Well, not really — it’s just another storm. It added about 4.5 inches (12cm) of pelletized and powdered climate change to what was already on the ground. But this is the fifth major winter storm since the middle of February, with only a couple of brief thaws interspersed. And it’s going to get really cold tonight (far colder than in Scandinavia, I’ll bet), so it kind of feels like we’ve been teleported above the Arctic Circle.
First there was rain last night, when it was still fairly warm. It continued into this morning as the weather got colder and colder. Then the sleet started, and after that a few hours of snow. And it’s still getting colder.
Fortunately, there was almost no freezing rain in the mix, so the risk of losing our electric power is minimal. And we’re hardly snowbound; it just feels like it. This is supposed to be very early spring in these latitudes, with daffodils blooming and the forsythia budding. Instead we’ve had three weeks of unrelenting winter. It’s getting old.
The photo at the top of this post was taken just before dusk from the belvedere in the northeast gardens of Schloss Bodissey, next to the orangery and the topiary and just around the corner from the pergola. On the far left you can see one of Dymphna’s two Leyland cypresses (Cupressus × leylandii). Three others were pretty much destroyed by our nemesis, the white-tailed deer. The shrub (ha!) in the middle of the picture is a viburnum, and the evergreen is some sort of decorative holly.