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cohan
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Still snowing.... we managed to travel around 120 km (to town, east, then home, then to work, west, and back; pics to come, but not tonight) today in spite of snowy roads (highways not too bad, but our gravel road is very deep.. unless the plow passes in the morning, doubt we will go to work tomorrow! (okay, today, technically...) More snow than forecast originally- which was max of 16cm over the two days? I think it must be more like 30, maybe more, on top of the snow from Sat- we may have had over 40/45 cm by now.. still not as much as some folks see, but finally worthy of those snowfall warnings (still in effect)  ;D

Snow piles in the yard are at least as high as last year's extremes- a few must be up to around 6 feet, many 3-4 ft and a couple of metres wide, and looks like we may have piles of snow in the shade melting well into May again... we shovelled several times yesterday and several times again today, and will have to again tomorrow...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Hoy
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You get some exercise then, Cohan!
I swept the yard yesterday and remowed the sand from last winters "glaciation". (Do you call the sand you use to make ice and snow less slippery anything particular?)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

cohan
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Too much exercise  ;D -- shovelling 2 or 3 times  a day for 4 days..lol  today we had to shovel my mother's roof also...
hopefully no more snow for a while.. still some paths to be done etc.. I always remember Jane's snow in Colorado- nothing like that, but our paths are starting to feel like tunnels, and our highest piles near the parking spot are near 7 feet/a couple metres high..
After today with a high of -6C and windy, the rest of the week is above freezing, with a couple days of 10C-- some things will be getting wet, though  where its pure snow it will not melt so fast...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Hoy
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When I was younger I actually liked shovelling snow :o
Nowadays I'm glad for every day without snow - except when it gets too frigid for my dear plants. Today it is 10 days since last frosty night, and we've had only 5 cold (-3.5C as the coldest) nights the last month. I shouldn't speak too loud about it however, lest I'll get a lesson ??? But the forecast says  +3 - +7C the next 10 days and some sun ;D

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

cohan
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Our days aren't so different- we have from +2 to +10C over the next week, with sun most of the time, but a night above freezing is something I would not expect- we have one surprising -1 night forecast, the rest are -6 or -9C... last night was -16C.. I remember -30 in March, growing up, and it was probably Fahrenheit!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Mark McD
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We had an unusually mild and virtually snowless January - Februrary, thought it was going to be a completely snowless winter, but finallt got a total of 14" snow on March 1-2.  Three mornings ago, it was 12 F (-11 C), and now we're back to exceptionally mild weather, a sunny 62 F today (17 C).    69 F (21 C).

While most of my yard is still covered with snow, a few spots of ground are bare and a dozen or so first blooms on Crocus chrysanthus hybrids are in bloom. Much to my surprise, lots of bees busy visiting the flowers.  In fact, a bit sad, there were more bees than open flowers, they were revisiting the same flowers over and over, as there aren't any other blooms to visit.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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RickR
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Some particularly wide petaled selections, there, Mark. 

Very inviting, indeed!

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

cohan
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Great to see those Mark!~ our high forecast for today was 5C/41F but that was for mainly cloudy, and its sunny, so I expect its warmer than that.. sun is strong now, so any exposed soil or dark protrusions are causing fast melting-- wont take down the 4-7foot mounds with any speed, but paths will start clearing etc... probably weeks of daily meltwater  nightly freezing into skating rinks over the driveway and paths ahead!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Hoy
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McDonough wrote:

We had an unusually mild and virtually snowless January - Februrary, thought it was going to be a completely snowless winter, but finallt got a total of 14" snow on March 1-2.  Three mornings ago, it was 12 F (-11 C), and now we're back to exceptionally mild weather, a sunny 62 F today (17 C).    69 F (21 C).

While most of my yard is still covered with snow, a few spots of ground are bare and a dozen or so first blooms on Crocus chrysanthus hybrids are in bloom. Much to my surprise, lots of bees busy visiting the flowers.  In fact, a bit sad, there were more bees than open flowers, they were revisiting the same flowers over and over, as there aren't any other blooms to visit.

21C?? That's about as hot as it ever become here!

I quited as a beekeeper some years ago and after that honeybees are rare in my garden. I remember that they used to have their first flight of the year at this time. Many had their last flight too as they didn't manage to get back to the hive in time for the night and froze to death during the night.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Schier
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Beautiful morning here, and was absolutely wonderful yesterday. Now there's a winter storm warning up on Environment Canada - I was going to say hard to believe, but no, it's not of course! It's only April 4, and it's Alberta...I guess I'll take in my seedlings that I have out sunning themselves on the porch steps. 

Faith S.   Gardening in central Alberta climate, from min. -44 c to max. 36+ C. ( not often! ) Avg. annual precip. ~ 48 cm  Altitude ~ 820 m. Have "frying pan gardens" up around the house, and also some woodland areas down the pa

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