Temperature Blanket 2018 – March Update

This year I am making a temperature blanket!  I have chosen to make my blanket using the midday temperature, as defined by the Met Office app on my phone, at my home location.  I have an alarm set for 12.01pm each day and at this point I check the app and either record the temperature in my bullet journal or screenshot it to record when it is more convenient.  Then I crochet one row per day using the temperature and the following scale.

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You can find more information about the stitches, yarn and overall process in the post Temperature Blanket 2018 – January Update.

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Here’s March.  So much blue!  February ended with sub zero temperatures, snow and rows of purple yarn and that was how we started the month of March.  I was so hopeful that March would bring with it springlike weather and temperatures and a departure from the row after row of blue but it was not to be.

I have crunched the numbers, working out the average temperatures for each month using my blanket data and there has been an upward trend from the beginning of the year with March giving us more warmer days than January did but these warmer days were mainly still below 10 degrees celsius and therefore firmly in the blue zone.

The media were quick to herald the return of The Beast From The East mid month when the wind once again changed direction and brought us very cold air from Siberia but this time, in our low and flat bit of Yorkshire it didn’t bring us any more snow, just another row of purple.

As I have been complaining about the cold and willing Spring to spring forth I have been watching the effects of prolonged Winter on the garden.  These are photographs I took on the 21st March, the first day of Spring, this year and last.

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There is so much difference in the amount of greenery, shoots and blooms.  As I sit and write this almost a fortnight later there are a few more signs of the plants reemerging than there were on the 21st but we are still not up to the levels of last year.

The temperatures looked to be rising as we approached the end of the month but this year Easter fell over month-end and in the time honoured tradition of the the Great British Bank Holiday always having rubbish weather the temperatures went down again bringing overnight frosts and yet more blue.

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Quarter One is complete.  It is blue.  Really blue.  The day that I photographed this was grey and overcast with rubbish light and that is reflected in the vibrancy of the colours but I think that is a fair representation of the first three months of the year and so I am happy with the shot.  I am fond of the thick band of purple as it will always remind me of the first time my youngest child got to play in proper proper snow and the excitement we all felt at the unusual weather.

But I am now very ready for Spring, warmer days and some colours that aren’t blue!