80 inches, Enough Already!

This may be slightly premature considering the unpredictable nature of New England weather, but I hope our final snowfall total rests at the 80 inches we’ve had so far this snow season. We track such things and, over coffee this morning, we added all the snow that’s fallen on our south-central Connecticut land this winter season.

Though not technically winter, the first snow fell November 7-8, 2012. It totaled 5”. Between this and the 12” that fell on December 29, we measured a few small snowfalls … all expected and absolutely part of a normal Connecticut winter.

A few more small storms dropped miniscule amounts before the blizzard of 2013, which dropped 36” of snow on us … what one son called a ‘crapload’ … and even more on other sections of Connecticut.

Most of the blizzard snow had melted. Even the plowed and shoveled piles were almost gone. Then yesterday morning we awoke to 10” of heavy, wet snow that continued most of the day.


When it finally stopped snowing late yesterday afternoon our total was 17”. We are still cleaning up.

I’m ready for spring, but can still appreciate the beauty of the sun-drenched, fresh snow and a clear, blue winter sky that greeted us this morning.


I know, under all this snow, that perennials are ready to greet another growing season.


Spring may not pop as early this year as it did in 2012, when crocus were in bloom on March 24,


but spring is not far away.

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8 comments for “80 inches, Enough Already!

  1. March 9, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I’m tired of it all, but I have to say your snow pictures are lovely to look at, especially the red shed! Today there was major melting and mild temps. And promises of more.

    • March 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Laurrie, I’d like this to be the last snow of the season, also and I knew you would appreciate the red shed in the midst of the snow. Melting is good!

  2. Sue
    March 10, 2013 at 9:37 am

    In Wethersfield I didn’t get anywhere near that much-maybe 6-8″ alot of which melted yesterday. Fifties and blue sky today and an additional hour of daylight-at least we’re starting to head in the right direction.

    • March 11, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Sue, Sunday’s weather was wonderful and caused much snow melt here. I was able to do a small bit of winter pruning here and there where shrubs are accessible, but snow still covers nearly all parts of my property meaning real late winter gardening tasks will have to wait.

  3. March 11, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Here’s to a slow melt to avoid flooding and a nice warm-up. And, yes, no more massive storms. Cheers!

  4. March 11, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I’ve been listening to what I think of as the sound of spring arriving in my Maine garden — the steady drip-drip-drip of snow melting off the roof. Still snow on the ground here, too, but spring is in the air (and in the budding tree branches).

    • March 11, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      Jean, snow is melting here also. Spring birds are singing and yesterday my first crocus blooms opened. Spring is definitely in the air.

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