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Here's the chart to prove it:
Yes, I write down each day's electricity production in a log. Entering those numbers into a spreadsheet gave me the chart data.
July is typically the big power producing month and July 2010 looked typical. August was actually a bit better than previous years. But then look what happens to the aqua bar, it dives down while moving to the right. Coming back to the left in 2011 as a purple bar, it's easy to see that March and April were stinkers. For whatever reason, May 2011 has been only a bit below average, in spite of it seeming like it has been raining constantly all month.
I'm ~really~ hoping June brings some clear weather. The grass is getting out of control but I don't really want to go out and thrash the mowers trying to hog through wet grass. That and I think I'm developing allergies to all the pollen that's in the air.
I know, it could be worse, I could be out there where the twisters mow the grass for you, but damn, I'm tired of rain!
We have had a period of very mild winter/summer cycles for about 20 years here. When growing up, the summers were hotter and the winters seemed to be a little colder overall. Used to get -5 to -10 almost on regular basis (every year two or three times).
The last 3 or 4 seem to still be 'mild', but the extremes seem to be more extreme. This winter down to -10 a couple times, and -32 once, but most of the winter fairly mild except for the huge amount of snow (45" or so). Cold was colder, but mostly mild in 30's and 40's.
Summer - only about 10 0r 12 days last summer over 100. And I think two or three at 110. Rest of summer was low to mid 90's - kind of mild. (About 1980 we had about 60 days over 100, and I think there were more than 15 above 110.)
There is change afoot. Don't understand it, but it is happening. Should be interesting.
Its been blowing 45s here since last night. Before that we had thunderstorms. We don't have thunderstorms here.
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Yes it is weird here. The winds I am used to. The western reach is nearly 200 miles and the eastern reach is about the same, so if the wind is blowing, it is usually hard. It was the sudden heat and then the tropical down pour that really had us wondering. Right before that they had a tornado watch going on. Uh, tornado? We live on an island. Water spouts? Dunno.
It's been crazy windy here for the past two days. We also had high humidity yesterday and the day before. Yesterday there were plenty of clouds with that high wind but just a little rain. Today it's still VERY windy but it was sunny all day.
Seems like everywhere is getting unusual weather. Except for here in Wisconsin... pretty normal for us to have thunderstorms and tornados this time of year.
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38 degrees and raining in NE Oregon this AM. The snow level is way down low on the mountains. A high of 60 degrees in the Boise Treasure Valley area of Idaho. Windy, with rain squalls here and there.
Someone emailed me an article recently on the Govt's HAARP (sp?) project in Alaska, I think it was. I wonder if there is anything to the idea that there is deliberate Govt. 'man-caused' manipulation of the weather for some nefarious purpose?
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