Today will be hot in some areas. Your eyes are by now probably adjusted to the sunlight, but it can take our bodies a bit longer to adjust to the drastic change in temperature. But get the most of it while you can, as after tomorrow, we see a change. Even though the cool air and possible rain move out after the weekend, it will be a bit before we reach today's highs again. A good chance of 90F near Pinnacles NP, and over 80F expected in Santa Cruz today. Along the coast, things cool to the mid 70s on Friday, but in the central valley, it may get even warmer tomorrow, before cooling on Saturday. It is a sign of things to come. As we move from winter to spring to summer, we will see heat beginning to pool in the valleys, with the Pacific cooling areas along the coast. That warm central valley air will begin to rise along the west slope by May, melting away the snowpack and heating the Sierra. Change is a coming.
|Moderate sized snow bank.|
So, the real question is: Do you plant your tomatoes in the ground yet? Here on the coast, and really anywhere below 1000 feet, I'd say it is time to go. While we may get some more cool weather this year, it is my guess that we are out of the weeds. Up higher, and further inland, you still see a chance for some cold nights. Highly doubtful that we get a freeze, but you really just need to get into the low 40s to cause some stunting. And no one wants a stunt. But with a row cover, or other protection for the rare cold night, you should be good. The earlier you get in the ground, the longer your production season. Especially with cherry tomatoes. And after last season's disappointment, I am needing for a bountiful year.
|Burrowing to the front door is always fun.|
Warm and sunny through Friday. Apply that sunblock, especially if above snow level. Stormy on Saturday with mountain snow. Clearing for Sunday, with a coastal high of 65F and 35F at 8500 feet. Warmer on Monday and clear through Wednesday.