My wife spends many hours outdoors planting and tending to her flowers, seems every year some new feature pops up in the yard. I just mow the lawns and tend to the herb garden and the few potted veggies we grow every year.
We have flower beds lining the property, the house and multiple beds here and there, mostly perennials – lots of lilies and some I can’t name.
We also have multiple bird feeders and a squirrel feeder, lots of critters flying and scampering around – including the possum and raccoon family which comes out at night to dine upon the cat food. We have a few feral cats which appear ever day, some friendly, some not so much.
I think we have 10 cats who they call us their own. One is an indoor cat, several come in during the winter to keep the dog company.
Seems every year we have new ones show up, many I think are drop offs (sad to say). Our neighbor is a vet assistant so they all get fixed and tended to if they become ill or injured.
Our newest feature is a large bird bath we installed in the front yard – heavy bugger it is. All I did was wheel it out there and help remove the sod – the rest was all her. I also put it an old pump next to our fish pond, she planted the watering can.
So, I am dedicating this post to her and all the fine work she does making our property appealing to the neighbors, the tax assessor and loving husband. Thank you dear….
A lot of work goes into this and then by October it is time to gather up all the ornaments and tune up the snow blower. Actually my new snow blower has less than five hours on it from last year – maybe it will get some use this next winter – who knows…
I took the photos below yesterday morning. They are high resolution – you can enlarge them by right clicking and click on view image.
First, here is the June rainfall totals for the U.P. – Still waiting for the NWS update for the rest of the state.
High pressure will bring fair weather through the Fourth of July. There is chance of showers and thunderstorms for Wednesday as low pressure tracks towards Lower Michigan. Rain and storms should stay to our south today.
HRRR and Futurecast models runs are for 18 hours beginning at 7am – a second model run begins at 3pm
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Cold front is clearing the southern zones this morning with showers and a few thunderstorms along the front into early afternoon before drying works south. Then a spell of fair weather with comfortable dew points thanks to Canadian sfc high through Tuesday.
The high moves east with return flow and some elevated showers and thunderstorms in warm advection pattern on Wednesday. No severe weather expected as shear is weak and instability is marginal. .
Latest model trends regarding the pcpn potential Wednesday night and Thursday has been to back off of the pcpn potential. 00z guidance shows the low over Missouri moving east across Il/IN and mainly affecting the southern cwa. The ecmwf isn`t nearly as wet as earlier runs and the gfs has weakened the low to more of an open wave.
There`s still an upper trough moving through the Great Lakes Wednesday night and Thursday, but it`s pretty progressive which should limit the rain potential. We`ve decreased pops during this time and moved the higher pops a bit farther south. A cold front follows Thursday night into Friday and we may see a few more shower then too. After Friday, the weekend looks pleasant with highs in the upper 70s and dewpoints in the mid 50s.