This winter has been unnaturally warm, sort of. A lot of the days have been warm but a lot of them have been bitter cold, too. The thing that stands out more, to me, though, is the lack of snow.
Right now, we’ve got some of the white stuff on the ground. Its been -10°C for the past few days and the snow has remained here in all of its crusty glory because of that – all 3 inches (8.62cm) of it. The sun was bright today and it looked like a more typical New Brunswick winter day, save for the missing metre of snowbank.
For most of this winter, though, we have had bare ground. For most of the time, its been warm enough to rain any time that something had to come out of the sky. Of course, it’d freeze the next day and be treacherous to walk on. And, the ground has been one soupy, muddy mess for the dog to track in, as well.
Its nice that we don’t have to wipe the dog’s feet every time she comes back in the house now.