Tuesday, March 09, 2010

It's Raining. It's Pouring.

That means the outside night time temperature is warmer than 32 and for maple sugarmaking it needs to be in the twenties at night.

Is the season over? Did it ever truly begin? We had one fantastic sap run. Where the buckets were all brimming. Yesterday I boiled 10 gallons in the morning, and by the afternoon the combined total from all 13 buckets was less than 2. What to do with 2 gallons? With the daytime temperatures blooming out at close to 60, the sap will spoil long before I have enough for a real boil.

It's another wait and see experience. The longterm forecast does show a night time cooling trend to the low 30s -- still not 20s; but maybe with radiational cooling the temp might drop below freezing.

Yield to date: Two gallons if I sort of squint to the side.


PtCakes said...

OKAY... I dreamed it was raining. The buckets are still bone dry this morning...

Tammy H. said...

Yikes! 60s! Seems like a NJ spring freezing to dying from heat in less than a week.

We'll hope for cooler weather for you!