The Middlebury Landscape

February 7, 2016

The Trees are Alright

Filed under: Trees,Weather — Tim Parsons @ 5:53 pm  Tagged , ,

Abnormal weather always has people worrying about their trees and shrubs in the yard, and this winter is anything but normal. It’s the warm temperatures that are troubling, and many people have come up to me asking if the trees are going to be OK, or if the warm temperatures mean they are going to […]

September 28, 2015

Continued Drought, and some hope

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 5:29 pm  Tagged ,

The drought continues here on campus, and in the broader Champlain Valley. Our last rainfall was .4″, and after transplanting a tree afterword I saw the ground had only gotten moist about 1″ down-powder dry soil beneath. I forget where I found them (probably Lifehacker), but some recent pictures of the US taken by the Gravity […]

September 13, 2015

Drought Stress

Filed under: Landscape,Trees,Weather — Tim Parsons @ 3:13 pm  Tagged , , , , ,

Our barely green lawns across campus belie a hard fact this summer-it’s been dry. Very, very dry. Funny, considering how wet it was in late spring, when it was almost too wet to do anything outside. The High Plains Regional Climate Center (kick ass website for weather geeks!) maps show we have 25% of the normal […]

January 6, 2014

Water, water everywhere

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 8:09 pm  Tagged , , , ,

So we had some rain today. January is starting out with a bang-it didn’t get above 0 degrees for several days last week, and this morning was 50 degrees and raining. Rain of biblical proportions, with the rain gauge at the track saying .88″ of rain, most of it falling between 7:30-10:30, up to a […]

June 28, 2013

Cut Off Low

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 5:13 pm  Tagged

All professions seem to have their own language, most of it inscrutable. What’s impressed me about meteorology is their ability to take seemingly innocuous plain words and string them together in ways to make them terribly confusing. While doing a little digging to figure out just what’s been going on with the weather these last […]

July 24, 2012

Watering

Filed under: Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 5:46 pm  Tagged , , , , , ,

Pick up any plant biology book, and they consistently list the three macro nutrients all plants need as N, P, and K, the chemical symbols for Nitrogen, Potassium, and Phosphorus. But really, what we share with plants is a need for ‘macro’ macro nutrients, something so profoundly necessary that the books don’t even feel the […]

March 21, 2012

Season Creep

Filed under: Blooms,Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 6:42 pm  Tagged , , , ,

Everybody has their own phenologies, their own timing of spring. First day the snow shovels get put away (unused in my driveway at all this year, I might add), first day of working without long johns on, or maybe the first day of wearing shorts. I’ve always dreamed as a horticulturist of keeping a journal, […]

February 23, 2012

A Better Weather Forecast

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 11:27 am  Tagged , , , ,

Thanks to an Environmental Grant several years ago, the Landscape department has been running a personal weather station down at the track off of Porter Field Road, with a second more recent station up at Breadloaf campus. We depend on these stations for primarily for snow removal and IPM strategies. The data are also streamed […]

December 7, 2011

Lightning 1, Spruce 0

Filed under: Landscape,Trees,Weather — Tim Parsons @ 3:22 pm  Tagged , ,

Anyone around this summer, or past readers of this blog, will remember a large thunderstorm that ripped through Middlebury two days after Independence Day.  Several trees were struck by lightning, which I wrote about after the storm. The largest tree struck was the Norway spruce in the Main Quad, one of the ones remaining after […]

September 1, 2011

Irene Still Hanging Around

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 7:47 pm  Tagged , ,

Like a guest that just won’t leave, the effects of Irene the Hurricane still seem to be around Middlebury. Primarily what we’re watching now is the Otter Creek. It takes a while. All the headwaters that feed into the creek have been slowly dropping, like my own muddy Lemon Fair River, and so the Otter […]

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