Friday, March 14, 2014
March is Warming & Snow Melt Month
Well, we also fondly call it the Mud-Month. When the snow melts and the sun shines, the frost comes out of the ground and makes our gravel roads mushy and squishy and ... in some spots, sink holes of mud.
At night it freezes into ruts.
And the process begins again the very next day.
This morning I took a quick trip down to the creek with Morris. We'd gone late yesterday afternoon, but the run off hadn't begun by 5pm.
Although the pastures had water running off from them.
I knew it wouldn't then, too many places where the water should run were clogged with ice and snow yet. The woods was still knee deep in the white stuff.
The view above is from this morning's walk. You can see the land. Where the X is, is right above the creek. You can see that the land is steep so it will take a lot to get the water running in the spot.
Being able to be present during the first 'run off' is pretty neat. I hope to catch it this year as I have in years past.
It takes a lot of watching and guess work, but mostly luck to catch the first melt and flash flood.
I was able to take a photo this morning of the little falls that had started my 'Creek Project' back in November.
Today it looked like this:
And here was the same spot on November 6th:
Well, the weather people said it would be warm and windy today. But the sun has gone behind clouds and the March winds are howling.
If it stays this overcast, the melt will hold off yet another few days.
Which would make me happy as I work for the next couple of days which are supposed to be rather cold.
Happy March Winds and Snow Melt!