Today we woke up to several inches of snow. Not the light and fluffy kind; the slippery, sloppy kind. On top of that, it’s also raining. We knew that we would get some snow; after all, it’s nearly offically winter.
So, as I always do each morning, I suited up and put on my old weather-proof Sorels and headed out to the backyard with kibble and water. Scooter, one of our outdoorsie cats, was waiting on the middle shelf of our “feeding station.” In weather like this, we always put up a strong sheet of plexiglass on the open side, leaving a space for our “frequent feeders” to get in and eat. He gave me one of those looks that said, ‘well, it’s about TIME!”
Once I made my rounds; the garage and the “under porch” area where we leave out food, water and boxes of thick blankets, I slogged back into the house. The snow had turned to rain, which means that the snow will probably be gone by the end of the day.
Well, that’s New England for you. Despite the weather reports and the *Farmers’ Almanac, we pretty much know what’s going to happen weather-wise. It isn’t at all unusual to have snow in June some years and hot weather in January some years. Around these parts, the old saying is true: “if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” Likely in that minute, the weather will change.
*From Wikipedia: Farmers’ Almanac is an annual North American periodical that has been in continuous publication since 1818. Published by Geiger of Lewiston, Maine, the Farmers’ Almanacprovides long-range weather predictions for both the U.S. and Canada, informative and quirky articles, tips, and valuable calendars, and information on everything from the best days to garden, fish, view planets and meteor showers, and take vacations, to full moon dates and lore, and ways to use natural remedies and life hacks for a healthier, less-stressful life.
Each new year’s edition is released at the end of August of the previous year and contains 16 months of weather predictions broken into 7 zones for the continental US as well as seasonal weather maps for the winter and summer ahead.
In addition to the U.S. version, there is a Canadian Farmers’ Almanac and a Promotional Version that is sold to businesses as a marketing and public relations tool.