With the early warm temperatures we experienced this year the Fruit Trees were already beginning to bloom when the temperatures turned cold again. On March 15th the temperature at the Fruit Station dropped to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Critical temperatures for frost
We noticed that the Magnolia stellata was blooming last week! It is usually in full bloom around April 1, so it looks like things are developing early at this point. That brings bad memories of the Easter Freeze of 2007
It was a frosty morning today after a warm October and November. Our Real-Time Weather Station at Mountain Grove recorded 32.8 degrees Fahrenheit for a low, so only parts of the landscape had frost. The first fall frost is almost
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, you can predict the winter weather with a persimmon seed. Seeds were cut open from the trees here at the Fruit Station and they all had spoons inside. The folklore goes… If the kernel is spoon-shaped it means lots
Susanne Howard took some phone photos this misty morning and shares them on the blog.
The Forest Technology Systems weather station senses and records data for the Fire Program got an upgrade today from Department of Conservation personnel Ben Webster, MDC Fire Program Supervisor; Terry Thompson, MDC Forestry Ozark Regional Supervisor and Russell Hinnah, MDC
We have had so much rain this year, even into July. In May, we had a total of 6.63 inches; June 7.02 inches; and so far in July 5.87 inches! Randy Stout asked me to take a photo of our
We are waiting (and waiting) for the apple leaves to fall in order to begin pruning – but it just isn’t happening. If deciduous trees don’t drop their leaves as they should, we say we have a marcescent falll. Marcescent
We had a spring freeze this morning (on our last average frost date in spring). The hourly average temperature was below freezing from 10 pm Monday evening through 7 am Tuesday morning. Peaches and other stone fruits were in bloom.
Spring blew in this Wednesday which was quite cold and windy. Then it snowed – so I doubt if anyone is “thinking spring”. The good news is that the plants are not budding out very much at all so we will not have