This is what our white Christmas looked like.
A few gleams of sun poked hazily through sometimes, but mostly the gloom continued.
The weather station kept predicting -16 C temperatures, and according to their records, they were getting it. But here it stayed above freezing, even at night, and the warm wind continued to blow. One morning there was a frost.
One morning, however, was gorgeous. It was the first time I had seen the mountains clearly for weeks.
People have wished me an easy winter, and it certainly has some advantages – less wood-splitting, and less cost to plough the road. But the lack of snow, especially on a cloudy, moonless night, makes everything excessively dark. The ice and dreariness is boring. Someone pointed out that this area is in a rain shadow and normally fairly dry, and this is true, but this is excessive. Since last June, which was a rainy month, we have had a total of 8″ fluffy snow falling in 3 lots – I have no idea how much rain that makes, but very little I would guess – and two small periods of rain that I am sure total less than half an inch. This is scary. If we do not get snow, the runoff in the spring will be pitiful. Not only will there be water shortages, but also there will be a serious risk of fire. If the forecast can be believed, it is supposed to get a little cooler and sunnier, which at least will be something, but snow is what we need.
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