Severe weather issues
Still, there are trees down on our street, and power lines. . . you?
I am in New York and was not affected nearly so much as you, but I keep worrying about how people without power will keep cool. One trick I learned from a science type who lives in SoCal was to put aluminum foil on all windows (while doing cross ventilation, battery operated fans, going to cooling centers, or whatever else works). It blocks out infrared rays which blackout curtains may absorb.
This has made a big difference for me as I live in a unit with large windows and it is surprisingly difficult to keep my home cool even with AC.
I hope everyone is ok.
the picture in you first post is of my office and the power line in front. we’ve had SEVERE weather,however i’m fine diesel generator. there was litlle to no rain and i’m in a SEVERE drought as well. The main garden has its own well for irrigation and is faring fine the OP corn won’t make, however i keep a seed plot irrigated so seed will be made but less polenta,pone,grits,bread etc for our consumption. two lambs have died,heat related? they were in no other stress. a neighbor lost 30000(thats right)chickens(Tyson). so much is happening here.
poor and reluctant typist Robie
Safewrite – what veggies can survive at temperatures that high for several days in a row? I thought the sweet spot for summer veggies is in the low to mid 90’s. I couldn’t imagine having to water everyday. Hang in there – hopefully it cools down for you and you get some rain soon.
No big storms here this weekend, but yesterday I saw, and it was just a few, some of the largest hailstones I have ever seen at my dad’s house, just 10 minutes away from me. I got nothing at my house, barely any rain in my gauge, but the town just north from me, they got clobbered by golf ball sized hail.
On the bright side, I still have not turned on my AC this summer. It’s not entirely comfortable, but manageable. All that extra insulation is paying off. And it helps being in a forested area – the trees keep the area cooler than the pavement and concrete of cities.
I had an exchange of emails with a friend in Nashville yesterday. He reported the same thing. He cannot keep his vegetables or even lawn alive despite $100 water bills. Plus, I guess they’re having a severe drought at the same time. I’m thankful to be living in wny where its been warmer than I like it, but nice compared to areas south of the jetstream.
No damage to our home. What little garden I put in this year seems to be O.K. Tomato harvest less than last year, if I can keep the plants alive till this weather breaks, fall tomatoes should be GREAT!
The peppers seem to love the heat. I just put up a few jars of jalapeno Jam! This is the first year that I have gotten Zucchini to grow so I am baking bread and passing the extras around the neighborhood.
When the electric went out Saturday (not a cloud in the sky) i figured it was heat related. So, I made sure everything was closed up tight, cycled the genny just in case and prayed… I lost power for only 3 hours, temp in the house only went up 3 degrees but I became brutally aware just how “unsustainable” this house (type of living) would be in a major disruption.
My prayers go out to those who were not as lucky as I was.
okra, peppers(sorta), cowpeas(black eye and variants) sweet potato/yams(different but similar cultivation)
all thrive in heat and tolerate drought.
Thanks for the tip. I’m looking to try sweet potatoes out in the summer doldrums here.
The storms went north and south of us and but for a phenomenal lightning display, some wind and about 30 minutes of rain, the Tidewater area of Virginia was spared. Temps were somewhat tempered by being so close to the ocean, we got up to 98 last week but quickly fell back into the high 80s. A breeze has made things bearable.
Peppers look like they traded syringes with Roger Clemens – tomatoes are piling up hand over fist. We are into our second batch of cukes. The Eenglish cukes did very well, the lemon cukes are struggling a bit. Peaches and nectarines are about two weeks away. Sweet potatoes are busting out all over th place. So far so good, but I’d like to see this weather (mid 80s) hold for a few weeks.
Best of luck to all of those out there who are without power. Gotta agree with RNCarl, even with our level of preps, this would be a challenge in a sustained disruption of power.
I had great success with okra and squash in a very hot Philadelphia summer a few years back. Some of the other crops–especially the ones with andean or central american origins, like peppers, potatoes and tomatoes, have a harder time with the extreme heat. Ones from the mediterranean, like onions, or Indian subcontinent, like eggplant, or ones from Africa, like okra, melons, millett and sorghum, fare far better. Native americans had success with squash, corn, and various hard beans in the desert southwest, where temps are regularly over 100. Where I am in South America now is one of the hottest regions–and many of the same things are grown and do well (except there is no okra). I hate that I can’t have a garden this year bc of my travels, but at least I am learning some different ways to hedge against the vagaries of climate! Hope this helps.