Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Shhhhhh, Can You Hear It?

If you're really quiet you can actually hear the snow melting today.  You think I'm kidding?  I'm not.  The last few days have been unusually warm and spring-like for March, so the 18 or so inches of snow that piled up after the last storm are disappearing.  You can hear it dripping from rooftops.  On the grass, it makes more of a crunching sound as it falls in on itself.

In shady areas, it's melting more slowly.  The wood pile on the side of my garage, for example, doesn't get much sun until late in the day so it looks like this:

The walkway at the bottom of the porch steps, though, has been getting sun since about 7:30 this morning.  I sat on the steps for a while and actually watched the grass appear.  It was just a little slower than watching time lapse photography.  I took these pictures over the span of about an hour.  Look at the edge of the snow line.  You can see how it has melted from picture to picture.

I don't think the thermometer is entirely accurate because you have to take into account the heat that the pavers absorb from the sun.  They are quite warm to the touch (or to my shoeless feet) and that heat radiates upward.  Even so, I'd say it's definitely in the low 60's this afternoon.

If it gets any warmer, I may be tempted to flop out in a lounge chair and get a tan.

How is the weather in your neck of the woods?



Chicago Mom said...

Yes, you can hear the snow melt! Especially in my kitchen, where a drainpipe for the gutters runs right next to the window. Today a chunk of ice let loose and the loud metal swoosh of it scared the pants off me!

Cameron said...

it sounds hypnotic to listen to the snow melt, and extremely exciting at the thought of a beautiful spring and some sun!!!!!!!!!

here in L.A. the weather is sunny, windy, mild, the usual i have to say

hope you hav ea fabulous day!!!

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

Well, it looks like our months of off and on (mostly ON) rain are finally coming to an end! Today is sunny and about 65; the kids spent all morning outside, which was AWESOME.

L.B. said...

It's 58 degrees and sunny out here. It's deceiving to us since sunny here usually means warm but I've been chilly all day. It'll warm up to the mid-70s by the end of the week though so this "cold snap" won't last long :)

elvira pajarola said...

...I am so happy for you that SPRING arrives in your corner of the world too!!!!
Come over and let's hav a chat on the beach, cara Willoughby!!!
(would be sooooo nice!)
ciao ciao elvira

Me and My Pink Mixer said...

Woo Hoo - it's melting here in Va too. Bring on spring :)

Joanna Jenkins said...

It's IS getting warmer and you can actually see grass again!

Yeah Spring.


Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Wow it looks like spring is round the corner for sure!
Betty xx

Holly said...

We don;t have snow...but lots of fog and rain...if the temp here hits 65 in the summer we hit the beach. It is cold here right now too...40 in the am...that's cold for coastal California.

Life Laugh Latte said...

Yeah...I live about 45 min. from Holly (above). Had a 40 degree morning and a 70 degree afternoon when I took pup on a run through the hills. Lovely. Here comes Spring. Holly:)

ChristineM said...

It's been sunny and beautiful and in the 50s the past few days, but looks like rain is headed out way...which stinks. It's supposed to rain all weekend and Monday the guys are coming to fix our leaky basement...well, at least we'll be able to show them EXACTLY where the water's seeping in! LOL!

Tracie said...

It has started to warm up here, too. I am so happy to see the sun!

sanjeet said...

it sounds hypnotic to listen to the snow melt, and extremely exciting at the thought of a beautiful spring and some sun!!!!!!!!!

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