Monitoring snow melt

With just five days since our last snow fall it’s been great to be able to watch mounds of snow melt away. The sand crane statue is perfect for monitoring snow melt … much more interesting than a common yardstick.

The last snowstorm, March 5th – hoping it really is our last – added another 7″ of snow on top of the drifts and piles built up this winter. Overall, the 67″ of snow that’s fallen during the winter of 2014-2015 on my south-central Connecticut gardens is not an unusual amount. During the 2013-2014 winter our snowfall total was about 66″. These two more recent winters brought much less than the 82″ of snowfall measured during the 2012-2013 winter.

I much prefer a snowy winter to one that’s just cold and gray. Snow gives the landscape a totally different look and brings such interesting highlights to shrubs and tree forms. Still, this winter the snow seems so much deeper. The bulk of it fell in about one month’s time and it’s been remarkably cold. February 2015 was the coldest on record in Connecticut, which prevented snow melt and allowed snow piles and drifts to grow and grow.

Snow piles and drifts were so deep by March 5 that my sand crane statue was nearly buried.

Sand crane statue barely showing above the snow.

Sand crane statue barely showing above the snow.

Now, five days later, its neck is completely exposed and its river rock body is showing enough to capture more of March’s warming sun.

snow finally melting around the snow crane statue

snow finally melting around the snow crane statue

Each day we get a bit closer to seeing bare ground. I suspect crocus and other spring-blooming bulbs are perched just below the surface ready to pounce into bloom as soon as the snow blanket melts away. Before long … just a few months from now … the same sand crane will be surrounded by greenery, blossoms, and buzzing insects.

Sand crane statue with balloon flowers

Sand crane statue with balloon flowers

And everything in my garden – myself included – will sigh, “Ahhhhh!”


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4 comments for “Monitoring snow melt

  1. March 10, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    I agree–the big difference in this winter was not the amount of snow but the lack of thawing at any point. We never did get a January thaw, not even in February!

    • March 11, 2015 at 6:43 am

      Let’s hope our March thaw continues … we all need to see some greenery growing!

  2. March 10, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    In Maine, we got a one-day January thaw. Blink and you missed it. After that, we also had the coldest February on record. I’ve been monitoring snow melt using the tarp-covered bench in my back garden. In mid-February, it was almost completely buried; now most of it is above ground. Yesterday, when a tarp blew off my firewood rack and into the woods, I had to venture off the shoveled paths and into the deep snow to retrieve it. It turned out the deep snow was only up to my knees.
    Given the insulating value of all that snow, I figure my plants are warming up nicely underneath and will burst into green glory at the first opportunity. Won’t that be a thrill!

    • March 11, 2015 at 6:46 am

      You need to get yourself snowshoes. It makes trips to the compost pile, shed, and woodpile so much easier! I ventured off to the shed yesterday without putting mine on and proceeded to break through the remaining snow … still up to my knees. Should have worn the snowshoes! Becoming more and more anxious to see growing plants by the day.

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