Spring time arriving in the north woods on February 18th? No way. But gee-willikers, we had such a warm day with full-blown, strong, warm sunshine all day.
I noticed what I think was the high of 58.6° on our thermometer in the shade which means it had to be way up into the 60s in the sun.
The bees were out taking cleansing flights and happily creating thousands of little brown blobs all over.
Areas where we've kept pathways shoveled through the snow are suddenly and unbelievably down to bare ground. (I took these two pictures after the sun had gone down.)
And look at that! There are even a couple corners of raised beds poking up out of the blanket of snow. Maybe I can plant some early cold weather crops in one of them tomorrow. Or not. (Still looks pretty bleak, doesn't it?)
This whole next week is forecast to be of these higher than normal temperatures so I'm wondering how much of our snow will do a disappearing act. Of course, as so often happens this time of year, next weekend is supposed to be freezing rain, sleet, hail and snow-filled. (Yes, Virginia, it is still winter.)
So, no, this can't be spring for us yet. But it sure did feel good out there today. (Just ask any of our honey bees.)
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