One thing I wished I had done right when we moved here was to keep track of the weather. I have a weather machine that keeps track of rainfall, temperatures and measures wind gusts, but I wasn’t recording the data because I didn’t know it mattered. The more I garden though, the more I know how useful that information is!
Last January I began keeping track on paper and I quickly learned that the weather apps I use are not accurate. In fact, overnight lows are generally ten degrees lower than forecast, and the summertime highs can be much higher. Using my chart (pictured below) I kept track of the number of rainy days (blue) and the rainfall total each month, the days it snowed (pink) and when our creek started flowing and when it stopped (brackets). I can see that our creek is late to start flowing this year. Last year it was flowing by the 7th of January and this year it’s still dry with no indication that it will be going any time soon.
Using last year’s information, I will be able to anticipate when the weather will get too hot for growing peas, I’ll know when it’s safe to plant my seedlings and when the growing season might end. Last fall we had our first frost an entire month early. Is this normal for my homestead? I have no idea, but the more information I keep, the better prepared I will be in the garden.
I’ve included a blank chart below that you can print out and keep track of the weather in your neck of the woods. Click here to download. I hope you enjoy it!2020-Weather-Tracker
Happy homesteading 😊