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10 degrees cooler here overnight, must have been that rain storm that cooled things down, it really poured for a few minutes and lightly rained for close to an hour.


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We had no downpour as the heavier rains went around us we were left just on fringe with only a sprinkle. Our low last night was 50* so once the cloudiness dissipated we were able to cool house down to a nice 62* by this morning.
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I was surprised it rained as much as it did, from the reports on the news, it did not sound like we would get more than a sprinkle. One thing good about a decent rain is, it washes my solar panel and they are clean today.Wink


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Yes that is plus for sure. Also, we have found this time of year that even though we longer days, the panels don't produce as well . Not sure if its just heat or the angle of sun. Unsure
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When I was figuring out what the best angle was for my panels, it was panels that were facing South at an 18 degree angle in the Summer. The best Winter angle was 54 degrees I believe. So if your angle is steeper than 18 degrees, say 30 degrees and it's not facing South that might explain why you are not producing as much power in the Summer but that's just a guess.


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I am sure angle has lot to do with it. Our system is designed to be a net-zero account meaning through out the year we create more power then we consume, so far we haven't had a power bill (other than a basic metering bill of less than $9) for 5 years and we still give more unused/excess power back each March-April when they zero out/reset our account.

Got cooler than we had expected, which was a nice 50*. We both have small yard projects to start working on before Jeff's knee surgery shuts down most of our activities for a few weeks. So we'll start working on them together earlier in the day when it cooler like this and possibly even shaded Cool and bit by bit we'll get both done keeping ourselves out of the sun and heat.

My sweet potatoes are all growing nicely. But I still wonder how many poatoes we'll actually get ot have. It so hard since you can't really really see them to know how they are really doing. The plants just haven't seemed to really take off like the squash the other garden plants have since we finally warmed up.
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Still got down to 50 last night, although the forecast was for 55. Can't complain about that. It sure made for a nice temp to get out and do a little yard working before the sun started creeping over our back hillside. Totally finished one project, but the second one is 1/2 way done - we've sprayed some weed killer over top as some of the pulled weeds broke off so we want to give it time to kill the roots before we add some soil, then pea gravel, then take some of our ground cover that is doing too well in a nearby area and transplant it into the now cleared space.


We harvested the last of our first crop of peas. So this afternoon, in the cool comfort of the house we'll have a shelling party as we relax a little. The old peas, once they dry out, can all be added to the compost and the pots will be all prepped for re-seeding with a fall crop come early August.
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Sounds like you two are keeping yourselves busy, I know I've always seem to have things to do around here too. No fishing trips this week?


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We are. Since our son and his girls vacationed up with our extended family in N Idaho we thought we'd have a chance to fish more often, but we got so caught up getting stuff done here around the house (things we needed the both of us to do so they get done before his next knee surgery) that fishing dropped off Frown Now they're on their way home today having had a great time since they were in cooler and wetter time up there (mid 70s, odd for this time of year) but they were totally enjoyed by all the family and all hope they come again - and soon!

Well I'm heading out to mow the yard while its still cool.
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