Climate prediction is a bit of a crap-shoot. Last year at this time, I was pretty excited about the prediction that the garden season was going to be a hot one. Overall, it was. The last frost date held true to prior years (middle of May). So I learned that even if there is a hotter spring, the Three Chilly Saints of May 11, 12 and 13 will generally cast their chilly cloak over any hopes that we can skip the May frost this year. And right on schedule, we got the Ice Saints frost. Thanks, Old Farmer's Almanac.
This summer was definitely hotter than usual, as predicted, yet a bit drier than predicted. My preference is slightly drier than normal, as it leaves me more control over watering. Fruits such as tomato, melons ect, taste better when they are not given too much water. In fact, they taste the best when harvested during a slightly dry spell. Around a week and a half ago, our local dry spell broke and we have received more rain than needed. My precious, an Orangeglo watermelon, was picked last night. My first one ever. Bland. Waterlogged. Engage pouty face.
What may next year hold? Make sure to check the maps every so often as the predictions are recalculated twice a month. See link to maps below.
Will I be happy?