So here we are at December 3rd. Usually at this point we’re starting to get some snow that will actually stay and everyone starts thinking holiday thoughts. Well, we’re ahead of schedule on the snow part, that is for certain.
If you recall from my November Snow post we got dumped on several times in November. That didn’t stop. The week of my birthday it also got really cold. For those of you who aren’t familiar with “really cold” let me put some numbers on that. It dropped to -28C (-18F) one night and temperatures below -20C were common that week.
The following week (last week actually) it got really warm; back up to freezing and it hovered around there for quite a while. We’ve had the gamut of precipitation, but the vast majority of it has been wet heavy snow. I went out snow shoeing again and I have some lovely pictures for you after a particularly sticky snow fall.
Here we have a picture of the homestead.
Clearing those solar panels has become a daily chore. Probably nine days out of ten I get up in the morning and have to scrape the snow off so we can get a measly few percentages added back into the batteries. With it snowing so much, obviously it’s been cloudy, which means you don’t get much solar power on those days. We’ve been running the generator regularly to keep the batteries topped up.
As we head up the hill, you can see lots of trees bent over with all of the weight of the snow on them.
For a brief second we had a small patch of blue sky. If I didn’t have a picture, no one would believe it.
The ongoing snow tunnel.
Everyone loves the picture with the spruce trees covered in gobs of wet snow.
For contrast, here’s a really big one. It’s not suffering as much.
Big white pine.
More snow tunnels.
This picture will give you some idea of how much snow has fallen here, based on the depth of the pile on the bench.
Some of the snow has melted with the warmer week, but we just seem to get more so I think it’s pretty much equalized. These next two pictures are from the area at the top of the hill where I did all the tree cutting this summer. We were supposed to do a big bonfire in November to clean it up, but with the rain and snow and other obligations we didn’t get to it. Hopefully we can do it before the end of March because after that daytime fire restrictions will apply.
Pour trees. I got a lot of snow down my neck shaking snow off trees like this.
Looking up at the sky.
Finally, the sun was trying to peak through the clouds. It never quite made it, but it was making an effort.
In case you think we must be sad and depressed about this, here is a picture of a happy Kat (Fizgig included as well).