July and August finally brought in the moisture we desperately needed. September 1st suddenly brought cooler, cloudy & rainy weather bringing an end to summer & beginning of fall. A prediction of an El Nino winter, fallen acorns, & early fall, all bring the promise of a cold, wet winter with plenty of snow this year. Enjoy the fall temperatures & changing of the leaves.
August 1st is my official end date as secretary for CCW and the beginning for Robin Faux as my successor. I am very confident that Robin will be a great asset to our community, with hopes that she'll remain secretary as long as I did.
It's been my pleasure to serve all the wonderful people in this community for 14 years. I will continue to update this website and hopefully keep you all well informed.
As for the weather update, the monsoon pattern finally started up the last week of July, bringing our total to 7.3" for the month. It should continue thru August, but considering our lack of moisture thus far, no one can predict with certainty. This has been a strange year all over the US with fires, flooding, and draughts.
Thank goodness the weather pattern continues as in years past. July is bringing daily rain showers as the monsoon season begins. After the driest, warmest June I've seen thus far, this is definitely a welcome relief. We may finally have baby ducklings soon, the Mallard hen has been diligently laying on her eggs, in one of the houses built for their protection, on the water. There were too many obstacles on land, glad they've finally figured it out.
This is just another beginning to the most beautiful place on God's green earth. The only complaint is lack of rain, and not much snow from the past winter season. Trees are surprisingly growing and budding out now, grass is very sparse, very dry, and brown. But, this is just the beginning of June and we'll keep praying for some much needed rain. Stage 2 fire restrictions are already in effect. Cities all around are setting record highs with temps over 100 degrees. We really shouldn't complain, except for the extreme fire danger!
HAPPENING THIS SUMMER:
The good news to announce is that I will be retiring this summer from my Secretary/Bookkeeper position after 14 years and my replacement is Robin Faux. She lives here full time and co-owns Cloudcroft Therapeutic Massage in the Village, with her husband Jim Swaagman. I will continue to maintain this WEBSITE.
Our pond committee is continuing to improve the pond & surrounding area. A table with 2 benches was just added. It's nice to sit, watch, & listen to the birds in this peaceful environment.
Another female Mallard has gone missing, which leaves 2 Mallards & 4 Muscoveys. They are attempting to expand & lay eggs, but natures course of events prevent them from succeeding. They still keep trying though. Maybe one day soon there'll be some little ducklings swimming in the pond.
I always look back to the previous year's blog mainly to compare the weather. It's never the same from year to year. Last May was milder with moisture from the previous month. This year has been such an unusually dry season. It's even hard to imagine if we'll ever pull out of this drought. May's only just begun with very windy, overcast, dismal days. With only 9 inches of snow this winter season we're already into fire restrictions - Come on summer and bring some rain!
Spring is definitely here with the winds, allergies and dry climate. Last April we still had snow and cold temperatures. This has really been a strange winter with only 9 inches of snow for the season. We've had 3 Inches of rain this year so far, However, dry the grass and trees are, they seem to be budding out and slowly turning green again. Is this climate change or just a cycle that comes around every 3 or so years? Let's hope for the best when monsoon season arrives in the summer.
Spring will be here soon and if the moisture doesn't improve and the winds continue to blow...??? This winter season only 8" of snowfall to date, the 1st single digit amount ever! The Lord knows we need it badly up here, but so do many. Without rain & snow our water tables diminish, trees and plant life die, no greenery for the animals to eat. Yikes! It certainly won't come to any of that, there's still plenty of time for more snow and a lot more rain this summer.
This marks the strangest winter season that I can remember. Not much snow, just enough to get by. Temperatures well above average for this time of year. It's the first February the pond has been completely thawed; however, the ducks are really enjoying swimming the entire area without running into ice (It was partially frozen all of January). Mardi Gras will be celebrated Feb 9-10th and should be a very pleasant weekend. The Ski Run has been open all season with tubing & the bunny slopes. Weekends & the holidays brought in a lot of vacation enthusiasts, and at the skating rink as well. Good times were still had by all.
Not all hope is gone, at least for the snow. We fell into the same pattern as last year (thru December). However, we picked right back up and scored some measurable snow last January. In the meantime, we're still enjoying these wonderful days, but in reality we need the snow pack and moisture for the trees and ground cover. Mother Nature is trying to fool us but we know it's going to come soon (it always does). Happy New Year!
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