[NAFEX] So close....

Road's End Farm organic87 at frontiernet.net
Fri Feb 29 09:48:35 EST 2008

If we ever again get here what I used to think of as a "normal" winter, 
people are going to be screaming all over the place; they've mostly 
gotten used to what we used to call an "open" winter, that is, one with 
little or no snow on the ground most of the time.

The precipitation that I have expected to arrive as snow has been 
arriving as rain; not just this year, but in a number of recent years. 
We've had primarily rain, with a smaller amount of snow, in November, 
December, January, and February of this year so far (and not much of 
anything, in January). November used to be a tossup; December through 
February used to, most years, be snow covered except for a "January 
thaw" which would last a few days only.

I am, admittedly, going by my memory rather than by looking up weather 
records. My memory involves being outside in vineyards a lot in the 
winter, though.

While I don't mind not having to shovel, the snowpack we used to get 
had two major advantages: one, as it melted slowly in the spring, it 
filled up the groundwater supplies better (much of this winter's rain 
has fallen on ground at least partially frozen, and runs off downhill 
to the lake); two, it provided protection to lowgrowing perennials etc. 
by covering them, and some protection to trees by keeping the roots at 
a more consistent temperature.

Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly
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