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Spring Snow 02/04/2018

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By some point in February, the snow was knee-deep in a lot of places where one might want to walk. It was the season of pathways, which gets me to feeling a bit crazy and restricted: Walking strictly on pavement just doesn’t do it for me. So around that time I started an alternate tromping path through the back yard, in part so I could assess how much damage the rabbits were doing to the raspberry patch: a lot.

As March arrived, the snowfall eased off, and with a higher sun angle the melting could proceed. That month provided a good, gradual meltdown, allowing much of the water to go into the ground. Some years the paved path through the backyard has been an inch or two under water during the melt.

By late March I was starting to see biennials and perennials coming to life in the patches of bare ground: sorrel, mullein, Culver’s root. Then, a few days later, comfrey. Every morning, it seemed, the cardinals were issuing their piercing chirps at the very first light. Happiness: renewal.

Through much of March, there were enough clear skies to afford frequent sightings of planets: Jupiter, Mars and Saturn before dawn, Venus and, once, Mercury after sunset. Plus the waxing and now waning of Luna.

The weather at the moment of the Aries solar ingress was a harbinger: light snow, a light north wind, temperature at the freezing mark, solar radiance visible.


The return of snow came on the Full Moon of 31 March, which occurred locally a little while after sunrise, with Uranus exactly on the ascendant and water zoidion Cancer on the lower meridian. That is a sure astrological prescription for colder, wetter weather dominating the week ahead.


The back yard received about three inches of heavy, sticky snow, much of which melted under a day-and-a-half of sun that followed, though the temperature attained only a few degrees above freezing. Areas about an hour’s drive north received as much as eleven inches. There’s been a whole lotta grumbling going on: This is too much like an old-fashioned winter.

Today, tonight, tomorrow: more snow.

The week following the fourth-quarter Moon on the fifteenth looks no more to the liking of would-be gardeners: Venus at the lower meridian promises moisture, as a cluster of Luna, Mars, Saturn and Pluto rises in cold Capricorn.

It’s looking like we may have ourselves an April such as we had in 2013: very nearly eighteen inches of snow, more than in any of the previous four months. I remember some of the weirdness: reports of large flocks of migrating birds on the ground on whatever bare, south-facing slopes they could find.

Looking some more at the season chart, I suspect it will be a slow-warmup season, with little in the way of surges of heat around here before mid-June: New Moon on the thirteenth on the ascendant. Mid-April brings a New Moon conjunct Uranus, which is at the midpoint of upper meridian and ascendant — I take that as a signal for a late cold wave.

Some weather watchers look at the bigger picture of the Northern Hemisphere, and point to the continued warming of the Arctic region. Whatever cold air there is has to go somewhere.


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