Thursday, March 13, 2014

March in Montana

Montana weather at this time of year is fickle. Well, really, weather in Montana at any time of year is fickle! The old adage, "if you don't like the weather, wait ten minutes" is very applicable, especially here in Bozeman. It also leads to some scary moments in spring when hail storms pop up out of nowhere! But in March, it means you never really know what to expect. 50 degrees and snow melting, or another foot of snow on the ground.

Over the weekend we had weather in the 40's and 50's, but it was overcast and dreary. On Monday we had rain, that sometime in the afternoon turned into heavy snow, and by Tuesday morning there was close to a foot of snow in the driveway. Yesterday was sunny and gorgeous - if you cleared the snow, the sidewalks were clear and dry within a few hours.

We went for a walk on Peet's Hill yesterday afternoon, the sun was setting, the temperature was perfect, the birds were singing, you could just detect the smell of plants and trees growing, and yet we were walking on packed down snow, and in a few spots big piles of unpacked snow. Today I see even more snow melting and dripping from the roof. I just hope the patch of ground that will become the foundation of my greenhouse clears up soon!

Here are a few photos I snapped on Tuesday morning. In the last one you can just make out droplets of water as they fall, this stuff was already melting by 8 am when I took the pictures!

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