Thursday, March 24, 2022

Winter's Last(?) Blast


Before the Storm
 

After the Storm
 

Before the Storm
 

After the Storm 
 
Could have been a lot worse.  Most of our March snows melt quickly, but looks as though we're heading into a week of winter-like temps so spring time seems to have left the north woods.  At least for a little while. 

16 comments:

Tim B. Inman said...

Down here in the beautiful sunny south - south of Omaha, Nebraska a few miles - I live in the most radically changeable weather area on earth. Verified by the Offut Air force base meteorologists in Bellevue, Nebraska. We have been up into the 80's, then down to 4 F, then back into the 60's and now we're having snow and rain, too. And of course, winds to write home about. This was all last week! The only good thing about it is that it keeps out the 'riff raff' as my Dad used to say. Hang in there!

wyomingheart said...

The one thing that makes me smile when I see snow, is that all that moisture is slowly seeping into the earth, readying our ground for the seeds of our gardens. If pictures could talk, I think I could hear that very story being told! Great coffee day!

Mama Pea said...

Tim - I know! Our spring is here/spring is gone weather is nothing compared to yours (or others, to some degree) that I keep reading about. That's nuts to have the temperatures in the 80s and then plummeting down to the deep freeze. I always wonder what stress that puts on trees, shrubs, etc. Maybe they are more adaptable than we humans!

wyomingheart - We've all been very grateful for all the snow we've gotten this winter after our drought conditions of last year. We won't have a dry spring this year! Yay!!

Michelle said...

All that moisture must make your heart sing. We are having a drier than usual season here after a good start. And when I was in TX I experienced the kinds of psychotic weather Tim talked about!

Retired Knitter said...

Our area in Maryland is warming up. But one of the most serious snow storms of my memory happened in March right around this time in the 1990s.

We got 3 feet of snow in the coastal states from Maryland right up to Maine. My son was on leave from the Marines for a one month visit and he was flying in when all the airports closed. Coming from California landed in Chicago and then kept rescheduling to other departing flights which then got diverted to other airports outside the snow zone. He bounced around like that for about 8 hours when finally he boarded a plane which took off for BWI airport (30 minutes from our house.). He called from the plane and said he was scheduled to land at mid-night at BWI, BUT the pilot warned they might not have a cleared landing area at BWI and may be told at any time to return to the airport of origin. Mike and I got in our Ford Explorer with 4 wheel drive (roads had received their first plowing but were snow covered just the same) and headed for the airport. The airport was empty but Arrivals showed his plane (the only plane on the arrivals board that was on time and not cancelled) was soon to land! It was a JOYOUS AND TEAR FILLED REUNION!!! I will never forget that March! Never. It did take his luggage 5 days to catch up with him. haha.

March is a roller coaster ride and as long as you accept that - you are never disappointed!

Mama Pea said...

Michelle - Yes, for sure! After our drought conditions during the growing season last year, we're very, very thankful to know we won't start out with a dry spring this year. Maybe this precipitation will continue and we'll have enough rain through the summer months!

Retired Knitter - I can see why you'll always remember that storm in March! Your son must have been simply frazzled when he got off that plane in the airport and finally could hug you both. :o)

Leigh said...

Plus, all that snow makes for interesting blog posts! Great photos. Hopefully, spring isn't far behind.

Mama Pea said...

Leigh - As I staggered out of bed this morning, my husband told me we've got another foot of snow coming next week. I did read once that in a "normal" year (no one has a normal year anymore), our area gets more inches of snowfall in March than in any other month. Well, we have been hoping for a winter with lots of snow rather than the small amounts we've had the past several years! :o)

www.self-sufficientsam.blogspot.com said...

Here in AR it has been the coldest and gloomiest winter I've ever known here. Especially since we don't get much snow to cover up all the brown and ugly things.

Rosalea said...

What pretty white stuff! Surely it won't last too long at this time of year though? Plus...lots of moisture in the soil for growing gardens.

Mama Pea said...

Sam - Our November months are usually like that . . . cold, gray with little to no color to the landscape. That's why I'm always glad to see the first snow cover!

Rosalea - And we are so happy to have the moisture for the garden soil! A bit of the snow shown in this post has melted. Not very warm weather but the sun has enough strength now that it does cause the snow to melt a little. This coming week we're predicted to have below freezing temps even during the days and -- dum-da-dum-dum -- another big snowfall mid-week. Winter apparently isn't done with us yet!

Susan said...

We are supposed to get rain, snow and wind again, along with a downward plunge in temperature. I try to write off March and focus on April, but I still find myself cursing the bumpy entrance of spring. I want to dig in the dirt!!

Mama Pea said...

Susan - We woke to a temperature of 7° this morning. Spring never arrives as soon as we want it to up in the northern part of the country, does it! Another snowfall coming for us mid-week but at least it's only (only??) snow and not rain or sleet or ice. We must be thankful for that! Hang in there, my friend.

Haddock said...

That last picture has a lot of snow. I wouldn't venture out.

Mama Pea said...

Haddock - I know many folks wouldn't (don't!) choose to live up here in northern Minnesota, but because we do enjoy snow we take it and enjoy it along with the shoveling, plowing and having to use snowshoes to go walking in the woods. In our nearly fifty years of living here, we've never once been snowbound so it's not a scary thing to us. But I must admit there's nothing like being safe inside, snuggling in front of an open fire when the snow is piling up outside!

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