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March Finale a Frosty One

The month of March came in like a Snowy Lion and is going out like a Frosty Lamb. Tony has the low down on April's debut too.

Frosty Lamb then April Showery

Just think! A week ago, forest fires burned thousands of acres in our region as a very dry March was taking its toll.

Now a week and several soaking showers later, the forests are greening and the fire season has come to a screeching halt. In the past 6 days, our region has benefited by a general inch and a half to two inches of rain. Now comes word that going forward, there are more showers, this time of the April persuasion, in our future.

First off tonight, the March Lamb will turn frosty as a coat of pearly white will paint the landscape. Savvy gardeners know our last frost is still a month or so away, so it would be foolhardy to be planting any tender flowers or veggies just yet.

In fact, ornamental and fruit bearing trees not only escaped harm during last week’s freeze, but they are well on their way now to producing beautiful flowers (Bradford Pear, Redbud and Crab Apple to name a few) and a healthy crop (as far as the peach, pear and apple orchards go).

Back to those pesky April showers. We have three more rounds in our 7 day forecast and truth be told, the pattern of rain every 2nd or third day should hold for another 4-8 weeks. The first will splash and dash into and out of our region Tuesday night-Wednesday morn.

A second healthier shot of rain, perhaps like the Friday downpour we went thru last week, will arrive Thursday night and last into Friday.

Finally, the early call for the weekend is mainly warm and dry (highs in the 60s) though by late Sunday into Monday more spring showers are in the forecast.

Hey, it’s April, what else would you expect?

One final word, all the rain has our trees in a flowering and pollinating mood. That means our season peak of tree pollen should be coming on here in the next 2-3 weeks. I will keep you, Haa-Choo, posted!
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