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Well  —  we broke an record held since recording began in 1809 here in NW Arkansas. We got 1-2 inches of snow in higher elevations on 5/3. The cold and rain continued for 2 1/2 days and its reaches 33F near dawn today. There was enough wind to prevent a heavy frost. The last few days (with little in any sun) I was able to photograph some songbirds that seemed to enjoy the cold weather; Pine Siskins and Redpolls; no doubt returning to Canada and Alaska, but must have wondered if they arrived up north already:

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Its May folks; not February !!! An inch of heavy snow on top of Cave Moumtain.

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The temperature has hovered in the upper 40’s to very low 50’s for 36 straight hours now — with fog, drizzle, rain, and thunderstorms. We have received about one inch of rain in the past 36 hours also.  Earlier this week it was a different situation. The air temperature fell to 28.7F on Tuesday morning 4/23/13. Ponded water in the yard was frozen; so this was not just a heavy frost. This cold spell set dozens of records here in NW Arkansas. Many late arriving tree leaves have now, as of Saturday, turned brown and need to restart the budding process. Most tender low vegetation and annual flowers were killed. Murray is a low valley in the high Ozarks and the cold air literally poured down and inside the valley. This is late for the last hard freeze in this area.

 

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No severe weather in Newton County, so far. I beleive the potential for heavy weather has passed. We reccieved 0.80 inches of rain starting at 7 AM this morning. It is now 9:15 AM. The heaviest weather, including, a few tornados was NW of here about 40 miles during the night. There is still a 40% to 70% chance for more rain and storms today:

 

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Just a few from a glorious Sunday afternoon April 14th. (Northern Cardinal, female Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow Rumpped Warbler, Blue Gray Gnatcatcher on the nest, makle Eastern Bluebird, male American Goldfinch, Blue Gray Gnatcahtcher, Red-headed Woodpeckers):

 

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Here it is:

 

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

 

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This past two weeks has been two of the coldest in NW Arkansas late March history. Today it is sunny and supposed to reach the mid-40’s; possibly the 60s by Friday. I sincerely hope this is the beginning of spring. I lost most of my peaches this past weeka and my green “winter wheat” has gone back to a winter looking color. Here is a photo of a Red Shouldered Hawk down along the Little Buffalo River hiding in the brushy cover in the sun trying to stay warm:

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Im in St. Louis this week. We got 11 to 16 inches of snow Sunday; varies by location; a new March record; 4th biggest snowfall of all time in St. Louis. Needless to say, its a mess trying to get around today. It’s still snowing (expecting 2 more inches). Can’t wait to get back to Arkansas.

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The high temperature Thursday was 34F, the low was 34F. A storm is coming this weekend; probably later today. Need the water badly; but my mood needs sunshine. Took this photo of a Northern Cardinal thursday afternoon — this says it all about our very late Arkansas spring:

 

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