Colorado snow joke

I woke up two days ago, smug about the hard freeze the night before (I read somewhere that a “hard freeze” is 28° or lower) because I’d had my sprinklers shut off several days earlier. Outside I heard a lot of noise, like big trucks or something. Somebody repairing burst pipes or broken sprinklers? Couldn’t figure out what it was until I looked out an hour later and noticed bundles of shingles piled on the roof behind me (they weren’t there before). This despite the 34° reading on the thermometer. They were little late to the neighborhood roofing party we’ve had going all summer, but that might not be a bad thing. My poor roofers worked on a 95° day.

A bit later, the sounds of lawnmowers in several directions. It was, after all, only October 10. The grass is still growing, although more slowly than in summer.

And then … snow. Silently falling as lawnmowers roared. Whither autumn? Still coming, or already gone? I really had to chuckle at how the morning had sounded.

Fortunately it didn’t snow for long. All the trees still have their leaves and a heavy snow now would do a lot of damage.

In the mountains, of course, ski resort operators are ecstatic. They’ve been getting snow for several days. Early Wednesday, westbound I-70 through the mountains was actually closed due to heavy snow and treacherous driving conditions.

Later that afternoon we got another freeze warning. I looked up, and it was snowing again.

And then it stopped again.

Yesterday, Thursday, it was still cold (around 40°) and cloudy. But no snow. Only the heavy sounds of shingles being delivered to the house across the street. There’s going to be a lot of hammering around here in the next week …

Today dawned bright and sunny, with a forecast for maybe the mid-60s. Hurray! Fall. At last.

Except we’re supposed to get 3-4 inches of snow Sunday. Sheesh.



Categories: Green

11 replies

  1. I love seasons. Long ago, we lived in Hawaii for 3 years. It can get down in the 50’s for lows in “winter” but it’s essentially pretty much the same all year. Even paradise can get boring! Amazing, huh? Besides, what with politics, sex and religion being prickly subjects, what else is there to talk about? Weather, that’s what. Have a good season, PT!

    • We didn’t have much in the way of seasons when I lived in Atlanta. So boring! (except for that one ice storm …) Am stocked up and ready for snow tonight, though I’m really worried about the trees. At the moment we have brilliant blue skies and sunshine, temp in the 50s, (and I can hear a couple of lawnmowers in the distance). Absolutely glorious … for as long as it lasts.

      Hope your autumn is also glorious.

“I cannot be an optimist but I am a prisoner of hope.” ~ Cornel West

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