Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The long climb out

Last weekend's thaw is to be followed by one today, with an 80% chance of rain. Awesome. With six to eight more weeks of winter more or less guaranteed, you wouldn't think one day of cold rain would matter so much, but it does. The rain helps compact the snow, and when the cold returns, you can often then walk pretty much anywhere in the woods without snowshoes, at least in the mornings.

That makes for exercise for men and dogz, which makes for a much happier Mick.

This time of year the jet stream is starting to move north, taking the "standing wave" system that bulges Canadian arctic air down into Maine with it. As the wave moves north, the amount of time we spend in arctic air masses is less, and the amount of time in warmer Atlantic and southerly continental air is greater.

We still get storms, and generally even more storms in March than in February, but we also get more temperatures out of the 10s and 20s, and into the 30s and 40s (Farenheit).

Just in time for lambs. Watch this space to see pictures of this year's offspring.

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