In line with the Oxford Dictionary, consistency is “conformity within the software of one thing, sometimes that which is important for the sake of logic, accuracy, or equity.”
Consistency is one thing with which we wrestle in our backyard, even in regular years.
However what’s a traditional yr? We haven’t had a type of for a very long time now. We within the outer SF East Bay have skilled broad temperature swings. For instance, final Saturday, based on our climate station, the excessive was 112.8 levels (F) in our North Backyard at 2:45 pm; by Wednesday morning at 6:15 am it was 53.8. it’s regular to get cool right here at night time because of the affect of the Pacific Ocean, however a 59 diploma distinction is excessive even by our requirements.
And rain? Nicely, I’m certain you’ve heard in regards to the lack of it; right here in Walnut Creek, our native metropolis climate station has recorded 5.98 inches this yr. For comparability’s sake, let’s have a look at Springfield, Missouri, a metropolis a pal of mine lives in. He’s been dismayed by the quantity of rain they’ve had this yr, however surely, it’s 5 inches lower than in “regular years” – 2021 has recorded a complete of 31.8 inches since January 1. We received’t get rain once more till November, if we’re fortunate. Springfield may have common rain by means of the remainder of the yr.
Residing in a Mediterranean local weather, we anticipate much less rain. However we do anticipate about 3-4 occasions the quantity we’ve had this yr.
The mixture of those warmth and precipitation inconsistencies has resulted in a reasonably horrible die-off in our meals backyard.