A local meteorologist has a contest every year to guess the date of the first one inch (or greater snowfall. I wonder if anyone chose November 17th this year? We not only got that inch, but several more to go with it. After measuring in several spots, I called it 5.1 inches for my CoCoRaHS entry. It’s not the earliest we have ever had snow in my area, but it’s the earliest we’ve had it in a long time. I used my antique Red Spot Paint & Varnish yardstick to make the measurement.
With the snow comes more Arctic air. The temperatures last night got down to 14°F here at our place. Hopefully the snow will protect what’s left in the garden, which is actually quite a bit. We still have kale, spinach, arugula, lettuce, carrots and turnips growing outside. Some are protected by a cold frame, but the rest are now covered in a blanket of snow. And I’ve got several flats of spinach seedlings in the greenhouse, waiting to go in one of the cold frame beds once it thaws out. The gardening season isn’t over here by a long shot, despite the weather.
It was a wet snow to begin with, and clung to the trees. It is pretty to look at, but so cold outside. Today’s high is forecast to only get up to 25°F. Which is why I calling this month Novembrrr!