Monday, August 31, 2009

Almost September = late July??

Does this look like almost September to you? It doesn’t look that way to me either. I guess this is what buckets of rain in August means. Almost September looks like mid-late July. Usually, this late in August, the forest, the grass, the fields are all turning brown. As August is usually hades-hot and dry here, brown vegetation is not a surprising result.

This year August has been cool and wet, and this morning’s photo shows the result of that. Today, the weather feels like early fall, like late September perhaps. The temperature was in the upper 50’s this morning; the humidity has crashed to about 0 (after a deluge of 2" on Friday evening that cleared it). I’m not complaining, though I feel this weird disconnect about a forest that looks like late July but feels like late September. Usually, I don’t see a two month spread between how the forest looks and how it feels.

I have no idea what will happen in September this year. I suspect the long stretch of wet weather will extend the life of the leaves hanging on to the trees, even if the temperatures stay on the cool side. We’ll just have to wait and see how this plays out in another 4-8 weeks. I’d like to think the moisture would help create brilliant fall colors in another several weeks. The fall colors haven’t been much to speak of for the past few years, mostly because of dryness. Last year was better than the year before, but still wasn’t up to standard, in my opinion. I wouldn’t mind if the fall color lasted longer than a week, either. I just hope it’s not the green shade that lasts into November.

About the only prediction I think I can safely make is that I don’t expect to see a "typical" September because of August’s weather. What form that untypical September will take, though, isn’t something I can predict. And how deeply this unique August weather will affect the forest even later into the fall is yet another mystery. Stay tuned. I think it’s going to be interesting.


Squirrel said...

I find it hard to believe September is almost upon us. I need to start stacking wood for the winter.

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Hey, try 47 last night and mid-60s now (1:30 pm) for some unseasonable weather. And I'd say it looks more like late-June or early-July here. We've had absolutely no heat this summer. It has been very cool, with rain every few days—not enough to ever get the river more than barely discolored for a half-day or so, but enough that it has stayed lush and green from late-April onward.

I noticed yesterday that most of my walnuts had fall, but there's no a yellow leaf to be seen on the tree, nor have the hickories begun looking rusty, or the woodbine coloring up in the least. It will be an interesting fall colorwise. I wouldn't make bets either way—though I'm hoping for great color.

Like Squirrel, I soon have to stack firewood…except a lot of mine, I have to split from 30–40 inch rounds first.

Cathy said...

hmm, interesting you're still pretty muchgreen and I'm starting to see other plants starting to die back now.

What is also interesting, some the maple are dropping their leaves and they are still green. Some the maples are being affected by tar spot disease."Yes, I look it up tonight" Which gives the leaves a "wonderful" black spotted look

I do hope for a drier Sept!