We didn’t expect snow. Well, maybe we knew there was a possibility (small possibility) of snow, but no one predicted it. The first I heard was an alert — at 7 this morning — from Alexa that we were in the middle of a snow alert with snow expected to continue throughout the day and all night. What?
Sure enough. Got up, opened the shade and it was snowing. Pretty hard. Not a blizzard, but not a dusting, either. We already had a couple of inches and it wasn’t even 8 in the morning yet. I slept for another hour and when I got up, not a big surprise I guess, but there was more snow — and it is still snowing.
It has been snowing steadily and with determination. It’s not sticking everywhere yet. It’s still above freezing, but the temperature is supposed to drop tonight. It will freeze solid before morning.
One of the more interesting side effects of climate change is the even greater inaccuracy of weather reports. The winds are no longer blowing the way they used to nor are the ocean currents flowing the same. On a more positive note, this is winter. Real winter. Cold, snowy, winter We needed it. If it never gets truly cold, the bugs won’t die and if the bugs don’t die in the winter, we are inundated with hordes of insects in the spring and summer. So let’s hear it for a cold winter, inconvenient though it is.