Pat Shingleton: "Oceania and Rhubarb..."
We say goodbye to April and rewind to some interesting weather events on this date. “Oceania” are land areas that are not a part of a continent. On this date in 1912 a temperature of 108 degrees was recorded at Tuguegarao, Philippines for Oceania’s all-time recorded high. In 1898 the latest-in-the-season measureable snowfall for Washington, D.C. was noted along with a record low of 33 degrees. Also in D.C. on April 30, 1938, meteorologists attending the American Geophysical Union reported baseball sized hail that whitened the ground setting a record hail event. Here's another from 1994 when thunderstorm winds blew a power line onto a fence in Franklin County, PA, electrocuting 15 cows and illuminating the fence like a toaster. In closing, backyard gardens are a couple of months away from a "full" harvest. In western Pennsylvania, my grandfather would “turn-over” the garden with a spade or shovel until he was convinced to let Mr. Hollenbeck “disc it up” with his tractor. My mom looked forward to one of the first crops of the season - rhubarb. After that, it’s leaf lettuce, beans, tomatoes and sweet corn that should be “knee high by the Fourth of July.” At this time of the year, she would remove ground cover from her rhubarb, uncovering quite a crop. There was so much rhubarb that the produce manager at the local Giant Eagle gave her six bucks per pound. More importantly, her rhubarb pie with strawberries was the absolute best and greatly missed...
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