Climate change continues to show its effect, in the last 3 days we have had both out lowest temp this winter (-16) and our highest (+14). Normally February would provide temps into the range of -20 to -25 but this year it has been the warmest February on record with an average of just -2c. Starting to wonder if I need to increase the seating under the shade tree and move the fridge closer.......
Did have grass showing and the odd Snowdrop and Aconite starting to show last week but then they got covered up with a couple of inches of snow and overnight temps went down to -15 ! Really hope this is the last of winter, wood pile is almost empty and cabin fever is now epidemic.
I'm starting to think I have been transported back to England, over 7" of rain last month with some nearby locations getting half of that in the last couple of days! Forcast says we may get another 2 or 3 inches before it clears up and warms up to a high of 50f and thats after we get friggin morning snow flurries early in the week. Guess the sunny near 70f days in early April were sent just to make us get all the gardening stuff out before its time....... Think I will hold off on putting those tomatos out for a few weeks yet!
I see that the first post in this thread was me complaining about the heat last year and now a year and a half later I am going to do the same again but this time in September fer crist sakes! A couple of weeks ago some places not too far away had frost, not unheard of here at this time of year but normally more towards the end of October and now we are getting temps in the 30s (80s for those that still think in fareniteies) with humidex pushing 40c. 2 or 3 more days like this forecast then back to more normal temps but out west they have been getting snow and that could come our way soon enough. Guess its time to start thinking about putting garden stuff away and digging out stuff I like using even less but right now its too damned hot to even think about actually doing so, thinking about it is tough enough!
Well winter has arrived overnight, couple of inches of SNOW covering the car and everything else out there this morning with thermometer saying -12c when I got up (at 5am). Thats kind of early for that volume / temps here but they have been getting clobbered out west so had to get our share sooner or later. NOT realy ready for it but at least I hung the snowblower on the tractor last week when warm (+10) and sunny, usually do it too late in conditions like today BUT refuse to USE it this early but will wait for things to melt next week (hopefully)!
We had our first snow of winter here today in NW England. I woke up about 10 am and went down to make breakfast. The sky suddenly went near black and fine hail started swirling around in the wind. The sort of stuff that could abrade one's skin. Next thing, proper big snowflakes for about 20 minutes. Didn't stick though.
More is on the way for the weekend. Better not chance going out on the bike then. Kanuck will now laugh at us lily-livered Limeys with our worrying prediction of 1-2 inches of snow: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42272554