Had 8 inches of snow a few days ago. I-70 was closed so couldn't go to work. It's rapidly melting now. 8 inches of snow would be no big deal, but it came with 40 mile an hour wind, which drifted it bad. And it rained some first, so there was ice under the snow. Still, I was suprized I-70 was closed. It is usually sprayed with salt water when snow is predicted. Then it is salted. And snow plows run 24-7 until it is clear. Yes, it is usually closed a few times every winter, but not for 8 inches. It is early for a snow storm. Maybe the highway patrol just wasn't ready yet.
It's been seasonably cold and still on the wet side, here. I got the garlic and daffodils in under the wire...the ground was just starting to freeze in slabs.
Growing in a coastal zone 7a in the Northern Hemisphere. Hot humid summers and cold snowy winters. Plenty of rain. Sandy loam topsoil over clay subsoil, whatever the glacier left behind when it made Long Island.
We had freezing fog yesterday morning. Bright sun came up and for a little while till it stated burning it off everything single thing shimmered and sparkled. Every surface, every blade of grass every tree branch was covered in a soft white crystalline layer thick enough to obscure almost all other color, even on the cars. The tails and whiskers of the early rising squirrels that come to rob the bird feeder sparkled.
It persisted in shaded areas for a good while but the totality only lasted a few minutes. It followed the predawn show of a nearly full moon and bright stars shining through ice, as it froze and fell out of the air. No clouds, not a puff of wind, just ice in crystals too small to see, except in the reflections they made.
Few humans besides me got to see it, heavy price to pay for holiday revelry and late night TV, IMO.
Freezing fogs or hoarfrost as they are known here are not common around these parts but seen most winters to the south. they certainly can be beautiful alright.
Having a very cool cloudy and wet summer so far, some plants are loving others not so, peas potatoes onions are some of the best ive had for years, corn, camote, tomatoes and peppers all very slow. Good news though is the computer models are showing 10 days ahead of clear warm weather, so about time summer arriving.
Cali is also looking toward ~10 clear days; not so good; we should still be in our heavy storms, before a warm dry several weeks, followed by light rain every 3 days like clockwork (that hasn't happened for years); weather in this Global Climate Change is so erratic. Oh, well; today's Christmas was clear and brisk. Oy to the World!
"Yesterday is history; tomorrow is mystery; today is a gift, that's why it's called the present." E. Roosevelt "If the world is to end tomorrow, I would plant an apple tree today" Martin Luther
Got a dusting of snow today on the bare ground. Will see what January is like soon, but seems like a different weather pattern so far this winter. Wonder if it will be like the winter of 04-05 and be pretty bare much of the winter.