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Sunday Mar 3 #


Snowed most of last night, so snow totals from this storm upped some more. Though it wasn't really a storm--it was just snow, and almost no wind. How can it be a storm without wind? More excellent Yowsa!, which I polished off in the early afternoon while some sunshine was striking through light cloud cover.

I checked the temperature after that. The forecast high was 15F, but when I checked it was only 2F. Maybe the measuring sticks were all badly off. On the other hand, maybe they were all right. In the sun, with no wind, and Yowsa!, maybe 2F just doesn't feel cold. It was -16F when I woke up, which I think is the coldest it's been this winter.

Then I headed up to ski, where once again very soft trails awaited. Very fine snow crystals were drifting down out of the thin air (no clouds) and sparkling in the sun. The usable part of the parking lot was jammed with overflow parked vehicles across the road, yet I only saw one person the whole time I was out. Probably the crowd was all headed in as I was heading out. It felt crisply cold but not bitterly cold and, again, the big helper with that was zero wind.

By the time I finished the sun was headed for the horizon and sinking fast, and ice fogs were forming up all around. Could be chilly tonight!

Saturday Mar 2 #


March and April are the snowiest months of the season here, and March wasted little time in getting down to business: about 6" - 8" of snow overnight, and snow was falling all day long up top. Excellent Yowsa! and pretty good skiing, too, if you like your trails soft and deep. Everything had been rolled, but nothing had firmed up by the time I was skiing, and then with the snow still arriving... The snow was pretty high in water content, so water planners must be happy.

Friday Mar 1 #


First day of March and not the first day of Spring or last day of Winter. Something in between, depending if the sun was out or if it was behind clouds. Skied, and then ran down into the Valley of Yellow Pine and back up and out via Haunted Forest.

Thursday Feb 28 #


A near repeat of yesterday, though with a few occasional snowflakes in the air for a measure of variation.

When I was finishing skiing, Dan and his group had just finished up, so I said hi, and congratulated Abi on her races this past weekend--new State Champion!

Saw John H while I was running (he was snow biking) and we chatted briefly, which was unusual. Normally John is constantly moving, and while he will always say hello, it's not often he will stop.

Wednesday Feb 27 #


Mildish but overcast after midday, which took a few degree out of the "mildish", and some good breeze completed the task and it all ended up feeling normal. Biked, skied and ran.

Tuesday Feb 26 #


Today it was truly seasonably mild--lots of sun, subdued breeze (only 40+ mph according to the sign on the interstate), and temps that hit at least 51F. I figure for late February anything into the upper 40s is good enough for "mild", so what we had today was even fashionably warm.

I went out on my bike again, this time for about an hour, and the whole ride was quite nice.

Ski conditions changed dramatically today, going from trails that were only just slightly softened yesterday to near spring conditions today. By late day many sunnier spots were getting crusty, though without any death ruts setting in yet. I cut it short and skied very conservatively, and then ran longer afterwards. Winter is unlikely to be done anytime soon, but today could make a person feel like it was about over.

With the high school and middle school seasons over now, trails were largely deserted today.

Monday Feb 25 #


Ventured out on the bike to run an errand. Out in my yard earlier, it had felt mild. On the bike on the open road, I was a little under dressed, but everything was fine except for my fingers--and they would have been fine were it not for cold breeze blowing in from down south. I told them they would just have to man up and that the ride wouldn't last forever in any event. They didn't man up so well and got cold instead.

Skied and ran after that. Skiing was good, with the snow only showing slight effects from the milder midday temps.

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