Weather Review for 2014 at the End of the Road

  • Post published:01/29/2015
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January 12, 2014
January 12, 2014    32 degrees at 7 am  Windy day

A year ago I determined that I would keep a Weather Review for the year. The purpose of the Weather Review was an aide memoire because I can never remember whether last summer was droughty – or was it the year before.  I  wasn’t able to stick to a strict schedule of photography, but here we go for a quick run through the year.  January 2014 was a month of extremes with  early morning temperatures that ranged from -10 on January 4, to 38 on January 14.

February 2, 2014
February 2, 2014  34 degrees at 7 am

February was cold with lots of snow. Snow on February 5, 8, 13, 14, 15,  snow showers until February 20 when we got a wet snow fall.  Just cold!

March 9, 2014
March 9, 2014  20 degrees at 8 am and sunny

March was cold, single digit temperatures until March 8 dawned sunny and warm 40 degrees! Perfect for Heath’s first Cellar and Cave Tour. March 12 temperatures rose to 50 degrees with rain!   But then plunged to single digits again.  We finished the month with warmer temperatures and RAIN.

April 6, 2014
April 6, 2014  32 degrees and sunny at 7 am

April brought freezing temperatures, and rain, but also warmth and sun.  Temperatures up from 38 to 52 and 70 degrees. However Easter dawned  cloudy and 32 degrees, but got as high  as 56.  Planted pansies.

April 16, 2014
April 16, 2014  20 degrees at 7 am  Two inches of snow

At least April snow doesn’t last long.

May 12, 2014
May 12, 2014   Mid day temperatures in the 90s

You can’t see the bloom from this distance, but bloom there is. Forsythia, daffodils, epimediums. And after a heavy rain, 2 inches, the night before the Bridge of Flowers Plant Sale on May 16 went off without a hitch in the sun.  Many days with temperatures in the 50s. Frost occasionally threatened but the lowest recorded temperature was 40 degrees on May 29.

June 6, 2014
June 6, 2014  58 degrees at 7 am

Almost time for the Annual Rose Viewing. There is color in the garden, but no roses yet. The month began hot with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Mostly moderate temperatures in the 70s during  the rest of the month. Perfect weather for the Annual Rose Viewing on June 29

July 16, 2014
July 16, 2014  75 degrees at 7 am  showery day  three inches of rain at night

July begins with a heat wave. Temperatures in the 80s. Torrential rains on the Fourth of July. All festivities cancelled. The last three days of the month were the coolest  with temperature at 58 degrees each morning at 7.  The highest temperature in the 90s on July 23. Thunderstorms.  Look here and see how happy  the flowers were.

August 19, 2014
August 19, 2014  54 degrees at 7 am

After a hot July, August was comparatively cool. Many temperatures below 60 early in the morning. The first day of the Heath Fair temperatures barely got over 60.  I recorded 80 degrees on August 26, the hottest for the month, but we did spend 4 days in Vermont. Maybe we missed the hot weather.  Lots of flowers in August, as you can see.

September 21, 2014
September 21, 2014

No recorded temperature for September 21, but it was cold  and I was sick and spent the day by the woodstove.  As in June many early morning temperatures were around 60 degrees.  Torrents of rain on September 6, over 2 inches. September was a month of pleasures, visits to friends, a granddaughter’s wedding and the beginning of autumn color.

October 6, 2014
October 6, 2014     36 degrees at 7 am

Our first hard frost! Moderate morning temperatures mostly in the 60s until October 20  gave us 30 degrees. The coldest morning of the month. It is time to start thinking about the end of the garden but in mid-month there is still a lot to enjoy.

October 14, 2014
October 14, 2014

The First Snow.  At least a snow like this, a couple of inches in October, doesn’t last too long.

November 28, 2014
November 28, 2014

On November 28th, the day after Thanksgiving, we left the family throng to race home because our neighbor’s Facebook page announced 17 inches of snow and 31 powerless hours.  Fortunately, the long power outage was oddly scattered and did not hit our house.  Our pipes were not frozen.  Beautiful, isn’t it?

December 9, 2014
December 9, 2014    30 degrees at 7 am

Snow is pretty, but sleet, freezing rain and ice are not.  Still morning temperatures are often around 30 degrees.  The coldest day recorded was 15 degrees on December 30.

December 25, 2014
December 25, 2014

Christmas Day in the morning! And so ends my Weather Review for 2014.  When I think back to our second December in Heath when the temperatures dipped below -25 every night for a month, I have no  complaints.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Lisa at Greenbow

    You have the perfect view poiint of your garden. I always look forward to your reports. They have made me more aware of my own garden. I don’t have such a fantastic view though.

  2. Pat

    Lisa – I am really happy with my review. I realize as I look at the temperatures they are very moderate. Rarely too hot, and rarely very cold. I should never complain.

  3. marjorie

    Loved reading your weather review Pat. And seeing your garden change. Thank you for a great post.

  4. honestday

    Not only is this weather log completely fascinating and quite valuable (I’m hoping you’ll continue these regularly documentations of the passing weather and horticultural scene), but at the moment, at the very end of January, it gives one hope. Actually hope seemed to have arrived fleeting in March and then reasserted itself more lastingly by your May photo. I know it snows in April in West County, but I’m stubbornly, unrealistically viewing that as an aberration. So I’m going to wait ti out, as we all do each year, and just plain wallow in springtime when it arrives.

  5. Pat

    Marjorie – I have really enjoyed keeping this fairly accurate weather journal.
    honest day – I will definitely continue by weather journal. Thanks for the comments.

  6. LaTinque

    Gosh, it’s nice to see those green months. Lke Honest Day, I’m looking forward to seeing them again soon in real life!

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