10-15-2010 12:46 PM
Another "cool" front blew through Indy last night with a reinforcing short of cool air. Lots of wind and temps today in the 60's. Maybe some light frost tomorrow. We are still way down in the rainfall department but we got half an inch Wed. afternoon and that was as much as we received in all of August!
10-23-2010 11:19 PM
Yeah, I guess wildlife and man-made outdoors don't mix.
Maybe they are like our cockroaches, Teflon bodies that can slink through the tiniest cracks?
10-23-2010 11:47 PM
Yeah, pretty amazing what small spaces/hole creatures can squeeze through.
Have to really watch my plexiglass squirrel-proof bird feed and make sure the sunflower seed doesn't get too low. These darn chickadee's can squeeze through a 1/2" square hole, which lets the seed out, and they get stuck flying around in the empty feeder. Opened the lid and let one out today.
10-25-2010 9:36 AM
We have a couple of warmer days here in Detroit. Yesterday it was in the 70s and today (Monday) it is supposed to reach 76 degrees. Me like!
10-25-2010 10:20 AM
Supposed to be almost 90 here today and then back down to the mid/upper 70's the rest of the week here in Dallas. Strange weather we are having lately. A couple of tornados in the area on Saturday and lots of rain.
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They're back.... Asian Lady Beetles that is. Was 71 today and they came in droves. Wasn't even sunny or would have been even worse. We'll see if the insecticide I had to spray the whole outside of the house with about a week ago works. Sure wasn't having much effect as they were crawling all over the S. side of the house.
Have those real old inefficient aluminum storm windows, with single screen, which slide up and down in tracks. Have to use clear packing tape on inside of aluminum frame to keep cold air and bugs out. As the beetles were crawling all over the outside glass I was watching real close to see how in the heck they get through the cracks. Put a little more tape/rope caulking here and there. Absolutely impossible to see how they get in between the storm windows and inside windows. Finally gave up and sprayed insecticide on the aluminum/wooden window frames which will hopefully do them in.
Hey Spd, not sure you would want the deer in your yard eating acorns since you like flowers/plants. You think raccoons can do some damage. In addition to the deer eating everything the bucks also like to tear up the trees with their antlers this time of year. They literally shred the bark off of the small oaks around here.
Reminds me of a funny story when I was working for the parks. A neighbor reported he found signs of a bear along his property line in the woods. Went over there and he showed me what looked like huge bear claw marks on a tree and they were about 8'-10' off of the ground. It was only about 3"-4" dia maple tree. I brushed back the leaves and showed him huge hoof marks from the rear feet of a big buck. Here the buck had bent the tree clear over, make the gouges with his antler tips, and then the tree stood back up straight when he took his weight off of it. The neighbor was satisfied with the explanation. No bear.
Tomorrow it's supposed to be 75 and really nice temps for this time of year.
PS. glad you Texans made it thought the storms ok.
Uni - We had really good luck with Ortho Home Defender MAX (Insect Killer) Granules. We sprinkled around the foundation of the house, waited per the directions and watered it with a garden hose (or watering can, elsewhere). We applied it in early July and we do not see the "parade of pests" trying to get into our house through the garage. It must have also knocked out our annual "Riley Days" bug infestation. I'm not sure what they are (were?) but thousands of these fuzzy black flying bugs would hatch out in early October, usually in the time frame of the Riley Days festival in nearby Greenfield which is held in honor of poet and author James Whitcomb Riley. These bugs hatch out all within a day or three, in the mulch and they fly about 3-10' up the brick facade, where they die in just a day or two. They were everywhere but not this year. So maybe the Ortho stuff, works.
10-25-2010 4:39 PM
We went to a cider mill in St Johns, MI yesterday. Left from our house in Taylor, weather was nice sunny in the 70's. When we got back, we could see that it rained in Oakland and Wayne Counties. Good for us that we missed the rain.
10-26-2010 8:08 PM
It was still 80 at 10pm here. It was mid 90s today with high humidity. Looking forward to the weekend when its back to Fall weather.
10-27-2010 2:40 AM
dhascall/Dave, thanks for the tip on Ortho Home Defense products and that's actually the insecticide I'm spraying on my wooden window frames. It's real effective on taking out the lady beetles and leaves a long lasting barrier. Using Spectracide "Bug Stop" on the outside of the house and spray with a garden hose type sprayer. It's also effective but don't think it lasts as long as they say it does (6 weeks).
Not a good day for weather yesterday with three F-0 tornados touching down in Central Ohio. Damage was real spotty with a metal barn, garage and trees taken down.
Went to my uncle's funeral in Canton, Ohio the past couple days. Sure wasn't fun driving my Mom's car home yesterday (130 miles) in 60mph winds and torrential rains. When we reached my brothers in NW Columbus the sun came out for just a few minutes, as it was going down, and saw a double rainbow. Then headed right back into the storm driving SE of Columbus in the dark and rain. Yuk.
Supposed to be 70 and windy today with another cold front rolling in tonight. Will be much colder the rest of the week with high's in the mid-50's and low 30's at night. Calling for heavy frost and 32 Fri morning.
10-27-2010 9:53 AM
I know what you mean. We moved here 2 years ago from the DC area. Every year I grew less tolerant of the ice storms, sleet, snow and months at a time of grey skies. Not only are the mild winters nice, there are seriously less than 7-10 days a year where you don't see the sun.
10-27-2010 10:23 AM
I was at Camp Atterbury, yesterday for training and a site visit. I was hoping for a postponement of the visit on a day when we were not in the 70 percentile range for severe weather but we made it. Camp Atterbury, about 25 miles south of Indianapolis is one of the nations top mobilization / demobilization sites in the country. We were going through many of the buildings when the tornado sirens sounded. Finally a Lt. Colonel marshaled everyone to the gym. A facility with a high, trussed roof is not what I would call a safe area but we got the "all clear" in less than 15 minutes. I think that every county from north-to-south along the line of storms was under the warning. All in all there were 8 confirmed tornadoes. They say that the low pressure system is one of the two strongest in history - the other? The blizzard of 78. As I told folks, good thing that it wasn't snow.
10-27-2010 11:01 AM
We had a couple of confirmed tornadoes too around the Chicago area yesterday, destroyed a few houses but nobody seriously hurt. Been putting up with high winds too 50 - 60 mph gusts, lots of branches down.