So where's the snow?

Muddling through in Austria; God, life and a small black dog


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Blue November

We’ve been having a long spell of clear skies, frosty nights and wonderful days of walking. After the early morning mists roll away, it’s wonderful!

After the chaos of the snow and floods last year, this is a real blessing! Not to mention no damp, grey days that create gloom.

This is a new path we took near Mariapfarr. Hills in the distance, was a flock of Fieldfares cackling in the trees. The Vogelberries added a bit of colour.

I found a HEDGE! First one I’ve seen in the Lungau!


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November Days

November can be a pretty grotty month, this time last year, it was heavy wet snow.

This year, we’re blessed with high pressure, clear blue skies, frosty mornings, sometimes with fog until late morning. The sun slowly breaks through, throwing shadows in the mist.

 

Waking in the afternoons is a pure joy. The sun is still warm on one side, the other is cool in the crisp air. Underfoot is cold. In the woods is that autumnal smell of gently decaying leaves.

In pockets, there’s still frost, that might stay here until the spring.

The larches are flinging out their last colours.

There’s a wonder in the air, of the dying year, of crisp joy, a sense of treasuring this before the hardness of winter.

David Essex’s, ‘It was only a winter’s tale’ sometimes plays in my head at this time. Not of the lost love, but that feeling of autumn, cold and change that it brings.

 


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Winter Wonderland!

December 15th, St Margarethen, only -3!!!!


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A coooold spring!

Anyone else still having a hyperactive April with an added arctic blast?

 


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At last, a real winter!

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For the first time in about five years we have a really cold, dry, beautiful winter! We had snow soon after Christmas, and then  cold, regular temperatures of -14 to -18 at night and well into the day. Crispness underfoot. There’s a big cold blast and clear skies over us for most if the next week. Love it!

Only poor Swingle isn’t too happy, while she loves bombing around in the deep snow, when it gets to less than -7 or 8, her paws hurt and she waves one in the air. I have to warm her paw and clear between the pads. Its worse on the roads and where there’s salt. We’ve tried boots, she takes them off, we’ve tried a coat, she takes that off. So we go up the lane in the morning, where its just snow and the afternoons to warmer paths.

There’s perma-frost on the trees that are permanently in the shade, and in the mornings, ice crystals form in the air. The rivers are backing up with ice, Where we were walking this afternoon and there were waterfalls and flooded banks. Beautiful, but of course my iphone died, I’ll have to go back later in the week with my oldie……


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Snow Prediction!

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As I write on October 10th, we’re having a real heatwave, and Indian summer, wonderful after it rained here from the middle of August until the end of September. Spring here was mild, after another late snow, which came intensively for about six weeks then went. The whole summer has been cool and damp – my geraniums were so poor. Every time they bloomed it rained and the petals rotted. Now just look at them in the greenhouse, basking in the warmth and flowering like it’s June! The sycamores here are just doing their yellow thing and the larches aren’t far behind.

So my winter prediction?  An early arrival of snow that stays, but leaves early next spring. November will be crisp and bright, not dull and brown.  Lots of snow that equals the precipitation of this summer. And cold, lots of lovely dry deep cold and sunshine. A great skiing season, and for us snowshoeing, as I’ve really given up with the Cross country due to my nerves!

Ok, I lie, that’s what I would like! What I think will happen is snow will be late due to the warm temperatures. The ski resorts will panic like before and create snow. The snow is going to arrive but will be soggy. The temperatures will stay in warm region and we’ll have a late, sluggish spring!