Anyone who has lived here for a while (or a couple of whiles, as my son once said) knows that spring is not here, even though it might feel like it, until the last spring snowstorm.

We may have just had that. I was warned yesterday that snow was coming overnight. I checked the forecast before bed and it said 1-4 inches between 4 and 10 AM. I was ready to shovel when I got up.

I wasn’t ready to have to force the door open to get there. I measured 10.5 inches on the porch post. It was still snowing and it was melting.

After shoveling I went for a walk. The 1-4 inches came over the tops of my 15 inch snow boots. That is not an ocean in the photo below. That is a lake that I have paddled, skated, and skied across. Visibility is a bit limited.

The crabapple trees hang onto their fruits tenaciously. They’ll fall when the new crop comes in.

I tried to sculpt the snow. It was going to be a child on the beach making a sand castle. The snow was too warm, too wet, too coarse-grained. I suppose I could have built a large box, filled and compacted it, removed it from its mold, let it harden a while, and then carved it. Since my back porch thermometer says 40º (4.5 C), I’m not sure how successful that would have been.

The ducks seem to like the open water

This may have been that spring snow. The current forecast is for 55º (13 C) by the end of the week. Not that I ever believe forecasts that far out and when they were that far off about today 12 hours ago. In other news, the aurora borealis (northern lights) was/were visible in this neck of the woods last night. The last time I remember seeing them myself was about 50 years ago. Photo below from Baraboo, WI.

Phot by David Deano from the Wisconsin State Journal

Author: halffastcyclingclub

We are a group of friends who ride bikes. Some of us are fast, some of us are slow, all of us are half-fast. In 2018, one of us rode coast to coast across the US. It was so much fun, he's doing it again in 2022! If we meet Sal Paradise, we'll let you know.

6 thoughts on “Spring?”

  1. If you are near Baraboo, that’s near due West from where I am. I think the weather tends to travel across Lake MI from WI and IL and hit us. I really hope we don’t get blasted with “1-4”! Beautiful images to go with your post.

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    1. Just a bike ride away from Baraboo (about 50 miles). There and back makes for a long day. The official measure of the 1-4 inches came out as just over a foot. Much of it is already gone today. Thanks – walking in or after a big snowfall is the best; and the crabapples tend to be forgotten until they get some snow or hoarfrost on them and then they look great.

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  2. If it snowed that much in Nashville…it would shut the town down for a couple of weeks. One inch can shut down towns around here. It’s beautiful there!

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    1. We have a very conservative school superintendent right now. Schools are closed for forecasts this year, not actual weather events. Luckily, this storm happened on Saturday so he couldn’t close the schools in advance. It is now Monday morning and, while the snow isn’t gone, I can see grass in my front yard. By city policy, they don’t plow residential streets unless there are at least 3 inches on the roads. One inch where it never snows is a big deal.

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