I’ve already mentioned the amazing amount of snow that’s hit places like Redfield, NY, some 40 miles from us. For Utica, this winter is proving to be one of bizarre extremes. January turned out to be the warmest on record and over 4 degrees warmer than usual. In fact, I was running comfortably outside in shorts in the early-mid part of the month. Then, it turned bitterly cold and February greeted us with amazing amounts of snow. Barely two weeks into the month, Utica smashed the all-time monthly snow fall record, set in January 1890 at 59 inches, with a total of 63.1 inches. The 30 days up to that point accumulated a total of 81.4 inches, with 97.1 for the season. Although it is likely that we will top out our seasonal total above the average, we probably won’t hit the all-time season total (nearly 200 inches). Each month by itself would be notable enough, but the January/February contrast is what is so striking.
Pictures tell the story a little better:
Here is a shot from the deck on the side of our house on January 4. Note the complete absence of snow. My training log shows that a couple of days later I went for a run with a couple friends and it was in the upper 50’s around 9:00 AM.
Here is a reverse shot, standing in the woods looking back at the deck (this was taken a couple of summers ago when it was completed).
Now here’s pretty much the same shot taken this past Sunday. Notice the subtle differences.
It is worth noting that the snow had already been removed from the roof of the little extension a couple of weeks ago and that the deck railings are about 40 inches high.