Winter 2023: The Return of Snow-Gauge Clif

This is the time of year that longtime Hinterland readers all around the world have been looking forward to—the return of Snow-Gauge Clif. Beginning on March 1 and then on subsequent Mondays, Clif will be out there with his trusty snow gauge—really a yardstick—to record the rate of melting snow. (Even in Maine it eventually melts.) Clif will do this until the snow is gone, usually sometime in mid-April.

So here, on March 1, 2023, is Snow-Gauge Clif in the front yard.

And here he is in the backyard.

And here are few more snowy pictures. Last night, we had a storm that gave us about eight inches of light, fluffy snow. Easy to clean, pretty to look at.

First the backyard.

And then a picture of our house nestled in the snow by the edge of the woods.

In Maine, winter isn’t over yet. Not by a long shot.

58 thoughts on “Winter 2023: The Return of Snow-Gauge Clif”

  1. It looks beautiful there with that new snow! We received a dusting last night that is already melting this morning. The weather has been up and down here. March and early April could throw some surprises yet!

  2. Lovely snow pics! Your house looks so cozy nestled at the edge of the woods. It’ll be interesting to see how this year’s data, with our current climate instability, measures against previous years.

  3. It’s so beautiful, Laurie, and I have to say I’m delighted you’ve got it and not me — after all, you LOVE it while I truly don’t!!

  4. All the new fluffy snow adds magic to the woodlands. So what was the total in inches today? Still way below what we used to see… you’ll get no complaints from me about that!

    1. I think we got about 8 inches but because it was so light and fluffy it was easy to clean. Today’s snow is another matter. The snow is wet and heavy.

  5. You actually seem to not just accept, but appreciate, winter. It sure is beautiful. BTW, it’s 84 here today and my doggie had a lovely swim in the river. I’ll wait till May or June to join him. He has gone in the river all winter. Must be that thick furry coat.

  6. That sunlit snow is especially pretty. It’s good to see that you’ve gotten enough snow to measure. Light, fluffy, pretty snow always is a delight — or at least more of a delight than ice — and it’s fun to see Clif and his gauge out in the middle of it.

    1. Right you are! We are big fans of light and fluffy snow. Clean-up is a breeze. But wet and heavy snow, like we are getting together, is another matter.

  7. I love later winter snow, if it’s not too heavy or destructive. It’s always a shame when it arrives after the flowers and trees have started to flower or leaf out, especially when the temperatures also plummet.

    1. I know just what you mean. The snow featured on the post was light and fluffy and easy to clean. Today, however is a different matter. The snow is wet and heavy. I hope we don’t get too much.

  8. Oh, yay! Snow Gauge Clif! Lovely Photos, Laurie. Tell Clif he’d be out of a job if her lived in NJ this year. A dusting and a flurry were all we had so far.

  9. Hi, Laurie – We have had so much snow here recently that our yard photos could match yours — which is y unheard of for Vancouver Island (we are usually out planting our gardens at this time of year…or earlier). The good thing is it has just begun to rain so hopefully our snow will be gone soon. If ours lasts until mid-April I will surely have a melt-down! πŸ˜€

    1. It is exciting to begin the countdown. However, as it is snowing outside as I write this, I guess Winter is not quite ready to leave Maine.

  10. It is always a comfort to see Clif back in charge of the Snow Gauge for March! It gives us an idea of the depth of the snow falls in your part of the world. Your house looks lovely tucked into the snow.

    1. Oh, the wonders of blogging. I feel exactly the same way when I see pictures you have taken of zebras and elephants and other creatures that live in your part of the world.

  11. I love your snow pictures! We might get a bit more here but I doubt it. Seeing Cliff with his snow guage is a sure sign that spring is onm the way.

  12. I do hope that Clif and his trusty snow gauge get generous “repeat fees” for his regular appearances in your snowy posts πŸ™‚. We are facing the prospect of some snow here next week, but nothing like on the scale you are experiencing. Stay warm!

    1. Tee-hee! I don’t think Clif ever thought of repeat fees, and I’m not about to tell him. πŸ˜‰ Enjoy your snow. Snowing again in Maine, but this time it’s wet and heavy.

    1. We’ve already got six inches with another six inches forecasted. Biggest snowstorm of the season. March has certainly come in like a lion.

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