Tuesday, March 4, 2014

What about this weather we're having?

Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.  ~Kin Hubbard

In the US, this winter has set many records for snowfall amounts and colder temperatures. And this has everyone talking. Talking about the crocus that should be here and aren't. Talking about whether school will be closed yet again tomorrow. Talking about overspent budgets on plows and salt. And talking about the smell of baking cookies on one of those unexpected snow days.

To see how different things really are, I thought I'd look to see how what it was like during the beginning of March the last couple of years.

The beginning of March 2014
3/3/2014--This was yesterday with 6" of snow and single digit temperatures.

3/1/2014--This is usually the spot where we see the first crocus. So far no sign of them.

The beginning of March 2013

3/3/2013--At this time last year, we had a few crocus popping up here and there. You can't see them here, but the daffodil leaves were up 6-8"

3/6/2013--But look, a few days later we had snow and freezing rain.


The beginning of March 2012

3/1/2012--Two years ago on the first day of March, we had daffodils blooming several places in the yard.

3/10/2012--A week later, the maple tree was in bloom. That has not happened yet this year.


The middle of March 2011
(I didn't have any pictures from the beginning of March.)

3/17/2011--The crocus are in bloom all over the yard. This is the same spot as in the 2014 picture that shows nothing but dirt and leaves.

I'm not sure what all of this proves except maybe the plants agree with the records. It is colder this winter than recent ones. In the meantime, I am enjoying looking at pictures of things to come. (Soon, I hope.)