2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

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#551 Post by Bdklein » October 31st, 2020, 8:37 pm

I mean pure!! Lol
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#552 Post by Merrill Lindquist » November 9th, 2020, 8:07 am

A chilly 39 degrees this morning, but the sun is out and it is supposed to warm to the 60s. Northern California is crazy that way - huge temperature swings throughout 24 hours.

The vineyard is still picturesque, with plenty of yellow and green leaves on the vines. My place does not tend to turn brown, just the yellow.
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#553 Post by R M Kriete » November 9th, 2020, 10:35 am

Any rain on the horizon?

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#554 Post by Merrill Lindquist » November 9th, 2020, 12:47 pm

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Any rain on the horizon?
We had a brief shower yesterday - not enough to do anything positive. I don't see anything but more cold nights and moderate days.
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#555 Post by Merrill Lindquist » November 9th, 2020, 2:41 pm

I take that back...the rain is supposed to start Thursday and keep going daily for awhile!!!
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#556 Post by R M Kriete » November 10th, 2020, 6:55 am

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
November 9th, 2020, 2:41 pm
I take that back...the rain is supposed to start Thursday and keep going daily for awhile!!!
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#557 Post by Merrill Lindquist » November 11th, 2020, 9:26 am

The forecast appears to have changed again, now like 80% chance of rain on Friday. Nothing Thursday. Who knows? But we need it badly.

The recent cold (sub freezing) nights have made my vineyard start to turn brown. All part of the cycle.
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#558 Post by Merrill Lindquist » November 12th, 2020, 7:13 am

32 degrees here at the ranch this morning, with a moderately heavy frost covering rooftops. Not so much on the ground. A layer of fog is still out there, as if someone drew it against the backdrop of the higher Diamond Mountain elevation. Just beautiful.
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#559 Post by Casey Hartlip » November 13th, 2020, 7:33 am

Back from my hunting trip late last night. Moderate rain falling this morning. There won't be any leaves on the vines after this one. Vineyard is cooked and crispy. Gonna see if cover crop popped with that quarter inch last week. Sure hope this next week brings some serious rain. Dead deer pic over on hunting/fishing thread.
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#560 Post by Ben M a n d l e r » November 13th, 2020, 12:02 pm

Raining right now in St Helena. Not a lot, but it’s something. We’re hoping for more early-mid next week.
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#561 Post by Roy Piper » November 13th, 2020, 4:59 pm

Strong drizzle in southern Napa all day, with gusty winds too. Felt like December or Jan. I loved it!
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#562 Post by Casey Hartlip » November 15th, 2020, 6:25 pm

Back to work tomorrow. Pruning begins for the 2021 season.
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#563 Post by Merrill Lindquist » November 16th, 2020, 4:25 pm

I see a forecsr for rain Tuesday and Wednesday. That would be nice.
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#564 Post by Casey Hartlip » November 16th, 2020, 4:48 pm

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
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I see a forecsr for rain Tuesday and Wednesday. That would be nice.
Hoping for an inch!
Got my 2019 clone 91 Pinot bottled late last week. Very excited to get some.
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#565 Post by Merrill Lindquist » November 17th, 2020, 1:47 pm

It has been raining like crazy since 9:30 this morning. That water on the burned out trees, land, and buildings is not pleasant.
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#566 Post by Casey Hartlip » November 18th, 2020, 6:21 am

Just had a 45 minute downpour that sounded so good!
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#567 Post by Casey Hartlip » November 18th, 2020, 4:57 pm

Ended up recording an inch of rain over the past 24 hours. Bummer is nothing in the 10 day forecast.
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#568 Post by Al Osterheld » November 18th, 2020, 7:38 pm

We got about 0.28". Only about 0.01" today, but I still managed to get rained on twice.

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#569 Post by Casey Hartlip » November 19th, 2020, 5:48 pm

Went out and did some pruning once things warmed up. Started in the 2015 planting of Robert Young Chardonnay, but after 45 minutes I remembered just how hard Chard wood is. Let alone those young Chard vines have very healthy growth.
Shifted over to a Pinot block. A 2006 planting of clone 667 that has been named 'Caseys block' as it's a field that I wouldn't let anyone else prune in the for about 3 years. Much nicer on my out-of-shape right arm muscle.
I love the creative aspect of pruning especially younger vines. Today I was remembering how peaceful it was to work in head trained vines. It's the lack of wires. Today I enjoyed the pruning but the pulling the canes out of 5 wires is a constant battle. Then every now and then as your pulling brush you get a nice slap in the face just to keep you awake.
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#570 Post by Casey Hartlip » November 22nd, 2020, 10:02 am

Very concerned about lack of rain. Looks like the jet stream and a huge blocking high pressure dome is setting up to send storms north into OR and WA for the foreseeable future. Really shitty.
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#571 Post by Casey Hartlip » November 25th, 2020, 1:54 pm

Just back from a brisk walk with Zip on a brisk day. Pretty cold north wind blowing out there. Finally seeing some thin ribbons of cover crop popping out. I recently cut my Colorado deer up and tossed the carcass outside the vineyard. The first night something moved the thing about 75 yards uphill, so I placed a camera to confirm my guess.
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#572 Post by Drew Goin » November 25th, 2020, 4:56 pm

Wow!

You got one fat possum there! [snort.gif]

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#573 Post by Casey Hartlip » November 27th, 2020, 6:25 am

Another day another 10 day forecast showing no rain.
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#574 Post by Casey Hartlip » November 28th, 2020, 7:02 am

Insult to injury.......24 degrees here this morning
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#575 Post by Merrill Lindquist » November 28th, 2020, 7:37 am

32 DEGREES HERE THIS MORNING WITH ANOTHER HEAVY FROST. COVER CROP COMING IN NICELY. IT'S WINTER! (sorry about all caps - was left on from another application)
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#576 Post by Casey Hartlip » November 30th, 2020, 6:10 am

Getting more and more depressed as I search the 10 day for a ray of hope. Non farmers often say to not worry about something you have no control over. I guess I was just born to bitch.
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#577 Post by William Segui » November 30th, 2020, 10:31 am

Casey Hartlip wrote:
November 30th, 2020, 6:10 am
Getting more and more depressed as I search the 10 day for a ray of hope. Non farmers often say to not worry about something you have no control over. I guess I was just born to bitch.
Casey -- If you had water, would you be actively irrigating?

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#578 Post by Casey Hartlip » November 30th, 2020, 10:47 am

William Segui wrote:
November 30th, 2020, 10:31 am
Casey Hartlip wrote:
November 30th, 2020, 6:10 am
Getting more and more depressed as I search the 10 day for a ray of hope. Non farmers often say to not worry about something you have no control over. I guess I was just born to bitch.
Casey -- If you had water, would you be actively irrigating?
If I had full ponds I might give my struggling cover crop a boost, that's all.
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