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Okay. Uncle. (Or Dawn Complains about the Weather, Part Godonlyknowswhat)

The (Cyber) Bag of Weasels

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

Okay. Uncle. (Or Dawn Complains about the Weather, Part Godonlyknowswhat)

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It has been pouring rain all weekend, miserable and nasty. Throughout it all, my refrain has been, "At least it's not snow!" Lol. *cry*

About 45 minutes ago, Bobby and I left to go to the gym. It was pouring rain with a little sleet mixed in. The temperature was 38F/3C. Forty-five minutes later, this is our front yard.

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Yes, the grass is again completely covered, as are the roads, since no one saw this coming and the roads were not treated.

We bought pansies yesterday while at Bowman's buying our chicks for this year.

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You can see that we've got about an inch (2.5 cm) of snow in just a little over a half-hour. ETA ... The National Weather Service had us at 1/2 inch max for the whole day. Lol. So Bobby sent them a Facebook message with his spotter number (we are both certified weather spotters) and our zip code, and they almost immediately revised their snowfall predictions for our area. Yay, Bobby! He is talking on Facebook now with our friends who live in Westminster and also got caught out in this mess.

And it is 33F/1C outside currently.

It was a hair-raising drive home, to say the least. We live at the top of a big hill, just a short jaunt down the street from the highest point in the county. When I give people directions, I say, "Keep driving uphill and when you're just about to the top, you're at our house." Our little Yaris is not equipped for driving up steep hills in the snow. We got stuck at the bottom of the hill after a freak freeze once since living here and had to walk home. Thankfully, we made it up the hill this time, although the Yaris, perhaps having had enough by the time we reached home, couldn't make it up the driveway, so we parked at the bottom.

Did I miss something? Are we skipping spring this year??

This post was originally posted on Dreamwidth and, using my Felagundish Elf magic, crossposted to LiveJournal. You can comment here or there!

  • I wish I were religious, I would go to the big basilica down the street and light a candle to pray that it does not snow on my birthday! (It was before! April 10!)
    • I know. Like when some of my Baptist colleagues start talking about "endtimes" and I'm like, nope, I think we can only blame ourselves for this.

      Did you all get snow this weekend?
      • No snow this weekend and it was high 50s yesterday. But today it is rainy, low 40s, and with a bitter wind.
        • Okay, I'm starting to feel picked on by Mother Nature! The last two snowfalls we had those to the north didn't get!

          Not that your weather sounds great either! I am glad you didn't get more snow.
  • I hear you. ARRRRGH. My poor crocuses have been *almost flowering* for like two weeks, waiting until it's safe to come out.

    We got snow last night/today, but at least it's mostly melted already. And it's supposed to be nice tomorrow!
    • Yep, we have green things poking out of the earth too that seem to be asking, "Is it okay yet??" We're also way behind in planting spring vegetables too.

      It's still snowing out! It looks like it's creeping up on 3 inches now. :^| *not amused* I think it's supposed to be nice here tomorrow too. It's been a cycle of schlepping either through snow or through mud.
      • Oh man, yeah, the garden. Normally I'd have the composter dug out and the main bed prepped by now... instead the ghosts of my frozen kale are still there, mournfully drooping over the chunks of frozen soil. :'(

        My mom in WV got a few inches, too!
        • Bobby got our spring veggies in the ground last week, thankfully. But I haven't turned the compost since year-before-last: Last year, I was having too much joint pain to do it. This year, every time I plan to do it, it snows!

          Bobby was telling me that the Carroll County Times recently ran an article about how far behind the local farmers are in getting tasks done because either there's snow on the ground or the ground is so muddy that the soil cannot be worked. I grouse about our woes but (just like with the stinkbug infestation a few years ago) really feel for them.

          We have about 4-5 inches so far with three more hours to go ... o.O
  • Oh geez. *sends spring eastward*
  • Oh, you poor things, how mean! *hugs* The spring weather is certainly broken this year. We had the hottest 20. March over here since the time weather is recorded; it was 20°C/68°F, though still with 3°C/37°F max at night. Yesterday, we had 22°C/72°F and I was outside, mowing the lawn area parts in shorts, T-Shirt and without socks... and sweating. This is summer temperatures for me (and we have as much when holidaying in Sweden...). But we're still having 1-3°C/33-37°F max at night, and the continuous temperature difference kills me. We're already battling mosquitos since the didn't die in the warm winter... it's really, really crazy, but I keep my fingers tightly crossed for you.
    • That was basically our weather two years ago, so you have my sympathies (and my summertime icon! :D) We barely got any snow, and we had high temperatures all winter and a very warm, very early spring. As a result, we had the same pest issues, and both plant pests and pet pests have been horrible. I'm miserable with our lack of spring, but that winter was really no better, and the loss of crops and misery of our pets because of the pests (especially the ticks, and Maryland is a major state for Lyme's disease too) made its effects much more far-reaching than this year's unseasonably cold/snowy winter will be.

      It is still snowing now, and I guess we have about 10-12 cm, and it is supposed to keep coming till midnight, which is still more than three hours away at this point. And this was utterly unexpected; we were supposed to have rain all weekend. Up until Bobby sent the National Weather Service a message this afternoon, they had us with a chance of snow but now more than 1 cm accumulation. Lol.

      Bobby has a theory that North America and Europe are swapping weather extremes due to dips in the jet stream. (I think that's it. If he happens by here, he can probably explain it better than me!) When your winters are super-cold, ours are warm and vice versa. In any case, I hope your weather normalizes too. *hugs back*
  • More snow?? o_O
    • Yep, we ended up with 7 inches/18 cm. Most of it has melted today, but the yard is still pretty much covered. We were actually under a winter storm warning from about 10 PM last night till 1 AM ... I asked, "How can we be under a winter storm warning in the spring??" :D
  • Yesterday morning (31 March) was wretched in Boston (grey, cold, windy, wintry mix) as the storm system moved up the coast, but not remotely as bad as what hit you. The storm must have turned out to sea. Bright and sunny today!
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