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Keith Wilson
03-05-2013, 03:22 PM
I really would like to be able to eat lunch on the deck sometime soon, but it looks kind of unlikely. Why do I live here, again?


http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3dd24b3127ccef2df78a86b4e00000030O00BYsmzNu4aMQ e3nwE/cC/f%3D0/ls%3D00104873621020130305201633907.JPG/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

hokiefan
03-05-2013, 03:25 PM
I really would like to be able to eat lunch on the deck sometime soon, but it looks kind of unlikely. Why do I live here, again?




Probably one of those silly job things...

Snowing here too, but it doesn't look like that!!

Cheers,

Bobby

David W Pratt
03-05-2013, 03:27 PM
Well, you could have a Sno-Cone for desert

Concordia 33
03-05-2013, 03:29 PM
You tolerate the winters because you look forward to the mosquitoes in spring? :)

Aren't they the State Bird of Minnesota? :)

Keith Wilson
03-05-2013, 03:32 PM
Aren't they the State Bird of Minnesota?Yes. As they say, if there were any more of 'em, they'd have to be smaller. They don't really come out until summer, though. OTOH, spring lasts about three days.

(Any minute now Flying Orca will show up and laugh at those southern wimps.)

S.V. Airlie
03-05-2013, 03:48 PM
What the heck are you gnattering about? A little snow, a few insects...big deal.:)

Meli
03-05-2013, 04:06 PM
Scoop out a space in the middle and build a igloo with a deck:D

beautiful photo BTW

TomF
03-05-2013, 05:01 PM
It's melting here. Grey-brown gritty crud that makes it a joy to walk the dog and clean up her footprints all through the house after.

Only a few more snowfalls till Spring. And the sap will be running soon in the sugarbush.

Peerie Maa
03-05-2013, 05:10 PM
Cant do snow, how about snow drops?
http://i408.photobucket.com/albums/pp164/peerie_maa/DSC02783_zps28b5fb66.jpg

Rich Jones
03-05-2013, 05:11 PM
Still about 2' of snow in the woods around my house. Great logging weather. I've got a crew taking down about twenty trees for firewood. Just want to open up the woods a bit.
Going to be about 40F here tomorrow, so I'll go enjoy some warm skiing.

M. J. Notigan
03-05-2013, 05:35 PM
I really would like to be able to eat lunch on the deck sometime soon, but it looks kind of unlikely. Why do I live here, again?


http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3dd24b3127ccef2df78a86b4e00000030O00BYsmzNu4aMQ e3nwE/cC/f%3D0/ls%3D00104873621020130305201633907.JPG/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/


Keith, I see on the US Army Corp of Engineers Navigation Information Connection website that my old USCG river tender Scioto has left Keokuk, Iowa for the opening season of river work. She's now down at the Melvin Price Locks at St Louis and will be turning northbound, working on setting the buoys.

On 1 March, the Scioto and the Wyaconda, out of Dubuque, Iowa, begin the Upper Mississippi River buoy season. On the NIC website, I am not seeing any vessel movement in the Wyaconda's area of operations. So, the question is, besides that pile of snow on your porch, is the Mississippi still iced in?

In my time on the river, the first 2 weeks of March were brutal, even down below Keokuk. After about the 15th, things began to moderate. Here in the Philadelphia area we are expecting about 5-7 inches of the white stuff. Stay warm up there. Mother Nature will turn on the heat in due time....
Take Care,
Mike

alvin greenwood
03-05-2013, 05:54 PM
mowed the yard yesterday but its raining today

bogdog
03-05-2013, 05:55 PM
I like the snow in Minnesota, makes it easier to see the ticks, Minnesota's state terrestrial arthropod.

Tom Montgomery
03-05-2013, 05:59 PM
This winter Louisville has yet to have a snow accumulation enough to completely cover the grass.

That will change tonight. The rain changed to snow about 90 minutes ago and is forecasted to accumulate 2" to 3" over night. The morning commute should be a mess.

Gerarddm
03-05-2013, 06:17 PM
On the cusp of spring here. Only snow up in the Cascades and Olympics. Yesterday was bright sun and mid-50s F.

PhaseLockedLoop
03-05-2013, 06:18 PM
...if there were any more of 'em, they'd have to be smaller.

I actually laughed out loud.

How about black flies? You got 'em?

S.V. Airlie
03-05-2013, 07:05 PM
Here, it snows at least 2", maybe a bit more mostly every day. Never amounts to much, just a whit layer to hide the yellow spots.

Keith Wilson
03-05-2013, 07:38 PM
How about black flies? You got 'em?Up north, not where I live. The season's not long, though. Nothing like in Canada.

Bill Staines singing the famous blackfly song:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=A40lPXDaEm4

Paul Girouard
03-05-2013, 11:15 PM
I cut my grass for the second time this weekend , grow-in at a nice clip now. In a month it will be grow-in to a cut it every 7 day clip!

Nicholas Carey
03-05-2013, 11:19 PM
Up here the great PNW...I had to scrape ice off my windshield just once this winter :D Snow cover up in the high country, tho, isn't really what it should be, so a hotter than usual summer could cause problems water-wise.

Nanoose
03-05-2013, 11:52 PM
Ah, yes . . . the neighbour DID mow his lawn yesterday for the second time this year. ;)

Curtism
03-06-2013, 06:10 AM
Why do I live here, again?

You'ns get things like lightning bugs and hardwoods that bloom certain times of the year. Indian summers. Fall colors are a nice feature too, as is that nice soft grass that makes you want to take off your shoes . . . all attributes that are easy to lose sight of by winters end, obviously.

Oh, and a particularly notable feature that seems regional to the Twin Cities are exceedingly courteous drivers. I've never seen an interstate system at rush hour that actually functioned as if traffic flow in heavy conditions was specifically planned for, and actually worked.

hokiefan
03-06-2013, 06:53 AM
You'ns get things like lightning bugs and hardwoods that bloom certain times of the year. Indian summers. Fall colors are a nice feature too, as is that nice soft grass that makes you want to take off your shoes . . . all attributes that are easy to lose sight of by winters end, obviously.

Oh, and a particularly notable feature that seems regional to the Twin Cities are exceedingly courteous drivers. I've never seen an interstate system at rush hour that actually functioned as if traffic flow in heavy conditions was specifically planned for, and actually worked.

And we get to walk on the beach on Christmas Eve in shorts and a T-shirt. Barefoot obviously, can even wade in the ocean...

Yeah, I'm missing it.

Cheers,

Bobby

note: Not every Christmas Eve, but only two years ago it happened for real :-)

skuthorp
03-06-2013, 07:00 AM
Except for a brief shower it's been hot and dry for two and a half months here. Dangerously so. The deck gets a lot of use, especially after dark. I could use a foot or so of snow right now.

PeterSibley
03-06-2013, 07:05 AM
I can send you a foot of water Jeff.

Keith Wilson
03-06-2013, 08:37 AM
Oh, I know why I live here, but this time of the year it almost doesn't seem worth the hassle. Fall - yeah, fall is sufficient by itself, really.

Ahhh, that's better.

http://saintpaulalmanac.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/fall-bjorn1101.jpg

bogdog
03-06-2013, 09:17 AM
Oh, I know why I live here, but this time of the year it almost doesn't seem worth the hassle. Fall - yeah, fall is sufficient by itself, really.

I heard on NPR one time that the Air National Guard in Minnesota flies Minnesotans, in C-130s, to big tent cities in Florida every March just to decompress. I don't know, it sounds like you guys have it pretty good.

PhaseLockedLoop
03-06-2013, 12:18 PM
Bill Staines singing the famous blackfly song...

I used to hear Jackie Washington sing that song at the Club 47 in Cambridge in '62 and '63. I was under the impression that he wrote it, but probably I just took the first-person story of the song as literally being Jackie.

He got beat up by Boston cops somewhere in that time frame, which cause a big to-do.

Curtism
03-07-2013, 03:57 AM
And we get to walk on the beach on Christmas Eve in shorts and a T-shirt. Barefoot obviously, can even wade in the ocean...

Yeah, I'm missing it.

Cheers,

Bobby

note: Not every Christmas Eve, but only two years ago it happened for real :-)

Yeah, there are certain trade-offs, no doubt. Almost all those things I mentioned earlier are non existent here but I did take a walk on the beach without having to wear a space suit a couple weeks ago. And if this wind lays down a little I may get out fishing next week.

Curtism
03-07-2013, 04:13 AM
Oh, I know why I live here, but this time of the year it almost doesn't seem worth the hassle. Fall - yeah, fall is sufficient by itself, really.

Ahhh, that's better.

That's what I'm talking about . . . we get brief smatterings of color on a few species here but nothing like that pic.

Hang in there though, we've just started seeing signs of spring. The oaks shook all their dead leaves and are filling in with fresh greenery. The robins are here, the crows are back and stashing bits of hot dogs and dinner rolls in the bird bath. And, instead of wild turkeys, we get herds of white ibis' aerating the yards this time of year.

Keith Wilson
03-07-2013, 01:51 PM
Highs above freezing for the next couple of days! Whoopee!! Winter's almost over, really. Only another month or so.