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News from Magicland Farms for Friday, December 19, 2014

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the forecasted weather for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and even the weather into New Years’ Eve still has a big question mark ahead of it.  I was sort of happy to hear the government’s NOAA official forecast into next week mention the forecast is quite uncertain since they seem to go right along with my thinking.  It is nice when people seem to agree with you!!

Right now we plan on being open until the day before Christmas Eve which is the coming Tuesday. We still have a good supply of nice crisp apples, sweet onions and a fair supply of potatoes.  We will be on self-serve today.  We will likely close for the season on next Tuesday.  For more information see our facebook page for today.

Christmas Day Weather? Who Knows? Also. news from Magicland Farms for Thursday, December 18, 2014

Today I’m glad I am not a TV weatherman because Christmas is just one week from today which is a big weather day for lots of reasons.  The problem is that it is so far away that it is hard to make a forecast by the seat of your pants (i.e. without looking at computer models) and the models don’t make sense–at least not for me.  Looking at them, and their divergence, it is obvious they are far from sure what the weather will be on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day–although that period does look unsettled.  My advice here is to watch the forecast issued on  Monday, December 22!  By that time one can ignore the models and still get a decent forecast!

Right now we plan on being open until the day before Christmas Eve which is the coming Tuesday. We still have a good supply of nice crisp apples, sweet onions and a fair supply of potatoes.  We will be on self-serve today.  We will likely close for the season on next Tuesday or Wednesday, unless it gets colder than we think before that.  For more information see our facebook page for today.

News from Magicland Farms for Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It looks fairly certain that cold air will invade Michigan right around Christmas.  However, that is still eight days away and timing will likely change although there is no doubt it will turn colder sometime the end of next week.

We will be open today and possibly all week.  We still have a good supply of nice crisp apples, sweet onions and a fair supply of potatoes.  We will be on self-serve today.  We will likely close for the season on next Tuesday or Wednesday, unless it gets colder than we think before that.

 

 

News from Magicland Farms for Tuesday, December 16, 2014

All the snow has now been gone for several days due to the December warm spell which started in earnest last Saturday.  It looks fairly certain that cold air will invade Michigan again on Christmas Eve!  Before that we will have another thaw that should melt any snow we might get before that–the snow we would get before Christmas Eve doesn’t look like much.  There is a chance that by Christmas the inland lakes here will be ice covered.  BEWARE!! THERE ARE WAVES ON PICKEREL LAKE NOW AND THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO ICE ON IT.  THE ICE, IF ANY, WILL BE EXTREMELY THIN ON CHRISTMAS DAY SO PLEASE DON’T WALK ON IT!

Will we have a white Christmas?  It surely looks like it will be cold enough for snow. The question is will a storm help bring some white stuff or perhaps Lake Michigan will?

We will be open today and possibly all week.  We still have a good supply of nice crisp apples, sweet onions and a fair supply of potatoes.  We will be on self-serve today.  We will likely close for the season on next Tuesday, unless it gets colder than we think before that.

 

 

Monday, December 15, 2014 at Magicland Farms

This December continues to baffle those who have been calling for an early cold winter and thought a white Christmas was a given.  Right now it looks like the weather going into Christmas should be a bit milder than normal with again more sunshine than average for December.  I noticed the GFS weather model seems to indicate a storm moving directly north from the Gulf into Michigan on Christmas Day.  Storms moving from that direction sometimes cause us problems.  However, most models don’t show this storm…we shall see…

We plan on being open all this week although we will have to keep an eye on the thermometer and weather conditions so it is a good idea to check this blog daily.

Right now our supply of crisp apples and sweet onions is still very good and we do still have potatoes for sale.  Most of the time we will be on self-serve this week so please bring correct change or your checkbook!

Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Magicland Farms

Today we celebrate St. Lucy Day — the day of light.  St. Lucy is the patron of blindness.  This day was once thought to be the shortest day of the year since after today the sun starts setting later.  The problem is while the sun does start setting later now it also starts rising later so the true shortest day is December 21.

We continue having a relatively mild December and it looks like it will likely continue thru the rest of the month.  A white Christmas, as I mentioned earlier, was surely not a given!

We will be open today and possibly all next week because of the mild weather.  We still have a good selection of nice crisp apples (because of the cold weather they taste freshly picked) as well as sweet onions and red potatoes.

We are open today, Friday, December 12, 2014

We will be open today although we will be on self-serve most of the day.  We still have a good selection of nice crisp, naturally chilled apples as well as sweet onions and potatoes.

Right now it looks relatively mild until at least a few days before Christmas.  If this mild weather holds we hope to stay open until Christmas eve when we will finish preparing the stand for winter.  Keep reading this blog because I will let you know when we plan on reopening in the spring.

Sorry for No Posts the Last Two Days–Our Internet Was Out

We just got our internet back!  Apparently it was either our old modem or some other problem at Comcast.

We are open today and will be open at least Friday, Saturday and Monday.  We still have a good supply of apples, sweet onions and potatoes.

As you can tell, the weather pattern has shifted, as I mentioned it might in my previous posts, toward milder December weather.  There is now a possibility that we will be open most days until

Christmas eve–but I wouldn’t count on it!

Are we looking at an early spring?  Well maybe.  One thing I have learned looking at the weather all these years is that when the Dakotas and Minnesota have a very small snow pack going into Valentine’s Day (mid February) there normally is an early spring in Michigan.  With the warm weather forecast in that area for the next week, the small snow pack they have should be gone.  While it no doubt will build up again, conditions don’t look favorable for lots of snow there the next month or so.  If you watch the snow pack there carefully you can figure out for yourself whether there will be an early or late spring here.  By the way, for optimum fruit and vegetable crops the best arrival time for spring is the normal one–a late spring is OK for fruit but bad for sweet corn, tomatoes and some other warm season vegetables.

We are open today, Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Despite a bit of snow in the parking lot, we will be open today although we will be on self-serve most of the day.  We still have a good selection of nice crisp, naturally chilled apples as well as sweet onions and potatoes.

It looks like mild December weather is ahead for at least a week so we plan on being open all week.  Right now next week looks to be above normal in temperature with little or no snow so we might be open much of next week as well.

We are open today, December 8, 2014

We are open today, December 8, 2014 although we will be on self-serve all day today since it is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  We still have a good selection of nice crisp, naturally chilled apples as well as sweet onions and potatoes.

We are going into a mild period of weather with mild temperatures and, which is rare for us here in Michigan, December sunshine!  Too bad the days are so short!  How long this mild spell will last is unsure but there is a good chance it will continue to the week of Christmas.  This weekend we might see temperatures near 50.