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Sorry all, for the month outage but finally Weather Underground and I corrected the issue today:

Link below:

http://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=KARPARTH3

Be sure to try the new WunderMap (Link Below)

http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/?lat=35.950000&lon=-93.281000&zoom=8&pin=Parthenon%2c%20AR&rad=1&wxsn=0&svr=0&cams=0&sat=0&riv=0&mm=0&hur=0

Thanks all.

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the wet July and August thru September has kept all the trees a lush green color but recently a little bit of yellow has started showing here and there. Yesterday looked stormy at sun up, but turned into a nice warm day; I just love the Boston Mountians !!

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It starts today. It’s been a nice summer here the mountains in 2013. Hot in June, Wet in July, Wet and cool in August, A dry but near average September. We did get over and inch of rain on Friday and had cool and pleasant temperatures yesterday (47F — 74F) and trend will continue for a few more days. I did a lot of needed yard work and general outside chores yesterday and with a dew point of 34 it was comfortable all day long. Never saw even one cloud. I am feeling the pain today in my legs and arms.

When my friend gets here we are going on a hike. Not sure where yet; maybe a section of the BRT ? I have the netting face masks out and ready for the gnats and no-see-ums which can ruin a nice hike in September. Saw another Scissor-tail Flycatcher yesterday; this time in an open field. Lots of quail and doves in every old field.  I got one shot a 100 yards  but did capture him; they are majestic and patient:

 

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We have only had about 0.2 inches of rain since early August. Saturday and this morning were cold by early September standards here in Arkansas. Yesterday we dropped to 47F degrees, and 46F this morning. We have a cool clear northern air flow. It will be replaced later today by a flow from the south again and bring a moderate change for thundershowers tonight and Monday morning. We do need the rain, once again. I took a few fall photos this morning on the way to Jasper for breakfast.

Murray Road

Murray Road

Orb spider and dew

Orb spider and dew

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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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Just a photo; worms are plentiful and near the surface now:

 

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I have never seen such striking spotting in a juvenile robin before; taken in the 55F weather this morning in my back yard:

 

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Its been a hot since last Wednesday; not the real temperature; rather, the humidity. I think the hottest day was about 96F but the Heat Index was 110F. It becomes hard to work outside by late morning (say 11 AM). I have been building a shed and a patio. Yesterday, and Sunday night we had 4 thunder showers with very little lightning but tropical-like downpours. Not a ton of rain; but enough. I believe the rain gauge at my weather station says we got 1.18 inches of rain in those 4 showers. Also, it stayed cooler yesterday due to cloud cover for part of the day.

Several adult Purple Martins have been spending a lot of time at my Martin House. They seem to enjoy watching work on the shed, me using power tools, and talking. I did not get any this year in March-April and was disappointed – my theory was it was due to the long cool wet spring. However, my friends on Shiloh mountain and up at Wayton, AR. seemed to have no issues with Purple Martins and have plenty.

Also, this week the White-tailed deer began dropping fawns; which is also late.

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Just as I finished working yesterday a Blue Grosbeak darted into a Orchard grass island in my back yard. I have been keeping my camera with me but have had little chance to take any photos.

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Yesterday was a beautiful day; temperatures in the mid-70’s; tomorrow brings severe thunderstorms again. What a cold start to June ! Not exactly swimming weather. Looked for Elk and Deer fawns yesterday; saw a few. Got a few photos; one of a newly dropped Elk calf; one of a raccoon, and one of a nice Whitetail Deer buckin velvet. Saw a few fawns and decided it might still be a few days early given this cool weather:

 

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Right next to the entrance gate to my place this Indigo Bunting as staked out his territory. He is singing from dawn to dusk – despite the lousy weather. He is cold and wet and probably wishes he did not migrate north. This weeks promises more below normal temperatures and more wet weather:

Taken with a Canon 7D and a 400mm Canon 400 DO IS Lens at f /5.6:

 

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