Never-ending winter?

This is the first day of spring — but we (in MN) are still in the grip of winter:  cold, windy, lots of unmelted snow and ice.  It will be a while before spring makes an appearance.

Last year at this time, the backyard looked like this:

The last remnants of snow were almost gone, and the pond in the background was mostly unfrozen.

The last remnants of snow were almost gone, and the pond in the background was mostly unfrozen.

This year, the backyard looks like this on the first day of spring

The bird bath is almost completely covered with snow, so it is probably about 3 feet deep.

The bird bath is almost completely covered with snow, so it is probably about 3 feet deep out there.

and the ice on the pond is buried in snow so it won’t be melting for a while (those are 5-6 foot cattails along the edge of the pond in the background).

This view is exactly 180 degrees from the one above, from the pond looking toward the backyard.

This view is exactly 180 degrees from the one above, from the pond looking toward the backyard (hidden by the yellowish willow).

In fact, the local meteorologist reports that this is just an “average” winter, snowfall-wise.  My hope is that the cold weather and deep frost line have killed off many of the insect pests, like Japanese beetles.

While it is “spring-like” with green-ness and blooming flowers in other parts of the northern hemisphere, the days are nevertheless getting longer and supposedly warmer (because of the longer days).  So…Canada keep your cold air up there, and let us warm up.

4 thoughts on “Never-ending winter?

  1. While I am among the minority here in MN, as one of the few that is glad to see an average or “normal” winter, I hadn’t even thought of the added benefit that this cold/snowy ending could help decrease the pest populations…I will keep my fingers crossed! Now, if cold and snow could kill those pesky Crabgrass seeds!

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