Since I started my record of the weather and natural history, I have kept all my notes daily notes together - for example, all the July 20ths from 1979 through 2014 in one place. With that organization, I've been able to see how, in spite of the separate character of each 12-month cycle, the progress of the seasons remains nearly identical from one year to the next.
This year the amount of harmful algae forecast for Lake Erie is predicted to be less than last year and considerably less than the record outbreak of 2011. But it’s likely still be significant, coating some parts of the western basin in toxic green slime. Under certain conditions, even moderate blooms can produce levels of harmful toxins that threaten drinking water across the basin.
Jefferson Township officials will hear concerns from residents this evening about a proposed organic farm and composting facility in the area just west of Dayton. Previous public meetings about the proposal have been heated, with local residents voicing concerns about the sights and smells associated with industrial composting.
“The bottom line is it stinks, it really stinks, they mix it with manure, and it really reeks,” says Sam Elam, who runs Belmont Labs, an environmental testing facility.
Deep in July, the tide of summer reaches as far north as it can go then starts to slip away back toward the Gulf of Mexico. The rate of advance or retreat varies with each year, but the balance has always shifted by the middle of the year’s seventh month. The day's length becomes one to two minutes shorter every twenty-four hours, and countryside responds with changing color and sound.