Unsettled pattern...

By: Zachary Labe , 1:57 PM GMT on April 27, 2008

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"Afternoon Thoughts" (Updated 5/1)
Good Thursday evening!!! Pretty quiet weather day other than a few showers/sprinkles with the warm front that is moving northward. The sun was in and out making for highs still cool and in the 50s. Yesterday it was much colder with snow showers widespread in western Pennsylvania in the morning hours as far east as State College. That will probably be the last flakes of the season. This evening I updated the near term, short term, severe weather outlook, and regional forecast sections to accompany a more detailed forecast for this unsettled weekend. For next week look for the same weekly blog format. But next Sunday the Winter Recap Blog Part II will debut. Have a great rest of your day!!!

"Regional Radar"

(Courtesy of NOAA)

"Regional Satellite"

(Courtesy of Penn State Meteo.)

"Near Term Forecast" (Updated 5/1)(Friday)
For Friday the warm front will continue to lift northward. Combined with some sun instibility and increasing dewpoints scattered showers and thunderstorms may form, especially in the afternoon hours. Most of the action should be up in northern Pennsylvania due to the closer proximity to the warm front. But still in southern Pennsylvania where instibility is higher, pulse thunderstorms may be a threat. Temperatures will range from the lower 60s in the north to the mid 70s in the south. Cloud cover should be thick in the north with ceilings around 5000ft. In the south a broken cloud deck of cirrus and building cumulus will be prevelant. Aviation conditions will range in the northwest around MVFR and in the south in areas that see thunderstorms IFR may be the primary condition. Overall though a relatively nice day to end a busy work week.

"Regional Advisories"

(Courtesy of NOAA)

"Short Term Forecast" (Updated 5/1) (Saturday through Sunday)
Saturday through Sunday will be an active period with more of the instibility showers/storms ahead of the approaching cold front. Highs on Saturday will be in the low 70s to low 60s. And for Saturday night lows will be a mild upper 40s to low 50s. Sunday the front will approach with a thickening cloud deck limiting convection. More rain showers can be expected. Total rainfall amounts should not be too significant, especially in areas that do not necessarily see thunderstorms.

"Current Surface Map and Weekly History of Jet Stream Position"

(Courtesy of Weather Underground)

"Long Term Forecast" (Updated 5/1)
Well for the first time in a while I looked at the long term global models. It seems to be that we are going into a very unsettled typical "April Showers" type of pattern. With seasonable temperatures also throughout the period. My May outlook will be coming out this coming Sunday and will take care of the extended long term outlook.

"Wildfire Outlook" (Updated 4/28)
Well finally after a long dry period for many northern Pennsylvanians the time has come of renewed moisture. There were many brush fires last week and even some large forest fires in Clinton County. For the next week fire concerns are at utmost minimum.

"Fire Outlooks from Storm Prediction Center Days 1, 2, and 3"

(Courtesy of NOAA)

"Gardening Outlook" (Updated 5/1)
Cooler conditions will persist throughout this workweek. Areas north of the I-80 corridor may even be dealing with a few snow showers. Temperatures may drop below freezing due to cold-air advection. But frost will be limited because of the consistent northwest wind. So for northern Pennsylvania please cover your fragile vegetable plants that do not agree with below freezing temperatures. As far as moisture content of soil. It should remain high throughout the week after a few widespread rainfalls. Tuesday will still be cloudy with a few rain showers. And then come next weekend another stalled front moves in adding more rain. For the next 5-day period including today a widespread 2-2.5inches of rain should fall. Now is the time to get planting, especially for cool season vegetable gardens. An update on my vegetable garden, I am in the process of constructing two raised bed gardens for an expansion to my current small vegetable garden. My lettuce is on its 3rd harvest soon and my spring onions are getting very large. I did pull one to taste it and it was wonderfully sweet. My blueberry bushes are budding and my pea seeds are now sprouting above the soil. In my additional vegetable garden I hope to grow more veggies and herbs.

"Soil Moisture Anomalies and 5-day Precipitation Amounts from Hydro Prediction Center"

(Courtesy of NOAA)

Average Pennsylvania last freezes...

(Courtesy of PSU meteorology)

"Severe Weather Outlook" (Updated 5/1)
Severe Weather chances are still relatively low in the next upcoming days finishing out the week. But thunderstorm chances are definitely on the increase. As the warm fronts continues to lift northward across Pennsylvania a southwesterly mild flow will begin to form. Dewpoints and temperatures will be on the rise Friday. Lapse rates are relatively weak, but CAPE values do exceed around 500. Also with combined sunshine instibility may be just enough to develop some pulse type thunderstorms. PWAT's are still relatively low for Friday so flash flooding should not be a threat. But any strong updrafts in the individual cells may be just enough to bring down some pea sized hail as freezing levels are between 9000ft and 10000ft in the atmosphere. Only the strongest of the cells may be capable of this, but overall threat is near nonexistant. For Saturday CAPE values increase again to 500 to 600 with instibilty about equal to Friday. But overall widespread thunderstorms are not likely. For Sunday CAPE values weaken to around 100-300 with more clouds also so instibilty will be limited with the frontal passage. So the severe weather threat is minimal due to little instibility during time of frontal passage.

"Severe Weather Outlooks from Storm Prediction Center Days 1, 2, and 3"

(Courtesy of NOAA)

"Monthly Outlook" (April)
Well Spring is officially here though it may not feel like it outdoors with the cold northwest brisk wind and snow falling from an Alberta Clipper. But spring is here and winter is just producing some last gasps. For eastern areas after April 10 usually no more snow falls. In central areas the date is usually around April 15, and in western areas it is usually around the 20th of April. In the northwest mountains and Laural Highlands snow can be recorded throughout all of April. But as the old saying goes "April showers bring may flowers" so hopefully this April will not be as dry as past Aprils. Here is my Outlook for April...

Precipitation- Overal the long term pattern favors a very active midwest storm track putting Pennsylvania on the warmer and more cellular in precipitation side of the storm. I believe April precipitation will be above normal statewide with many days with showers and thunderstorms. Also after these coldfronts move through it will get colder with lake effect snow showers in the mountains. As far as snow, it will be the same areas that have seen snow all winter will get more snow. I do not expect hardly any snow in the south and east. But I believe snowbelts will recieve possibly above normal snowfall. For rainfall it appears to be above normal in all areas with some areas in the southeast possibly recieving several inches more of rain than average. Severe weather may also be a factor in the later half of the month.

Temperature- For temperatures they will probably average near normal to slightly below normal. The long term shows slight greenland blocking with a neutral NAO favoring cool conditions over the state. But during times when storms head west of region warmer air will move into Pennsylvania. But I believe by the end of April temperatures will be above normal with the southeast ridge affecting our region. This year may be a year with a jump from winter to summer with only a little spring.

"Temperature and Precipitation Outlooks from Climate Prediction Center for next 30 days"

(Courtesy of NOAA)

"Regional Forecasts" (Updated 5/1) (Friday)
1. Eastern- (Allentown, Southern Poconos)-
A few showers and isolated thunderstorms. Partly cloudy to mostly cloudy. High 75.

2. South Central (Harrisburg, York, Lancaster)(my home)-
A few thunderstorms. Partly cloudy to mostly cloudy. Humid. Hazy. High 76.

3. Southern- (Philadelphia)-
An isolated thunderstorm in region. Humid. Hazy. Pollution levels on rise, smog. High 78.

4. Central- (State College)-
Scattered thunderstorms. Slight chance of small hail. Warmer and more humid. High 70.

5. Northern- (Erie, Bradford, Williamsport)-
Rain showers and isolated thunderstorms. Rainfall less than .25inches. High 60.

6. Western- (Pittsburgh)-
Scattered thunderstorms. Slight chance of small hail. Rainfall less than .1inch. High 73.

7. Johnstown, Altoona-
Scattered thunderstorms and showers. Mostly cloudy. High 64.

***Note on regional map, the number equals which region in Pennsylvania. I chose regions with similar climates, geography, and elevation to make my overall forecast for the region.


"Here north of Harrisburg 2008 statistics"
(Severe Weather Stats...)
Severe Thunderstorm Watches- 0
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings- 0
Tornado Watches- 0
Tornado Warnings- 0
Total Thunderstorms- 9

(Precipitation Stats...)
Flood Watches- 2
Flood Warnings- 3
Monthly Precipitation- 3.32inches
Yearly Precipitation- 13.66inches

(Temperature Stats...)
Heat Advisories- 0
Excessive Heat Warnings- 0
90degree days- 0

Low clouds upon the clearing horizon... (Blizzard92)
Low clouds upon the clearing horizon...
Low clouds upon the clearing horizon... (Blizzard92)
Low clouds upon the clearing horizon...

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70. Zachary Labe
11:54 PM GMT on May 02, 2008
Might have to issue a severe weather format blog for tomorrow. Some of the latest models hint at CAPE at over 1200 with LI indexes around -2. Even SPC has issued 5% for western and central Pennsylvania for being at risk for severe weather. No updates coming tonight. But come tomorrow there will be many updates.
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69. Zachary Labe
7:15 PM GMT on May 02, 2008
JDinWPA- Pretty nice day here today. But I see showers sliding into western Pennsylvania, in the northern part.
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68. JDinWPA
1:18 PM GMT on May 02, 2008
Good morning Blizz. This morning it looks like I'll be clipped by the showers to the north. Hopefully we won't get very much rain for the moment, I was planning on planting more onion plants, radishes and peas. It already 60 here; quite a change from Tuesday morning!
67. jthal57
10:21 AM GMT on May 02, 2008
raspberry-thanks. Happy planting!!
66. TheRasberryPatch
1:34 AM GMT on May 02, 2008
jthal - the newspaper should just be a strip and like i said it is to protect the stem where it comes out of the ground from cut worms. i have never seen cutworms around my stems, but it is a good precaution and the newspaper will decompose.
i hope to get my vegetable garden in completely this weekend with tomatoes, zuchini,cucumbers, carrots, beets, peppers, sugar snap peas, lettuce and onions. my potatoes are starting to come up. if you want to grow a hot pepper grow a tabasco. from your garden it can be extremely hot. when i make tabasco sauce with the peppers i have to blend it outside because the fumes take your breath away. and when i grind up the dried peppers again you have to take it outside. and when you use the dry powdered tabasco the tiniest amount goes a long way.
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65. Zachary Labe
1:01 AM GMT on May 02, 2008
Active weather out in the midwest with Blizzard Warnings out in western South Dakota and Tornado Warnings in eastern South Dakota. 13 tornado warnings have been issued so far today up and down tornado alley. Again tomorrow will be another busy severe weather day for the Mississippi Valley.
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64. Zachary Labe
12:56 AM GMT on May 02, 2008
cchamp6- Wow, some pretty cold stuff is for sure.

jthal57- Yea, got some brief evening rain showers here also.
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63. jthal57
12:00 AM GMT on May 02, 2008
raspberrypatch- i've tried that slant planting trick for tomatoes, it works! I haven't tried the newspaper, though. Planting my tomatoes this weekend!
low of 30.9F here this morning, got some light shower activity earlier this evening.
62. cchamp6
11:00 PM GMT on May 01, 2008
Hey Blizz,


According to the NBC weather guy in Hartford, it was the coldest reading in the state. New record at Windsor Locks of 28 degrees. Pretty cold stuff for May 1 !!!!
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61. Zachary Labe
8:39 PM GMT on May 01, 2008
cchamp6- 22 wow, that is a cold morning low. Only 38degrees here as the low.

TheRasberryPatch- It was a beautiful spring morning!
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60. TheRasberryPatch
12:09 PM GMT on May 01, 2008
what a beautiful morning here. the sun is out and everything is nice and green. we had a low of 36.1 F overnight.
another advice for tomatoes for everyone. dig a hole sideways and on a slant. lay the plant on that slant with the roots in the deepest part of the hole. trim off all leaves except the top 2 or 3. take some newspaper and wrap once around the stem where it comes out of the hole to protect against cut worms. cover with dirt and keep the top leaves above the dirt. the tomato plant will use that stem underground and send out roots throughout. the leaves will stick up to the sky within a day. it will straighten to the sun. don't try it with other plants. something to do with the tomato stem.
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59. cchamp6
12:05 PM GMT on May 01, 2008
Thats a really good idea. I think I will wait 2 weeks to plant them. I would hope it will be safe after that. I will keep that idea in mind though if I change my mind.

22 degrees here this morning!!!
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58. JDinWPA
1:36 AM GMT on May 01, 2008
Hi cchamp. Just a tip for planting tomatoes early. First plant the tomato deep, which is always a good idea for encouraging strong root structure. Then if you take an empty, and washed, gallon milk jug and cut the bottom out, it can be pushed into the ground over your tomato plant. Leave the lid off until frost threatens, then pop the lid on. In the morning, pop the lid back off before the plant cooks. The jug is like an cheap cloche.

I used to do this with a few tomatoes just to get them going early, but now I sink a few plants in a large container and keep them close to the front door until almost Memorial Day. Which is also my frost free date.
57. cchamp6
1:18 AM GMT on May 01, 2008
Already down to 32.
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56. cchamp6
1:17 AM GMT on May 01, 2008
Blizz,

Yeah I get those rogue wind gust reading as well. 106 mph a few weeks back. This time it wasnt the Heavy Weather, it was the Ambient Weather that transmits my data. Here is my link, check out the graph. Link
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55. Zachary Labe
12:08 AM GMT on May 01, 2008
***Busy day today so no new update is coming today, but look for one tomorrow.
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54. Zachary Labe
12:08 AM GMT on May 01, 2008
cchamp6- When my lacrosse station was my main station (similar to yours) I remember getting maybe once every 2 months a wierd reading from the station. For example one day it measured a 57mph gust on a perfectly calm day.

TheRasberryPatch- Ok, thanks I will look into it more from local dirt/mulch mass suppliers.

jthal57- 34degrees here this morning.
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53. jthal57
11:06 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
Blizzard- I did have a touch of frost this AM, 31.3 F at my place. Thankfully, I had crops covered. Looks like I'll be covering them again tonight.
52. TheRasberryPatch
9:23 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
blizz - i would still look into have good composted dirt delivered. it looks like you need about 2 cubic yards. i have never had great luck with bagged dirt except to amend the soil.
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51. TheRasberryPatch
9:18 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
cc - what do tomato plants cost. if you get them in the ground in a week or so and you lose them to frost you go buy new plants and get them in the ground for memorial day. i always get my fragile vegetable plants in the ground 2 weeks early and have yet to be disappointed.
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50. cchamp6
8:58 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
Lol,

I just checked my daily history for my station for this site. For some reason it has my low temp. this morning at -17 degrees!! My heavy weather program worked fine, but the ambient software went whacko for a minute this morning.
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49. cchamp6
8:51 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
Yeah, I think mid may is probably ok too. But my friend owns a nursey and confidently warns me to wait until Memorial day. You guys are several weeks ahead of us down there.
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48. cchamp6
8:50 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
Not a bad idea. My plants are in pots now and mobile. So I can move them from sun to the gargage during these real cold nights. My guess for tomorrow morning is about 23 degrees here. What was your low temp. this morning?
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47. Zachary Labe
8:49 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
cchamp6- For up there in Connecticut I would guess around Mid May would be a good time for tomato crops.
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46. Zachary Labe
8:30 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
I posted a little about the tornado outbreak in Virginia because it was very close in proximity to Pennsylvania. And that it seemed many people were caught off gaurd. So here is a recap of the event.


Here are the storm tracks of all of the tornadoes that moved through Virginia on April 28, 2008. A stalled cold front was beginning to start advancing eastward. A warm front attached began to move northward through Virginia putting them in the warm sector of the storm. A line of low-topped thunderstorms began to form in the western portion of Virginia moving northeast. The Storm Predicition Center had issued a slight risk area for the southern Middle Atlantic, but on less than 2% risk of tornadoes was forecast for Virginia. So overall forecast bust on the Storm Prediction Center's part.

Then a tornado watch was issued for southern Virginia...

The squall line began to rapidly form with rotation forming in many of the stronger embeded cells.

Then the SPC issued this immediant discussion...
MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0753
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0328 PM CDT MON APR 28 2008

AREAS AFFECTED...NORTHEAST NC...SOUTHEAST VA

CONCERNING...TORNADO WATCH 242...

VALID 282028Z - 282200Z

THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT FOR TORNADO WATCH 242 CONTINUES.

SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS...INCLUDING SEVERAL SUPERCELLS...CONTINUE TO
AFFECT PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST NC AND SOUTHEAST VA. THESE STORMS ARE
IN VICINITY OF WEAK SURFACE MESOLOW ANALYZED AT 20Z NEAR RIC.
LATEST VAD DATA SUGGESTS THAT ENHANCED BACKING OF LOW LEVEL WINDS
AHEAD OF THIS FEATURE IS PROVIDING STRONGER VERTICAL SHEAR PROFILES
THAN FORECAST. KAKW VAD INDICATED 3KM HELICITY VALUES IN EXCESS OF
400 M2/S2 PRIOR TO ARRIVAL OF STORMS. PARAMETERS APPEAR FAVORABLE
FOR A CONTINUED THREAT OF DAMAGING WINDS AND A FEW TORNADOES IN THE
ORF/ECG AREA DURING THE NEXT 1-2 HOURS.

FARTHER NORTH IN PARTS OF EASTERN VA/EASTERN MD/DE...LINE OF
CONVECTION MAY POSE A THREAT OF ISOLATED GUSTY/DAMAGING WINDS.
HOWEVER...MUCH WEAKER INSTABILITY /VIRTUALLY NO CG LIGHTNING
ACTIVITY/ SUGGESTS THAT OVERALL SEVERE THREAT IS CONSIDERABLY LESS
THAN IN CURRENT WATCH AREA.

..HART.. 04/28/2008


ATTN...WFO...AKQ...MHX...LWX...RAH...

36317754 37857684 38397567 38117444 35417538 34807700
34997797 35527821

At this time in the afternoon around 3pm things began to get rapidly underway. The strongest of the cells hit Colonial Heights and Suffolk County. Below are the final storm reports...


Unexpected many people had no idea that live changing tornadoes were headed towards southcentral Virginia. Many people complained of little warning time, though the NWS did issue warnings. In all final reports of 6 tornadoes across the state along with other wind and hail reports. Over 200 people were injured throughout Virginia from the storms, but thankfully not fatalities were reported.

Here are some pictures of the tornadoes and damage...



Here is a public information statement from the NWS concerning the event...
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WAKEFIELD VA
541 PM EDT TUE APR 29 2008

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

A SMALL BUT INTENSE CLUSTER OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED IN A
WARM...MOIST AIR MASS AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT ON MONDAY
APRIL 28...2008. THE STRONGEST STORMS OCCURRED OVER SOUTHEAST
VIRGINIA AND PRODUCED SIX TORNADOES.

THE STRONGEST TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR SUFFOLK, VA AT APPROXIMATELY
405 PM. MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE TORNADO HAD A PATH LENGTH OF ABOUT 10
MILES LONG AND A QUARTER MILE WIDE. THE PRELIMINARY RATING OF THIS
TORNADO IS AN EF-3...PENDING FURTHER ASSESSMENT. THE TORNADO WAS
ON THE GROUND FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES AND CAUSED WIDESPREAD DAMAGE TO
HOMES AND A FEW BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT SUFFOLK, VA.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE IN WAKEFIELD
VIRGINIA IDENTIFIED AND OUTLOOKED THE THREAT FOR SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS AS EARLY AS SATURDAY...APRIL 26. THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE IN WAKEFIELD ISSUED A WARNING FOR THE SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM WHICH PRODUCED THE SUFFOLK, VA TORNADO AT 303
PM...WHILE THE STORM WAS STILL IN NORTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA. THE
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CONTINUED TO INTENSIFY AND THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE ISSUED A TORNADO WARNING AT 311 PM FOR PORTIONS OF
SUFFOLK VA...ALMOST AN HOUR PRIOR TO THE STORM AFFECTING DOWNTOWN
SUFFOLK. THE TORNADO WARNING WAS REISSUED AT 350 PM...AND STATED
THAT THE TORNADO WOULD BE NEAR DOWNTOWN SUFFOLK BY 405 PM. AT 404
PM...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUED A SEVERE WEATHER
STATEMENT...STATING THAT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR
INDICATED A TORNADO NEAR DOWNTOWN SUFFOLK. THE PRELIMINARY LEAD
TIME FOR THE TORNADO WAS 15 MINUTES.

$$

NWS/AKQ












(All maps and pictures courtesy of NOAA)
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45. TheRasberryPatch
8:22 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
memorial day? i would guess you can do it a bit before. why not get them in the ground in a week or two. if a frost kills them you go buy more. if not your plants will produce earlier than most in your area.
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44. cchamp6
8:06 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
Hey Blizz,

Dropped down to 26 degrees here this morning. The garden froze solid! Tonight is suppose to be colder. I knew I should have waited another week to plant. Luckily everyone here warned me not to plant the tomatoe plants until Memorial Day.
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43. Zachary Labe
7:50 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
Northeast radar above having technical difficulties...
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42. Zachary Labe
7:27 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
TheRasberryPatch- I found a mix of garden soil made up of peat moss, manure, and forest "objects". It is 1cubic foot sized bag and it looks like I may need 35 bags to fill in my boxed raised beds.

lawntonlookers- For watering information be sure to check my gardening outlook which will let you know how much rainfall can be expected in a weeks time period. Nope no frost here though it did get to 34degrees. But as my forecast went I did not expect frost, the winds were not light enough and the dewpoints were too low. I just planted snow peas too from seeds about a week ago and they are about 2inches high too.

JDinWPA- Wow, that is something. I figured you would see flurries when I saw the radar this morning around 6am. Steady snow showers occured over the Laural Highlands, but no accumulations.

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41. lawntonlookers
2:56 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
Thanks Rasberry batch
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40. TheRasberryPatch
2:12 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
lawton be careful about hilling your plants. this book says that planting in hills is an invitation to trouble. in hills he says you thin to one or two plants. if insects attack the hill it is easy to lose every plant. if you plant in wide rows you may lose 4 or 5 plants from the row but there are other plants to fill in the row, where the hill it may be too late to replant and it takes a lot longer to fill in the bare dirt.
also, another piece of advice if you have a compost pile or want to naturally fertilizer. alfalfa meal. it is dried and powdered. it may be difficult to find. usually agway can get it for you if you can't find it. it is a great activator and fertilizer.
the book i mentioned is for any gardener and again i highly recommend it to everyone. it talks about every vegetable you probably can grow and pests and problems and anything else you can think. with lots of pictures and diagrams. it is an older book, but has lots of pictures. written by Dick Raymond.
Link
read the reviews.
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39. JDinWPA
1:29 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
Morning Bliz. It's snowing here. Not a lot, just the occasional flake and once in a while a couple of handfuls will fall from the sky. On the plus side, the temp bottomed only at 35 this morning. Still...
38. lawntonlookers
1:24 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
I have cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower plants that have been in for about 3 weeks. The snow peas were planted three weeks ago and are about two inches high. Lettuce, radishes and beets were also planted about three weeks ago and are starting to poke thru the soil. The spring onions are about a foot high and potatoes that were planted last week still have not poked thru. I have several walkways between the plots that I plant white clover on them to help keep weeds out and it also keeps me out of the mud. What I also try to do is hill the plants and provide a depression around the bottom of the hill that helps to hold water when it rains or when watering. Once it gets growing I will post a picture. Nothing better than having fresh veggies from your own garden. All we need is to have some rain about once a week to reduce the watering.

Here is a comment about watering the garden. If you use chlorinated water, it is better to use a neutralizer for the chlorine. The chlorine is placed in the water to kill bacteria, and when it is placed in the garden, it will also kill the good bacteria in the soil. The neutralizer can be the same that is used to condition a fish tank.
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37. TheRasberryPatch
1:01 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
no frost here. we had a low of 35.8F. i wanted to get out and plant my vegetable garden this weekend, but the weather doesn't look too promising. i prefer somewhat dry dirt to rake and set my rows. one advice for you gardeners. if you have the room plant in a raised dirt row and leave at least a rakes width between the rows which will be a little indented (below the row in height). it works great. you have room to walk in between your plants and it promotes more root production. i read about it in a book called 'the joy of gardening'. a real nice book to go to whenever you want information.
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36. lawntonlookers
12:41 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
Bliz:
Sounds like your garden is doing fine. I planted some tomatos and pepers on Sunday and hope the frost didn't get them. Did you have any frost up your way this morning. My garden is north of Harrisburg, and I live down in the Lawnton area. We didn't have any frost here, but as you know the further north makes a lot of difference.
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35. TheRasberryPatch
12:42 AM GMT on April 30, 2008
if you want some good soil, check out digmyearth.com at my last house i bought 10 cubic yards from them and was really impressed with the soil. it worked great for my vegetable garden. great. great soil.
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34. Zachary Labe
12:23 AM GMT on April 30, 2008
Thanks for everyone's help with parsley plants. My new constructed raised garden beds are 2ft x 6ft and 10inch high walls (wooden). So now I have to get the garden soil/manure/peat moss mixes and fill up each bed. There are 2 of the beds. After the soil then I will go on a vegetable/herb search, lol. I will be asking more questions, so keep the answers coming lol. I think I will take some pictures through my process of constructing these beds and then put them in a timelapse section of step by step pictures.
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33. TheRasberryPatch
12:08 AM GMT on April 30, 2008
watch your parsley. rabbits love the parsley. i am having a hard time keeping my parsley. just want to watch the rabbits and your garden. the rabbits love anything with a tasty leaf. beets, parsley, carrots. then the groundhogs love the squash and tomatoes.
i love cutting fresh parsley. if you want another good leaf herb is spearment. i keep it in a pot. very invasive. but a great leaf herb. i love putting it in ice water. so good.
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32. JDinWPA
11:55 PM GMT on April 29, 2008
Hi Bliz. Parsley is a bi-annual. Grows the first year, flowers the second. I have two patches of Italian strain. You guessed it, one is flowering while the other is for kitchen use. It will reseed itself easily. Just keep the other weeds out. If you start with a packet of seeds, they will take about two weeks to germinate. Throw a light straw/hay mulch over the seeds while they are germinating.

The other benifit of letting parsley flower is that the flowers are small, like dill, and an excellent food source for predatory wasps.
31. jthal57
9:09 PM GMT on April 29, 2008
parsley is doing well. Cool weather plant, available in Italian (larger leaf) and Curly (smaller, tighter leaf) varieties. Italian has more taste. You can start plucking the leaves as soon as plant starts establishing itself. I bought plants, don't know how easy to do from seed.
30. Zachary Labe
7:20 PM GMT on April 29, 2008
jthal57- Sounds great. How is the parsley growing? I am planning on putting some of those plants in my new garden.

JDinWPA- Wow 1inch of snow in Greene County. I have also heard in the northern Poconos snow was reported up on the highest ridge tops.
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29. JDinWPA
1:49 PM GMT on April 29, 2008
Good morning Bliz! On the local station this morning, I saw a pic from Greene county of cars and grass and driveway covered in about an inch of snow. Brrrr. Here, it got down to 37 this morning. At the moment there is about a 50/50 mix of clouds and sun and a rather chilly wind.

I have a cover for my lettuce for tonight and I haven't planted anything else that won't survive the cold. I'm kind of worried about the apple blossoms though. They're just starting to show color. Not much I can do about, unfortunately.

I'll check back later for any updates. Have a good day.
28. jthal57
10:40 AM GMT on April 29, 2008
Blizzard-I just added two 8 by 3.5 ft. raised beds to my existing garden. With rising food costs I thought it would be well worth the investment! Lettuce, parsley, snow peas onions and garlic doing well!
Ordered heirloom tomato plants online, they were supposed to ship to me May 1, but I got them last week. I am going to wait out this cool snap before I put them in the ground. They're currently in my basement under fluorescent light!
27. Zachary Labe
10:28 AM GMT on April 29, 2008
JDinWPA- Thanks.
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26. JDinWPA
2:15 AM GMT on April 29, 2008
Good evening Blizzard. We got 1.2" of rain today, at the moment it's 39 degrees and clear. I'll let you know if I see snow tomorrow.

The new format is great, especially the gardening outlook.
25. charlesimages
1:08 AM GMT on April 29, 2008
Amazing photos, such a sad loss though. Virgina isn't used to getting weather like this, truely wild. Thanks for posting all this info B92!

The NASCAR folks are in Richmond, VA this week.
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24. TheRasberryPatch
12:55 AM GMT on April 29, 2008
i watched fox news at 730 and the footage from a helicopter was astounding in suffolk, va. they said the tornado was bouncing. the damage was in credible to see. one was a truck thrown through a wall.
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23. Zachary Labe
12:49 AM GMT on April 29, 2008
Signing out for the evening... I now have heard that several tornadoes occured also in North Carolina along with Florida. Best of luck to those affected by the tornadoes.
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22. Zachary Labe
12:11 AM GMT on April 29, 2008
Here are some photos of the tornadoes and damage... (Courtesy of WTKR NewsChannel3)









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21. Zachary Labe
12:00 AM GMT on April 29, 2008
CNN Link) -- Virginia officials said more than 200 people were injured as severe storms swept across the southeastern part of the state Monday, leading the governor to declare a state of emergency.


I-reporter Jeanne Hartley photographed another home wrecked by a tornado Monday in Virginia. At least 200 people were injured in Suffolk when a tornado destroyed several homes and businesses, said Bob Spieldenner of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

The storm hit the 138-bed Sentara Obici Hospital, though Spieldenner said the facility was still operational and accepting patients.

A second storm, possibly a tornado, struck Colonial Heights -- about 60 miles northwest, near Richmond -- injuring at least 18 people, Spieldenner said.

Gov. Tim Kaine declared a Virginia-wide state of emergency as hazardous weather continued through the central part of the state.

The twister touched down just before 4 p.m. ET in Suffolk and plowed its way east into Norfolk, damaging scores of homes, stores and cars and downing dozens of trees and power lines, said National Weather Service meteorologist Bryan Jackson.

Furniture, fences and mounds of other debris were tossed in streets, parking lots and lawns. Watch the storm's massive destruction from the air

A tornado warning over the area remained in effect Monday evening.

Jeff Judkins, the city's emergency management coordinator, said there also were reports of people trapped inside cars. It's the worst damage he's seen in the area, he said.

An emergency shelter will be established by Monday night, Suffolk spokeswoman Dana Woodson said.

Officials initially reported a fatality, but later determined that it was unrelated to the storm, Woodson said
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20. cchamp6
11:27 PM GMT on April 28, 2008
Up to 1.12" for the day. Heavy rain about to move in shortly.
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