I was listening to the weather report yesterday coming back from work. They were exclaiming about our June weather. It turns out is was the coldest weather on record from the Blue Hills Observatory (just south of Boston, I'm just north of Boston). They have been keeping records for 123 years.
So I decided to look at some of the statistics from this year. I used the closest weather station ( a personal one, not a commercial one). This weather station is a couple of miles from my house. It is on the flank of Turkey Hill. I'm near the top of Whipple Hill. These two hills are on the same ridge line. He is lower than me and has had a bit hotter weather, but all in all it is pretty close to my weather.
*Note on the above table that July is only half over so it might get hotter and wetter.
You would think from the high temperatures that I lived in the Southern hemisphere. But the lows tell the real story. People keep saying that June was so rainy, but it really wasn't that bad - maybe an inch over normal. The first half it barely rained at all. It was cloudy all the time, but it mostly drizzled until the second half.
There were a total of 13 days above 70°F and only one above 80°F. One day never got out of the 50°Fs.
I've been surprised about how the vegetable patch has taken the lack of heat and sun. The cucurbits seem to be the worst off. The cucumbers and zucchini started producing in the middle of June last year. I still haven't harvested any this year. This is not horribly shocking, but is much slower than expected. I would have expected a couple week slowdown, but over a month surprises me. I'm thinking my wonderful Magdelena Big Cheese squash that I was so looking forward to might not make it. I really want to save seed. All is not lost if it doesn't (except the lack in my harvest tally) because I have plenty of seed left to sow next year.
The beans haven't taken it as hard. They started blooming on July 3rd last year so they are about two weeks late this year. Just as expected. I really hope they produce in time since most of them are dried beans they will take quite a long time to mature.
The tomatoes and peppers are the most surprising. The tomatoes are only four days behind last year. The peppers are producing a ton of fruit - except the jalepenos, they have just started.