The Return of Snow-Gauge Clif, the First Week of March 2021

Long-time readers of Notes from the Hinterlands will know what March brings to central Maine—the return of Snow-Gauge Clif.  Each week until the snow is gone, usually sometime the end of April, my husband, Clif, will venture forth with his trusty red yard stick to record the melt rate.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but by the time March rolls around, even Mainers who like winter—guilty as charged!—are ready for the snow to melt and for spring flowers to start blooming. But in northern New England, Winter is no hurry to make way for Spring.  We just have to wait. And wait. And wait some more.

So without further ado, here is Snow-Gauge Clif, measuring the snow the first week of March 2021.  When this picture was taken, it was raining, and there was about a foot of snow on the ground.

Here is Clif in the front yard.

And then in the backyard.

We always hope the snow will be gone by April 22, which just happens to be our youngest daughter’s birthday.

  • Although I am confirmed homebody, this time of year my thoughts turn to places that are warm and free of snow. “Island in the Sun,” by Weezer, exactly captures my longing to escape March in Maine. (As I write, the rain has stopped, an Arctic wind is blowing, and the temperature, with the wind chill, approaches 20 below zero. And that’s Fahrenheit, friends. Plus we have lost our power.)

54 thoughts on “The Return of Snow-Gauge Clif, the First Week of March 2021”

      1. For sure. It’s kind of like winter never really even came until February, and even then no major dumps like we usually have. Very strange.

  1. We’ve lost power twice so far today! I hope that’s all.The house got down to 50° inside; didn’t have time to get back up to normal when poof, gone again. Hope you two are having better luck!

  2. We don’t get snow where I live and, as it is summer, today was 38 degrees C. We have had no water for three days now and very little rain for six years. What we do have – for a change! – is power. I can imagine how much you are longing for the snow to melt and the rain to stop and for spring flowers to appear. I have had my second swim of the day to both cool off and freshen up – what a strange world we all live in 🙂

  3. Losing power is the very worst — I hope it returns soon. I imagine you Mainers have wood-burning fireplaces and gazillions of blankets, but minus-20 is COLD! Take care, Laurie!

  4. Always good to see Snow Gauge Clif out there measuring in the snow. Hope you don’t have too many power cuts. 🤞🤞

  5. I keep looking out to see if I can tell how much has melted and if it’s significant. So far, I’m not impressed. 🙂 We started the day at 8° with wind chill of -20. Wicked cold and windy all day here. Island in the sun sounds pretty darn good to me right about now.

  6. One of my brothers has the same birthday as your April daughter. I hope his snow is gone by then, too, but he’s in Wisconsin, so who knows?

  7. I think this year especially we all need the change that Spring brings! We have had a few days of frosty nights but sunny mild days – until today that is when normal service has been resumed with grey skies and chilly drizzle. I hope you thaw continues apace and that your power comes back on soon.

      1. Relieved to hear that. It is no joke being without especially as it affects your heating, water and cooking – without those cold weather is miserable.

  8. After our recent experience with cold and power loss, I felt immediate sympathy for you. Then, I remembered you’re Mainer’s, and prepared in a way this Texan, with her all-electric apartment — can’t be. Without any gas, a wood-burning stove, or a generator, I’m more than glad that the cold and snow are gone for a while!

    I got such a kick out of Clif’s photos last year. I hope your melt is steady, but slow enough to not cause problems. Do you every have flooding up there with a fast melt?

    1. So true! We have a wood furnace and a decent supply of wood, which means we can stay warm. But even in Maine, living in an all-electric apartment presents challenges when the power goes out. Hope those terrible storms are behind you. Yes, the rivers sometimes flood in the spring when the ice goes out. We do not live by a river, so there are no immediate threats to us. However, when my husband worked in Augusta by the Kennebec River, he had to keep an eye on the car when the water rose. Occasionally, he would have to move it before the parking lot flooded. Always something, isn’t there?

  9. He’s back again! Is that really another year flown past.
    I hope your power problems have resolved by now and you are warm and toasty again.

  10. Spring is on the way down here. Some tree in town already flowering.

    Nice video and music. I was not familiar with this group. One of the band members looks a bit like a young Jackson Browne.

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