Welcome to Fedco’s
2012: Hottest year on record and worst drought since
the 1950s. Broke the previous record in 1998 by a full degree, an
unprecedented margin. As if Bobby Bonds, whether on steroids or
not, had hit 85 homers in one season.
2013: Quite different. We should have guessed when
winter gave way so grudgingly. Our chilly April was nothing like
that of 2012 and set the tone for a much cooler season. Whether
in Kentucky, Maine or Massachusetts, ’twas another strange
one, characterized by extreme temperature fluctuations, excessive
moisture and continued unpredictability.
May started out gorgeous, soon turned bizarre. As
much as 15 inches of rain fell from mid-May through mid-June, with
additional deluges in August and early September. For many, the
lovely months of early fall were season savers. Parts of Central
Maine cruised through September, received only the mildest mid-October
frosts and did not shut down until Oct. 29. The autumn weather of
my Southern Tier NY childhood had come all the way north to Central
Maine, as reluctant to give in to harsher weather as spring had
been to banish winter.
In Gravel Switch, KY, Greg and Pat Williams complained
of a cold wet July with a high of only 66¾ on the 4th and monthly
rain of more than 11 inches. “Global weirding for sure! Way
up north in Parkman, ME, Jason Kafka referred to his warm October
as “going extra innings.” He was ready to be done, but
only after finishing strong like the champion Red Sox.