While most of the citizens of Europe and its plants are “cooking” in the heatwave, we are struggling to reach double figures up here and me and the plants are very happy with that :)
Our resident robin (rødstrupe) was nevertheless singing, balancing at the top of this spruce tree last night!
I was woken this morning to the sound of swallows (låvesvale) outside and a flock of some 15-20 birds were feeding low over the tree tops encouraged northwards last week by the warm weather over the whole of southern Norway and a week of temperatures close to 20C and a maximum of 22C in Trondheim. The temperature has now plummeted 15-20C and it’s rained! The hazy dusty warm weather due to farmers ploughing the dry land (a month of drought) in combination with the arrival of Saharan dust and pollen laden air is replaced with a heavy snow warning, although it’s unlikely to be a frost here on the coast. So, those swallows are in for a shock!!
High cloud front moving nothwards at sunrise this morning, now totally overcast.
It was a dramatic night here with high winds, snow, hail and there was even a thunderstorm at 4 am (not common in winter here!)….a Polar Low (polar lavtrykk).
Just before the thunderstorm hit this evening :)
As the storm retreated….HE poked his nose out ;) What’s his name?
There was a little sprinkling of rain in the night again (here on a pot grown Phormium from NZ)! Although everything is still green, another couple of weeks of drought will stress the trees on my shallow soil….but hope is in sight with 4 rainy days forecast next week!
We’re enjoying record warm days for the first half of May….today is the 5th day above 20C…. enjoying an early breakfast in the garden …..and I can hear new arrivals whitethroat (tornsanger) and lesser whitethroat (møller) singing…
There’s an unusual wind direction, blowing a gale from the north east today, a sign of cold weather on the way as a low pressure system currently centred over southern Norway moves eastwards allowing high pressure to descend on us. The forecast is for cold stable weather for the next week with temperatures dropping to -15C at night, the coldest this winter..
Edibles & ornamental plants