I think the thermometer climbed all the way up to 17 degrees today, but the wind was blowing, so I’m not sure our “feels-like” temperature reached double digits. I had plans to spend my entire workday inside tucked safely under my heated blanket, but the sun beaming down on unspoiled snow beckoned. Still, until I had a Special Request from Jody, I had resisted the urge. But then, out I went.
I think in all we only ended up with somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 inches of accumulation, but it was hard to tell with all the drifting. There are a few places in the yard where the grass pokes through – barely, and you should also keep in mind that I stopped mowing just before the Labor Day weekend! – and there were also places that were easily hip-deep. Lake effect snow is a funny thing, coming in intense bands separated by bright, clear sky. Yesterday Traverse City got hammered, but it seemed focused on the western half of town. We only got about an inch. Last night we got another inch or so. But this morning, the winds dried up, and so did the snow. For about four or five hours we almost needed our sunglasses on inside.
Here’s to you, Jody: Thanks for the nudge to get off my tuckus and get out there. Peanut gallery, I hope you enjoy our snow from afar 🙂