Wednesday, April 05, 2006

So much for spring ...

There’s something pathetic about posting these and saying “you can’t see it, but the air was thick with huge fat snowflakes”, but that’s precisely what I’m doing. It reminds me of the time a dear friend of mine returned from a trip to Iceland, and showed me picture after picture of nondescript grey, moonscape-like rock, with commentary like “this was supposed to be a Puffin, but it flew out of the way before I snapped the picture…”

(There was one picture with the bright orange toes of a couple of feet right on the edge; I presume those must have been the feet of a somewhat fatter-than-usual puffin — puffins, you see, fly with their neon-orange feet sticking straight out behind them, like this: as if they have faulty landing gear.)

Anyway here are the pictures that are supposed to be pictures of it snowing:


It’s weird that they came out looking like it was raining. It was (somewhat) above freezing, so the huge puffy snowflakes were melting on contact. So you’ll have to take my word for the puffy flakes. Maybe it’s why everything looks blurry. It was just my cell phone ..

Now, it’s scarcely unheard-of for it to snow in April in New England, though after teasing us this weekends shorts-weather it does seem awfully unsportsmanlike. After all these years you’d think I’d be used to that …

Notwithstanding, this has been the weirdest weather-year I can remember:

  • First we had monsoon season in October;
  • then we had one of the heaviest snowfalls of the year on Hallowe’en — the car took hours to dig out;
  • then in February it couldn’t make up its mind whether it wanted to be in the upper 60s or below freezing on the same day!

Throw in Katrina and the Hurricane season making it well into the Greek Alphabet and … Global Climate Change? You decide.

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