The day are getting longer. I am up at 5:30 this morning and the sky is already starting to lighten. Sunrise is at 6:12, sunset at 9:07 bringing us to a today of 14 hours and 55 minutes of daylight. Our days don’t start to shorten until June 22 when we lose a a few seconds of daylight per day. June 21st is the summer solstice.
My new lawn tractor is coming sometime this morning – I bought a John Deere x100. I looked at a lot of tractors over the past couple weeks and the Deere seemed to be the best made of the bunch in my price range. The grass needs cutting after all the rain and the weed and feed I have been putting down. I can really see the difference in color compared to the neighbors lawns – and of course the fertilizer makes the grass grown faster so I will be mowing twice a week if the rain stays consistent.
The mud puddles have retreated and I see some of the farmers are getting their fields plowed. I can remember back when I had my hobby farm many years ago I would start putting in the field corn in late April and I only lost it once to frost over a ten year period. It seems the planting weather has moved to late May over the past three decades.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has declared today to be an Action Day for elevated levels
of ozone. This is for Muskegon…Ottawa…Kent…Allegan and Van Buren Counties.
If you are taking the family to lake Michigan this weekend keep in mind that the lake temperatures are in the upper 40s to low 50s. Roughly 20% of those who fall into cold water will go into shock after the first minute.
Temperature will be in the mid 80s today (approaching 90 in some locations) – it will be cooler near Lake Michigan. We will be in the 80s for quite a few days all the way through next week – we may hit the low 90s on Memorial Day. There are small chances of rain and storms through the weekend (in the 20% chance range). So if you like it hot and sunny this will be the perfect weekend for you. Humidity indexes will be on the rise also.
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