Friday, February 21, 2014

Snow and slush

The first thaw of winter 2014 has finally arrived on Roundtop Mtn.  While this is generally a good thing, for the moment it means my driveway is full of slush that refreezes overnight, creating a skating rink.  I will try not to complain too much about that, as the slush is dissipating and there’s less to freeze each night.

The thaw should mean that I will be able to finish clearing off my back deck, shoveling out the propane tank and perhaps working on the roof gutters.  It’s true that will all mean another weekend of shoveling, but at least those projects will be done until the next storm.

I heard this morning that while the eastern U.S. is enjoying (or suffering through, depending on your point of view) the winter of 2014, the rest of the globe is experiencing one of the warmest winters ever. I heard the winter overall is shaping up as the fourth warmest winter on record.  But weather, like politics, is a local phenomena, and that news just isn’t gaining much traction with me at the moment.

Instead, while I am enjoying the easing of winter, I am also relieved that the snowy winter should do a lot to improve the water table in the area, and I’m hopeful it also means fewer ticks and mosquitoes when the weather finally does warm up for spring. The way the weather is going, this could turn out to be one of the last “normal” winters I get to see. I will make every effort to enjoy that however long it lasts.

6 comments:

Scott said...

Well, Carolyn, this winter is not "normal," since it's the third snowiest in recorded history, so it's actually on the far end of one of the slopes of the bell curve. But, I know what you mean...

Countryside Tales said...

We've had the warmest winter in the UK. Wet and mild. Which makes me concerned for all the wild things that rely on a decent cold snap. Folk are already saying it could be a bad summer for butterflies as the pests that attack them haven't been killed off. Take care on that ice.

Sharkbytes said...

I'm all for fewer ticks this year. I too have hopes of that.

Carolyn H said...

Countryside: The last two winters have been warm ones here, and fleas, ticks and mosquitoes were bad. Monarch butterflies were in short supply, too, but tiger swallowtails were abundant. I hope the nasty bugs are lessened this time around.

Carolyn H said...

Scott: The snow cover here in my part of PA is only slightly above average. I think we're at 39 inches instead of 32 inches of snow. So, perhaps the third snowiest winter is from your neck of the woods.

Carolyn H said...

Sharkbytes: Let's hope this summer sees fewer ticks and mosquitos. That would be a worthwhile result.