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It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature

Do you remember that TV commercial where Mother Nature thinks that she’s tasting butter but it’s really margarine? And when she realizes she’s being fooled she states “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature” and then causes it to thunder?

Well I’m beginning to wonder if Mother Nature is being fooled or fooling us. Doesn’t it seem odd that the two snowfalls that made a big impact in the East this year came in the fall and the spring, and not in the winter? Did someone switch Mother Nature’s calendar, or is she reminding us that she’s in charge and not the calendar?

There’s been a lot of talk about a most unusual configuration of the jet stream this past winter, allowed by the phenomena known as the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) and the Arctic Oscillation (AO), which didn’t permit the cold air to penetrate as far south as it usually does. This combined with La Nina, seems to have kept the normal winter weather conditions away.

Then there’s the idea that Mother Nature balances her checkbook – meaning if we had a mild winter will she balance it out with a cold, stormy summer? Or will she wait until next winter to balance out the lack of winter weather …. Time will tell, but we will be sharing our long-range outlook for next winter this August….

But what do you think? Do you think this crazy weather will balance out? We have released our summer forecast and don’t call for anything too extreme or winter like, maybe she is waiting for winter 2013 . . .

5 comments

1 barbara { 07.07.12 at 5:53 pm }

Honestly I believe that if you pay attention to your pets,trees if they bear fruit,and some other animals like ants and squirrels you’d be able to tell how crazy or calm the next season’s going to be…I look for cold but not extremely freezing temps this winter but a crapload of snowfall with an earlier than normal first frost…near the end of winter I look for alternating temperature changes from mild/cold/mild/cold,etc…drier than normal spring for 2013 then rain rain rain for summer…. but like everyone should know already mother earth will do whatever she wants and noone on this planet is powerful enough to stop her…just gotta grin and bear it,whatever she dishes out!

2 Jaime McLeod { 05.21.12 at 9:25 am }

Carl – it’s unusual to transplant tomatoes once they’re already in the ground, but it can be done. Just be sure to dig deep and wide enough that you don’t damage the roots.

3 Carl Evans { 05.20.12 at 10:21 pm }

can I transplant 3′ tomatoe plants from under a tree to another location?

4 Alexandria Faye { 04.28.12 at 8:15 pm }

a cold stormy summer isnt forecasted on the farmers almanac but if these cold blasts continue then i am very afraid that we wont get the summer that everyone was hoping for! were supposed to be in the 80s again next week so maybe shes about to go to the bank. I dont think shes aware its almost May. do you mind by telling her? she might try to punish me for telling her how to do her job.

5 denise { 04.25.12 at 3:31 pm }

mother nature isnt fooling me a bit! ive seen snow and ice storms in virginia plenty of times. I know because im 63 years old! the biggest snow i have ever saw was in march and april if i remember correctly. Before we moved to this house back in the 90s we were caught in a snow storm. It was April. but summer will be here before we know it then the cold and the snow will hold off until 2013. Lets hope its not another “winter that wasent” because you see how that joke turned out!

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