Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Weatherman Was Right!

Yesterday turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day -- perfect for getting my outside chores done in advance of the wintry conditions the weatherman was predicting for today. So I got all my windchimes taken down, the hammock rolled up and lawn chairs stored away in the shed. Mr. Johnson and I picked 2 buckets of apples and I dug up my bumper crop of carrots from the garden. OK Ol' Man Winter--let's see what you got!

Here's the thermometer on my deck at 1:30 this afternoon.

And for my friends and family in California and other warm and sunny locales, this video is for you!

So, the weatherman was right--we have gone from "awesome to awful" in the same weekend! Just for the record, this is not the earliest snowfall we've ever had in October. According to my nature diary, in 2006 we had snow flurries on October 11th. October is an interesting month as far as weather goes.....according to my diary we've also had tornado watches, severe thunderstorms and have used the air conditioner and furnace in the same week!

Now if you'll excuse me please, I have to go start the fireplace!


cindy said...

At 3:30pm my backyard is WHITE! I love MN!!! This keeps the riff raff out! Hot cocoa and a trashy novel fixes everything.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Brrrrrrrrrrr stoke the furnace and throw another log on the fire Ruthie. The cold weather was blowing in here all day. It is supposed to not warm up tomorrow. No snow for us though.

She sure is strange! said...

Good gravy!! We had snow at Halloween once in southcentral Oklahoma but usually here in northeast Texas its in the 80s. Bleck.

LOVE the sounds on your video, so soothing!


Anonymous said...

It certainly was a raw day, walking to and from church was an experience to say the least. We both wore our winter coats and gloves and they felt good. Snowed most of the day, was laying on the ground at 6 PM. The first and the last snows are the best, would you agree.


Mary said...


Well, I'll be dipped. Here we go again. Another winter in Minnesota!

I don't recall ever seeing snow in October in MD or DE. But your video is a blast from my past.

We went from Air Conditioning to Heat within 6 days here. But, I regret there's no snow in the forecast.

Stay warm and keep knitting!


Red said...

Aw Ruthie :( Grab an afghan and Mr. Johnson, a hot cocoa and a good book and snuggle up for the winter!

Can you blow some of that our way? It really needs to cool off around here.

Jayne said...

I got a chill just watching the video Ruthie. Our leaves are just now really starting to change. We do have a cold front coming in this week, but that means highs in the 50's!

RuthieJ said...

Hi Cindy,
Thankfully most of our snow melted--I hope yours does too! My fix is knitting & Netflix!

Hi Lisa,
I hope you got all your tender plants moved into a warm, safe place!

Hi Molly,
You guys can get some pretty nasty weather in Oklahoma too, right?
That chime you hear in the video is the only one I leave out year-round--it's too long to hang anywhere else and too heavy for me to lift!

Hi Mom,
I didn't spend much time outside at all except to refill the bird feeders. Even Sophie didn't want to go out!

Hi Mary,
At least this snow won't stick around and by mid-week temps will be back to normal. It's just a little preview of what's to come though.....

Hi Red,
Who needs Mr. Johnson when I have a dog and cat to cuddle with?? :-)

Hi Jayne,
We'll have 50's later this week too and that's normal for us this time of while you're shivering, we'll be saying "oh, isn't this nice, it's still above freezing!" Hope you stay warm. ;-)

Cindie U. said...

Wow...early snow...yuck.

We've got a 30% chance for snow flurries tonight...brrrr. I hate winter.

When I get old, I shall retire somewhere mild...SW Ohio ...ick.

Julie said...

UGH! I can't see the video! I'll have to watch from home. Guessing you're getting SNOW! Lucky you! We had a good freeze this morning, but no snow forecasted any where in the near future. Halloween is supposed to be in the 70's.

Mary C said...

Brr! I will say that winter in the "colder" places has its advantages, Ruthie. I was always able to find time to knit and crochet and read during the winter months when we lived in Colorado and New Mexico. Around here in California you don't get the chance to "hibernate." ;o)

Shellmo said...

I am coveting that great bird thermometer you have! And your weather is very similiar to Michigan - I can only imagine I'll see some snow this week!

RuthieJ said...

Hi Cindie,
I second that emotion (yuck!)
The snow is all gone, but it's still chilly -- had to drag the long johns out of the drawer to walk Sophie this afternoon. But we're supposed to be in the 60's again by Thursday, so that's some consolation.....

Yeah but Mary, who wants to hibernate when you have all those great birds out in California!! I'm afraid I wouldn't get much knitting done if I lived out there either.

Hi Shelley,
Are you in the UP? I think our weather is similar too without the lake-effect heavy snows.
P.S. I got my thermometer at Wild Birds Unlimited.

RuthieJ said...

Hi Julie,
Sorry, I totally missed your comment....
I wonder why you can't see the movie--did you get it at home?
After tomorrow, our weather's going to warm up again too--not 70's but at least no more snow in the forecast!

Meggie said...

HeyRuthie! Looks like that white stuff is headed my way to PA. While I have most of my "stuff" put away for winter, I haven't yet stacked the firewood onto the porch. Guess I have to put on the hoodie and work in the snow.

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Larry said...

It's amazing how quickly weather can change. I used to have a tornado watch but it spun around so fast that I wasn't able to tell time.