Finally, finally, March is coming to an end. The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and at long last, the snow is beginning to melt. Once the snow starts going, it does so at an astonishing clip, and Snow-Gauge Clif is here to chronicle the progress.
Here he is in the front yard. I know. Still a lot of snow. But just you wait. By mid-April, it will be mostly gone.
Despite all the snow that still remains, progress has been made. The front roof is now clear.
And look at the driveway. No ice! Be still my trembling heart.
Now for the backyard, which gets more sun than the front does. There are actually bare patches here and there.
I’ve saved the best for last. Lo and behold. The patio is emerging.
Readers, next week be prepared for astonishment.
41 thoughts on “On the Verge of Spring with Snow-Gauge Clif”
Well, ‘snow gauge Clif’ is doing a grand job. We only have the poles on the way up to the ski station in winter around here – no cheerful man attached to them ☹
The advantages of living in Maine. 😉
Oh how I remember the joy of seeing the first patches of grass, and an ice free driveway! But in the NH Lakes, “ice out” is typically the LAST week of April… Hang in there!
It is thrill! Usually, ice is out mid-April in central Maine. This year, we shall see.
I remember well how (stupidly) shocked I was in our first NH winter to discover it was colder than mid-coast ME!
The ocean certainly mitigates cold and heat.
It’s 74 degrees this afternoon in the Philly burbs!
Wowsah! That is warm. Unusual for you this time of year?
Right, 10 or 15 degrees above normal. Temps will return to normal very soon.
The snow is really disappearing – might be gone by next week?
Probably not next week, but maybe by mid to late April. It all depends on how warm it
is and whether or not it rains.
Great to see snow gauge Clif is still doing a good job and lovely to see your cleared paths and roof… spring is on the way!
Spring is slowly, slowly coming.
yay! and may your spring be beautiful!
When Spring finally comes, she is indeed beautiful.
We’ve got several bare spots. I hope things melt well during the next week or two! Clif does his job with great expertise; you can tell that he has plenty of experience!
Thanks, Gayle. Yes, he does.
And can we now expect mud?
We certainly can. In many sunnier spots, the dreaded mud has arrived.
These warm days are really pushing things along, hurrah! I raked a bare area in front of the house today and found a crocus and some snow drops – yay! We’ve about 50% coverage to go, won’t be long now.
Yay is right! In our shady yard, I think we are at least three weeks away from being snow free, but we shall see. And Snow-Gauge Clif and I will keep you posted.
Pleased to see he’s found his gloves
We Mainers are often casual about wearing gloves. For me, it has to be either extremely cold, or I have to be outside for a long time.
How exciting to see the patio emerging and the snow melting! I hope things hurry along for you and that you’re out enjoying a snowless yard very soon!
As we live in the woods, we still have a few weeks to go. But it’s coming.
Be prepared for astonishment…that cracked me up, Laurie! I love your measuring photos. I’m so glad that March is behind you and that warmer spring weather is on the way.
Cliff does an excellent job 🙂
I’m bracing myself for astonishment
Stay tuned. 😉
Clif is doing a super job dear Laurie, so lovely to see a glimpse of patio! 🤗💖 xxx
Just you wait until this week with Snow-Gauge Clif. 😉
What’s all that white stuff? 🙂
Right? Because we live in the woods, that white stuff stays around far longer than it should. I doubt our yard will be clear until mid-April.
It must be like living in the Arctic! Brrrr….
It’s amazing how much more snow you guys have. Moisture for the hostas, right? 🙂
You bet! Speaking of hostas…do you save your eggshells to line the garden around your hostas? I have heard that egg shells help keep the slugs at bay, and I am planing to try them this year.
I have done that. It sure can’t hurt. I’ve also tried beer in a tuna can, and that is really a hoot. They like their beer. 🙂
I am glad to see the snow is slowly receding and the patio is nearly clear. I was reminded of my beer traps for snails by Judy’s comment (Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread). I had great success with my slug beer-traps but then was awakened one night by a lot of noise in my garden. A hedgehog had discovered the bloated and soporific slugs and had been gorging on them and drinking the beer. He/she was drunk and was careering round the garden and throwing the dishes about that had had the beer in. I was sure that beer wasn’t good for hedgehogs and didn’t use the traps often after that. I wonder what kind of hangover a hedgehog has!
The snow is m-e-l-t-i-n-g. Wait until you see tomorrow’s photos! What a story about the drunk hedgehog. Throwing dishes around! I bet you didn’t expect that. I can see why you didn’t use the traps after the drunken hedgehog incident, which actually sounds all too human.
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