertheless, I do have this to say: Hmpt.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2010 at 2:09AM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Come on, yesterday was lovely. Don't you like being bundled up?

    Bookmark   June 21, 2010 at 2:30PM
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plantknitter(8)

It didn't even get daylight yesterday, did it?

Longest day of the year and yet it was the darkest day of the year!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2010 at 2:11AM
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dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)

It's certainly an interesting weather pattern. On S. Vancouver Island, we have been at the edge of the rain/cloud mess that is plaguing Washington so we have been getting a little more sun and not much rain. My son lives 100 miles north on the island, and he has been getting lots of sunshine. Surely we will get summer here soon! And, btw, I'm fed up with all of the wind -- it's been darned COLD.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2010 at 12:21PM
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ashebooks(8)

Tell me about it. I'm in Olympia and the weather is driving me crazy.

Anyone remember the sunmer of 1986 I remember watching the 4th of July fireworks from the top of Queen Anne bundled in winter clothing, then going home after the fireworks and lighting a fire (in the fireplace) LOL

    Bookmark   June 22, 2010 at 5:21PM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Oh no, it's never been like this here before.

Ever.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2010 at 11:01PM
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plantslayer(8)

My tomatoes grew wonderfully under my tent until I decided it was nice and warm out, and they were getting too tall, both things that were true at the time. That was like 3 weeks ago. Little did I know what June had in store for us... now I've got some tomatoes growing on the vines, but the plants are like 4 ft tall and healthy but with almost no fruit set in the bottom two feet. I wish I had planted Siletz again like last year, those things feel no pain.

Cucumbers: didn't plant them out for weeks because it was too cold outside. Grew some indoors, waited and waited because it just wouldn't get warmer, finally planted them out last weekend. I go back to the garden today, and one of them is totally dead (either fungus or a slug killed it at the base) the others looks pathetic. Cucumbers hate being transplanted. At least the new leaves seem healthy... but it's the middle of JUNE for crying out loud. I'll probably get one or two pickings of cukes before the vines die off.

At least I know now it wasn't my fault, but the weather's. How the h3ll was I supposed to beat this??

All I've got that is doing really well is bunching onions and snow peas.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2010 at 1:04AM
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ian_wa(Sequim)

38 degrees here this morning. Did anyone have........................ frost?

    Bookmark   June 30, 2010 at 12:34PM
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briergardener_gw

Did you have a chance to enjoy hot weather?

    Bookmark   July 12, 2010 at 11:41AM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

This being post 4th-of-July July, 10 day outlook calls for sunny and dry. Think you'll be able to stand it?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2010 at 10:20PM
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