Spring planting is behind schedule this year due to the overall cool and wet weather pattern. The top graph from the USDA shows planting of sugar beets for this year compared to last year and average. 46% of the crop has been planted as of May 12 – compared to an average of 83%. Only 5% of the corn crop had been planted, compared to an average of 34%. Fruit blossoming was also a week to 10 days later than average (which is not a bad thing).
Here’s Illinois rainfall for May 6-12. Illinois has had significant rain and there is some ponding of water in fields. As of 5/12, only 11% of the corn crop had been planted in Illinois, compared to an average of 82% (88% at this time last year). Only 3% of soybeans had been planted compared to 61% last year at this time. At this point, it’s not a serious problem, but we need to get these fields dried out soon so we can get the crop in the ground.
Here’s high temperatures Tuesday. Marathon Key FL hit 96°, a new record warmest for the month of May (records go back to 1950). The last 3 days, Marathon has had highs of 93°, 95° and 96°. Key West had a high of 94°, a daily record (records there go back to 1872) Miami had a daily record 95° and Fort Lauderdale topped out at 94°. Phoenix AZ had a sizzling 98° and the warmest in the country was 104° at Death Valley CA. The coolest spot was Mt. Washington NH, with a high of 28°, a low of 18° and 2.6″ of snowfall. Other cool spots in the Northeast: Buffalo 49°, Providence and Boston 48°, Binghamton a high of 44° and Augusta ME just 43°.
Here’s the Lake Michigan satellite picture from Tue. PM – the land is very slowly changing from the brown of winter to the green of summer…still a long ways to go. Tuesday was just the 4th day this month with more than 50% sunshine.
Here’s a pic. just after sunset at S. Haven. There’s some high clouds in the distance, the lake is pretty calm and the last boat is coming into the channel.