It's back: El Niño expected later this year, forecasters say: https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/its-back-el-ni%C3%B1o-expected-later-this-year-forecasters-say/ar-AAyFm39
".... In the U.S., a strong El Niño can result in a stormy winter along the West Coast, a wet winter across the South and a warmer-than-average winter in the Pacific Northwest and northern Rocky Mountains... El Niño is a periodic natural warming of ocean water in the tropical Pacific that impacts weather in the U.S. and around the world. Globally, the climate pattern can bring dry conditions to Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia...In South America, Brazil can get drought, while Argentina may get more rain...."
TS Alberto is scheduled to wash out Memorial Day weekend here and so far has. The past 10 days have been exceptionally rainy here so my palms and other plants have shifted to growing overdrive. I can't work outdoors during frequent downpours. Yesterday when the rain briefly cut back to a drizzle I grabbed my camera to record the start of an explosion of growth.
First off, photos my three Latania species:
Lantania loddigesii (blue, left) and L. lontaroides (red, right)
Latania verschaffeltii - yellow Latan
Views of plantings on the east side of our Garden Lot
There was a significant downpour here yesterday, and weather.com reports 0.37 inches of rain. Some of my potted plants were drenched and it was raining when I got home again today. At least we won't have to deal with as bad a drought as we had last year at this time.
Hi. I’m on the FL panhandle and we get some heavy rains lasting 2 days straight sometimes. Experiencing one now as we speak actually.
The side of the house that I recently planted a Mule palm at is quite a bit lower and is now under about 5 inches of water.
Can Mule palms take an occasional flooding lasting for couple of days or should i replant it to a higher ground pronto?
The soil here is sandy, so should drain quickly once the rain stops.
PS: The browning of the fronds is not from too much water. These are older fronds and were already like this prior to planting.
I thought it worth noting that it's the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere today. I like to celebrate the fact that after this, the days get longer even though autumn has come to a close and cold winter has arrived. I'm sure my friends in the southern hemisphere are excited at the arrival of their summer today as well! The good news locally was that we actually got rain in my part of Southern California which was a welcome break after a very dry late autumn which correlated to all the fires. I haven't looked at weather maps to see if Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties were so lucky as to receive some rainfall, but I know it would be a helpful respite in fighting the fires. The locally bad news is the clearing winds from the system passing which turned into a Santa Ana (dry offshore winds. This will not help firefighters.
My garden doesn't seem to mind that it is now winter, it has just sloooowed doooooown a bit on the growth with the cooler night temps and shorter days. How is your garden doing this winter solstice?