A Good Day To Be Stuck Inside

It started off a rather gloomy day with thick fog and indistinguishable views of the forest so it was a good time to spend a couple of hours in the barn across the river. In this barn we have the Super Split set up along with several empty cribs awaiting to be filled up. My job on this day was to split enough wood to fill at least one of the cribs which hold a half-cord of firewood each and to make enough wood into kindling sized pieces to rack up for drying which is about a quarter-cord of wood.

As the fog thickened and obscured most of my view, I was comfortable in the barn with the dogs as company and only needing to go outside to get a second and third Gator load of wood that had already been cut from the log deck into 16 inch chunks. Continue reading

Preview Of Daybreak

sunshine on foggy mountainJust before the sun broke over the horizon of a rather cloudy day with a fluffy blanket of fog hovering on the treetops, a shaft of sunlight pierced through and lit up a wedge of the hill.

It lasted less than a couple of minutes because the shaft of bright light was soon consumed by the upper and lower clouds. But the momentary glory showed that the day wasn’t as bleak as it looked and that soon the sun would do its job and burn off the thick moisture to warm and light a new day.

August Fog Totals

You may remember that I had talked about an Old Farmers Almanac prediction that correlates the snow during the wintertime to fog during the month of August. Here are the totals for the month.

Heavy fog (that doesn’t rise or disappear before noon) 2days

Fog (that lasts until 10 or later) 4 days

Light or Skiff Fog (very light or only on East or West) 3 days

No Fog 22 days

The totals for fog were much fewer than the last two years. If Old Farmers Almanac is true to prediction, there will be less snow days than either of the last two years in this area.

More to come as the winter progresses…

Monitoring Fog Conditions

A couple of years ago, I stumbled across a saying in a musty, old Farmers Almanac. The adage gave credence to the notion that the foggy days of August could foretell the severity of the upcoming winter season. For this neck of the woods, the foggy days predict the amount of snowy days we should expect. Although it is not scientific by any stretch of the imagination, the last two years of data seemed to be not far off from actual winter conditions.

So with this being August 1st, I will again be logging the fog conditions for the month on a day-by-day basis and reporting the findings on this site. With our incredible dry and hot summer, I am rooting for lots of foggy days during the month. Continue reading

Not Quite As Freezy

A dog stands at the edge of the field while fog begins to form.The cold snap broke and we are slowly getting back to a weather pattern that is more typical. Pipes and hoses are no longer frozen solid and we can water the animals with the irrigation again between nights that freeze and days that thaw.

Forecasts have been waffling for a week about the chances of snow on the 25th. We had less than a trace two days ago and it disappeared as the sun came up.

In the fields, the ground is still frozen several inches down below the turf while the moisture in the air hovers in patches across the trees and into the dips of the field.

Butler the dog watches the fog as it dances around. He is hoping to see a coyote or bird move about so he can go running, but for now it is just the fog.

Totals For August

August seemed to slip by quickly with all the picnics, BBQs and get-togethers going on but I managed to keep a daily list of fog sightings. That is with the help of Mike when I headed to the beach for a few days of fun.

For new readers, the Old Farmers Almanac had a saying about the amount of fog you have in August is an indicator about how many snow days you will have come wintertime. Last August seemed to have a little more fog than normal, this last winter we experienced more snow than normal so I decided to fog watch this year to see if it is as accurate. Continue reading