Re: [gardeners] Rain & crops

Ron Hay (
Wed, 21 Jul 1999 14:18:12 -0700


I will KNOW that it is La Nina conditions, with weather upside down, when it is
cool here in Los Angeles in the fall, and warm-hot on the east coast in October
and November.


Allen and Judy Merten wrote:

> Hi Penny,
>     Yeah, the last story I saw on La Nina, made it seem like the weather is
> upside down.
> Allen
> penny x stamm wrote:
> > Hi, Allen,  That's tough news about the surgery, but I suspect
> > that you guessed it all along. It is true, however, that sometimes a
> > neurologist has a different slant on the situation from an
> > orthopedist. It could pay you to make the extra appointment....
> >
> > We never use lighter fluid to start a fire, do you?  We use one of
> > those old fashioned tin chimneys in which you stuff crumpled
> > newspaper in the bottom half, and then lay in briquets in the top
> > half and and then you set it afire. In about 15 minutes the whole
> > thing is ready to use..  When we want a wood fire, we just do as
> > the Boy Scouts used to do ---  we crumple newspaper, then lay sticks
> > and kindling across the top of the paper in a kind of teepee, and in
> > 5 minutes it is ready to be used. Jimmie will often fix himself a
> > hamburger for lunch, and it takes him about 3 minutes to start
> > the fire, perhaps 2-3 minutes to cook the doggone thing, and
> > he's almost back inside before I have the fixin's on the table!
> > Obviously, he likes it black & blue....
> >
> > We've had exactly 1 inch of rain since June 1st. Add that to our
> > 100 degree days and 96% humidity, and we're boiled...  We will
> > be having a v.i.p. meeting here in 4 weeks, so we have been
> > trying to work outside in spite of the obnoxious heat.
> >
> > On top of that we've had 3 floods in 6 weeks. Of all the bizarre
> > happenings, the pipes connected to the water meter must have
> > loosened their connections, because water began running onto the
> > cellar floor underneath the model trains -- four firmen rushed over
> > to save us, but boy! it was lucky that we got home before everything
> > in the workshop and playroom went under water!    Then everyone's
> > power went out overnight -- after a 102* day -- and we really had fits!
> >
> > I think we're in for some more mean weather, and just like you and
> > George,  we can't do a danged thing about it. Got a message from
> > Bolivia which said that their crops have been destroyed by the late
> > effects of La Nina, and they  will have a destitute season in front of
> > them. Do you think that is the cause of all of our weird weather here?
> >
> > Penny in NY -- no measurable zone any more!
> >
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