Loree Bohl, who blogs at Danger Garden, has been keeping track of weather information at the end of her almost daily postings. She decided the blog was the most sensible spot to put such information and be able to find it again.
I commented that I think most gardeners become interested, if not obsessed, with tracking weather information. I tend to write it all down in my paper garden journals. I mostly note whatever is noteworthy at the moment: heat, cold, rain, snow, storms etc. But for a few months in 2008 I tracked each day's high and low temperature and then charted them.
I borrowed this idea from Hannah Hinchman, whose book "A Trail Through Leaves," is about nature journaling. I used the temperatures from the daily newspaper since I felt those numbers — unlike rain or snowfall amounts — would essentially be the same at my house as at the local airport where they were recorded.
This turned out to be one of the most engrossing little projects I've ever done. Double click on the photo so you can read it more clearly. The graph shows the high and low temperature every day from March 1st to May 12th, 2008.
But look at what this information tells you when you see it visually like this rather than just individual numbers on each page in a garden journal: There are tremendous temperature swings as the season changes and Spring arrives. The dotted line going across the pages is 32 degrees F. Look at how cold it was in March that year! If you are as obsessive about weather conditions as I am, I highly recommend trying this yourself.