It started snowing around noon and has not stopped. We both keep saying how lovely the garden looks. And it does. It's the weather and there is nothing we can do but sit here and wait until it changes.
Lest we think we are somehow alone in our misery and complaining, the Washington Post had a front page weather story today, whose headline declared: 'It's the coldest and snowiest April on record near the Great Lakes, and residents are 'fuming'.
According to the WP story, "the average temperature in Madison so far this month of 31.1 degrees, is the coldest on record, and about 13 degrees below normal." As Mark said, it's not our imagination that it is unusually cold.
But my sister and other relatives live in Erie, PA and get this: That city "is within 1.5 inches of becoming the first big city (with a population of at least 100,000) to receive 200 inches of snow in a season. Accumulating snow is in the forecast on Thursday" for them. Frankly I would want to get that last little bit to break the record and then hope this year is an aberration and not the beginning of what climate change is going to bring us.
Richard Hawke of the Chicago Botanic Garden was going to be in town for a presentation tonight to the Wisconsin Hardy Plant Society on 30 years of plant evaluations at CBG. Hawke is always worth hearing so we are all hoping he can be rescheduled. Who would have believed his talk would get cancelled on April 18 by a serious snow storm?