Warmer than average winter?

mosswitchNovember 29, 2012

That's what's predicted for our area this year. Not a lot of moisture in the form of rain or snow. I'm watching the long range forecasts and weather patterns but this may be the first year in many that I will not order any new hostas. I have enough to water already without planting more to baby and worry about.

Besides I still have a couple of flats of seedlings that aren't in the ground yet. And I did plant a slew of new hostas this fall already.


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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

The snowpack in Siberia is very deep right now, which usually means a colder than normal winter.That doesn't necessarily mean more snow, but it could.The long term forecast based on this fact has been highly accurate over the past few years.


Here is a link that might be useful: Siberian snowfall and US weather

This post was edited by steve_mass on Thu, Nov 29, 12 at 13:45

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 1:43PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Mosswitch- Yeah, that is what I say around this time every year too. ;-)

Steve- I see you were able to edit your post. How cool is that?


    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 2:55PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

Here in northern Virginia, we have been told to expect high amounts of snow this year. I teach. I am doing my happy (snow) dance!

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 9:29PM
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We have been in the high 60's and 70's here with a high pressure stuck over us. Same as this summer. And more of the same predicted for a while. A mild December is predicted. Maybe a cold snap towards the first of 2013. The La Nina/La Nino weather pattern is in a neutral phase, which probably means little moisture and warmer than normal temperatures here in the Ozark region.

Of course, it could change. I'm hoping for lots of snow. We are still under drought conditions here.


    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 11:35PM
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bernd ny zone5

Here in NY state, zone 5, I waited with my grandson for the school bus this morning, it was in the mid twenties and all kids were shivering. But starting Sunday temperatures will rise to 55 degrees. Probably we again will not see a week of -20 this winter as we had it in the 1970s.
Though my streaker hosta seeds are germinating at 76 degrees in the basement, no leaves yet. It is good to garden in winter!

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 9:06AM
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We atre supposed to have a cold winter this year,but it's been fairly nice so far,but this isn't winter,yet! Nights have been below freezing lately,with warm-ups later,and this weekend is supposed to be warm,also,but it still isn't winter. I hope it is cold this winter to cut down on the number of insects for next year. I sure don't want such a warm spring and later cold snap we had this year! Phil

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 9:21AM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

We've been mild and dry so far. Some of my hosta still have green leaves.


    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 3:32PM
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gardenfanatic(MO zone5b)

Right there with you Sandy... This is how last winter started out and we ended up with a warmer than normal winter with a whopping total of 4 inches of snow for the entire winter.

Not that I like cold temps, but I'd prefer we have a normal winter. Warmer temps result in drier soil, and if we hardly get any moisture like last year, our drought status will continue in the exceptional drought category. I hate to think of what summer will bring.

Not to mention, a warm winter means bugs galore.


    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 11:00PM
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Rain, rain, we're getting a December thunderstorm! Love it, love it! It was in the 70's here in SW Mo today, windy and warm. I really don't mind the warm weather, if it will just rain once in a while.
Or snow.


    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 11:40PM
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gogirlterri(5 IL)

Sandy-We set a new record high temperature yesterday at 71F beating the old record by 1 degree. Nov. total rain was 0.8" and Dec. is 0.01". You aren't alone dear!

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 8:07AM
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bernd ny zone5

I liked it that I did not need to do any oil change, greasing, etc. on my snow blower for this winter, we had little use of it last winter. Who needs 5 ft snow banks on the drive way, I hope for a mild winter! We have rain today at 56 degrees, hosta seedlings show first leaves, and goldfish are in their 55 gal tank, also in the basement.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 8:50AM
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