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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Lake Freezeth Over

I've decided I'm going to keep a weather log of key events.  It's my third year on the lake and this year is the latest the lake has begun to freeze over.  I took the banner photo at 6:50am this morning.  You can see that the lake is almost covered with ice.  That all happened last night.  Of course, note from the web shot from my weather station, that the temperature hit 20 degrees at midnight.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Elhannon Nursery

Shadblow Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis)

Pictured above is a fully grown Shadblow tree we purchased from Elhannon Nurseries.  We had driven by, what looked to be a small tree nursery on Route 22 in Hoosick, just a bit before the intersection of Routes 22 and 7, and never thought much of it.  Being in the market for a tree to cover a large windowless portion of the house, led us to stop by the place.  Although wholesale and large businesses/institutions (e.g. IBM Headquarters and RPI), Elhannon accepts walk-in retail orders.

We were shocked to find that there's much more than meets the eye as you zip by on Rt 22.  It extends all the way to the Hoosic River and is the largest wholesale tree nursery in the state!  We met the owner, Jim Sutton, and he is a fountain of information on trees and a very likable guy.  He suggested we bring him a photo of the spot where we intended to plant the tree and a small soil sample.  With this in hand on our next trip to the nursery, he suggested a Shadblow and helped us pick it out (we actually went with his recommendation -- he REALLY knows his trees!).  We placed the order, Jim delivered and planted the tree and we are happy customers.

Click here to access Elhannon Wholesale Tree Nursery's Facebook page. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Let It Snow!

Enough politics already.

Time to get the cross-country skis and snowshoes ready to go!  I took the above photo of our driveway at 6:45am this morning.  Turning onto Taconic Lake Road and heading south, after about a mile, the significant white stuff started making an appearance on the way home last night -- 1,500' above sea level seemed about the threshold.  We're at 1,650 feet.

Click here to get a preview of the Farmer's Almanac prediction for this winter.  Key line: "Snowfall be will below normal in most other locations that have snow."  Personally, I'm rooting for "above normal..."

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sandy Data

Here are some charts from my weather station using data from Monday and Tuesday.  I now see that there were several gusts higher than I previously reported -- a few got up in the range of 27mph between 7 and 8pm on Monday and on Tuesday one got as high as 30mph at noon on Tuesday.  So at tree canopy heights, I'd add at least 5mph to these figures.

KNYGRAFT2 Weather Graph

  KNYGRAFT2 Weather Graph