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View East from Base of Round Mountain

View East from Base of Round Mountain

Just a photo of the sun Rising:

 

 

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Lots of pastel pinks and tangerines looking Eastward. So far this August we have received almost 9 inches of rain (compared to 1.09) for all August last year. The rivers are running full and the river valleys in the mornings are full of fog just like two years ago:

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A pretty picture for an early spring day; rain in the forecast today:

 

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Miserably cold March, so far !!!

After on full year with the Davis Weather Station and a member of Weather Underground, they have found that I have one of the coldest reporting stations in all of Arkansas. I not only have the coldest year-round low temperatures but some of the hottest readings in the summer. The Arkansas town of Deer is in the center point of this micro-climate. See temperature maps with 1F increments in morning lows:

My home is located in the Murray Valley, south of the Little Buffalo River at about 1,200 feet altitude. I am surrounded by mountains but the home is actually on a plateau (bench) about 250 feet above the river. The mountains around my home and the Davis Weather Station, are all 1,200 – 1,400 feet above my gauge. In the  mornings all year around, I am shaded by the shadow of Henderson Mountain until mid-morning (later in the winter). The winter’s prevailing NW winds have a straight shot at my place on a true downslope (very cold) flow. Reynolds mountain is N and NW of the gauge and Beckham Hollow (holds Beckham Cave) is due west with Shiloh Mountain directly behind. On the other side of Shiloh Mountain is Boxley, AR. and Cave Mountain (Upper Buffalo Wilderness); also a fairly cold area. At Beckham Creek, the Little Buffalo River turns south and encircles Taylor Mountain; which lies south of the gauge.

NW Arkansas has always been the cool spot in Arkansas, with a corresponding drop in on the USDA Planting Zone maps; placing it in the same zone a between Joplin and Kansas City, MO. See maps.

I have high humidity and fog in the summers and fall about half the mornings of the week. It lifts by 8 AM to 8:30 AM most mornings and leads to a fairly quick warm up. However, the low has already been reached near dawn and directly after. The fog forms on the Little Buffalo River and moves southeast towards Taylor Mountain.

My gauged temperatures typically run about 10F below the readings at Harrison to the NE on the other side of the Boston Mountains. This is wonderful in the summer.

It is extremely pleasant every morning May-August until 8-9 AM; sometimes 10:00 AM. A great time to do yard or garden work ! I love the climate; except the 110F summer readings.

 

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Just a photo:

 

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Last week we had a 2.14 inches of rain. In the high country that precipitation brings the creeks and rivers up and that affords some on the finest scenery in the US in my opinion. For instance, Henson Creek between Ponca and Parthenon fall approximately 460 feet in 4 miles or 115 feet per mile. It is floatable by Kayak for a short time most years.

Next, there is Shop Creek, which empties into the Little Buffalo in Parthenon. It also has a gradient of 80-100 feet per mile in it’s floatable stretches. In can be floated from a few miles below Alum Cove (the natural bridge) to its confluence with the Little Buffalo and is a beautiful run. Of course, most of these floats are on private property and necessary arrangements need to be made.

From the middle of February through May is a great time to get out and view these sections of these outstanding creeks. The Boston Mountains are is as scenic as the southern and middle Appalachian Mountains and much closer to Springfield MO, Little Rock, AR., Memphis TN, and Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK.

Here are some photos from last week, 2 days after the rains:

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Its’ sunny 45F, a beautiful day, and the Eastern Bluebirds are scouting homes as if it was March. They are really amazing birds. Here is a cute female looking to what this  house offers on January 3rd.:

 

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