Last night it snowed. That, in itself, is not unusual for the second half of October. But normally we get flurries mixed with rain, and no accumulation. Yesterday a weather record for snow accumulation was broken. The official new record is 1.2 inches accumulation. The old record was “trace.” And unofficial reports coming in tell of as much as twice that accumulation.If you click on the photo, you can see that most of the trees have lost their leaves. This usually happens around this time, but normally it’s due to wind and rain, not the weight of snow. Here’s how this same hillside looked two days ago:
Yesterday the high temperature was 42F (5.5C). Last year it was 72F (22C). Going back the next three years, it was 61F, 56F, and 68F in 2007, 2006, and 2005, respectively. It makes you wonder what this winter will bring. In 1993 we got a foot of snow on October 31st, and that turned into the worst winter I ever lived through.
Of course, this is all child’s play compared to Buffalo’s October 2006 snowstorm, so I’m trying hard to keep things in perspective. I generally figure there will be one mild day the first week in November to get the final clean up done, and they are predicting temperatures in the sixties next week, so I’m hoping I will still get to plant the box of a hundred crocuses I bought. So I’m trying hard not to panic. But it is disconcerting.