It’s been 19 days since the first snowfall as documented in my first post, and I was actually surprised (pretending it’s just a lack of surprise and not existential dread) at how unseasonably warm it was over the past few weeks. We got a very light dusting again I think three or four days ago, and it stayed on the ground for a while, but it is gone now.
My little old lady dog, the black one for those of you who keep track, is the best weatherlady–over the last few weeks she spent a lot of time in the late mornings and afternoons outside being solar-powered on the deck or in the dirt up against the outside brick of the wall that faces east and heats up in the sun, even when it was at single digit temperatures. She does not tolerate cold, wind, or wet unless absolutely necessary, but she seems to really like sniffing the fresh air and soaking up the rays, so her capriciousness can perhaps counterintuitively be used as a tool to very accurately gauge the weather.
For instance, today she looked like she wanted to lay on the deck for a bit, but she did not end up staying for more than a few minutes. Despite late mornings and afternoons still getting quite pleasantly one a sunny day, the temperatures have still been below the single digit line (for Celsius for reference 10 degrees C is 50F) more often than not, more and more hovering around just above freezing, and now it’s about every second or third day I’ll see it dip below freezing for at least part of the day.
Won’t be long now…