Friday, 5 May 2017

Still a North Easterly and No Rain

The weather's been very consistent at the beginning of May. We can't get rid of this cool north easterly breeze which has been blowing since the start of the month.
Temperature, Solar Radiation & Wind Direction 29 April - 05 May 2017
However, since I wrote about how the wind from the north east always brought in cloud off the North Sea we've had some lovely sunny days. The wind on Thursday was particularly strong reaching almost gale force strength at times.

The sunny days and strong winds haven't helped out with the lack of rainfall over the last 6 weeks or so. All our seeds and young plants on the allotment need watering on a regular basis. I needed to cultivate a couple of bed but I wasn't too sure my little cultivator would be able to break up the hard, dry soil. The first bed I cultivated need to have some weed control fabric lifted which had been in place since last spring.
It was slow going but the soil did break up but it did confirm that there's not much moisture left in the soil and we could do with some decent rainfall. The second bed I wanted to cultivate had had it's weed control fabric removed a few weeks ago. It needed a few old parsnip roots removing that remained from last year's crop. Once again it was slow going but the bed is now dug over. I didn't even try to add any fish, blood and bone fertiliser which would have finished up several plots away due the gale force wind. 
Adding fertiliser and covering with weed control fabric will have to wait for a calmer day.

Looking at the output from the weather models it looks like we'll have to wait a while for some proper rain.
The chart above is for the 12 May 2017 at 04:00. If this model prediction turns out to be correct we've another week to wait for the decent rainfall we need.

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