Where’s my snow cover? Your pal, Old Man Winter brought my gardens the perfect blanket of snow earlier in December. Then the two of you collaborated to drop the temperatures to below freezing at night and the 30’s during the day – just right for keeping the gardens covered in a comforter of snow. I breathed a sigh of relief … this was good … less concern over heaving.
Did you and the old man have a spat? Is that why our outdoor temperatures rose to the 50’s … melted our snow? Now the gardens are exposed and temperatures have tanked back to below freezing levels … with no snow blanket. I know, I know … every time it snows people complain about slippery roads and sidewalks. But this is New England – even here in the most southern reaches we still think of ours as the land of winter white, heavy snow, not seeing the ground from December (and sometimes November) through March or April. Our flora expect their roots to be covered with thick white blanket. Maybe it’s my imagination, but my shrubs seem to shiver when you yank back their comforter cover with too warm temps.
You managed to deliver snow to much of the rest of the country … even as far south as Texas, and trust me, people down there are not as enamored of your white magic as we are up north. Some southerners get downright indignant when you spread your winter-white gift their way.
So how about re-gifting some of your white stuff up here? Are you punishing us for spewing too much carbon dioxide into your air? Is this your way of sending humans to time-out?
You down south – don’t get too cozy growing all those tropical, warm weather plants! And, you northerners – don’t take my winter generosity for granted; sometimes I feel like giving the west some snow and other times I prefer scooting more eastward! But I’ll keep all of you off track, and maybe only give the far northeasterners snow and leave southern New England wanting. Oh yeah, and don’t get too cozy in the mid-Atlantic states – surprise – I’m giving southern New England’s snow to you!
Perhaps you, Mother Dear, are simply trying to drive home the adage if you don’t like the weather in New England, wait a minute. If so, you’ve made your point. On December 15, we had highs in the 40’s but temperatures quickly dropped to the 20’s in just a few short hours. Already in December we’ve had days worth of bitter cold (expected) followed by days of spring-like warmth (not expected), soon followed by more days of bitter cold. Can you just make up your mind which season we’re in? You brought us too much rain in the spring and early summer, and kept us cold well into June. July was good – I’ll give you that – and August was not too bad. But you brought cold nights early in September, which made us all think our fall would be chilly. You even delivered our first snow on October 15. But then, just to keep us off guard, you held our first hard frost until the beginning of December.
My hubby reminded me that we need deeply frozen ground to cut back on our underground root-eating creature population, so I guess your current weather mood is not all bad. This week’s worth of below freezing temperatures – without snow cover – will certainly freeze the ground deeply, so thanks for this. But after few days of this cold, wouldn’t it be a nice addition to cover our frozen ground with a fresh blanket of snow?
You are once again teasing us with a southern moisture front that all your earth-born predictors think will skirt up the east coast. But will it stay close to land or swoosh out over the Atlantic? You, Mommy Dearest, are the only one who knows. So I urge you; look at the calendar …. it’s December … the I’m-dreaming-of-a-white season. Don’t pay attention to all the complainers out there … this is New England, and it’s time for snow.