Sunday, October 25, 2020

October surprise

 Well, the winter weather that was predicted for Friday certainly materialized.

Thursday evening, the sun lit up trees against thickening clouds...

 ...then set in a modest blaze of glory.

Our barn cat took advantage of the last warm rays.

 On Friday, as predicted, it snowed. And snowed and snowed and snowed.

The willows in the yard, still in the process of losing their autumn leaves, didn't know what to think of this.

By evening, branches were laden with heavy wet snow. They looked like something out of a Hallmark card.

Darcy, however, thought it was about time snow fell for his personal amusement.

It snowed all day Friday, and Saturday morning revealed a landscape more like January than October. A bitterly cold north wind blew all day.

We're calling it our October Surprise with, I'm guessing, six or seven inches of snow.

Saturday was a good day to stay home and, er, admire the scenery.

Here's the view from the spare bedroom, located under the steep roof with low windows. Sun is shining through icicles.

 We took Darcy for his morning walk. He was ecstatic about the white stuff.

 But the poor bushes, still sporting their colorful autumn plumage, didn't know what hit them.


 Everywhere we went, bright leaves lay on top the snow -- an unusual sight.

We also saw lots of downed tree branches.

 It wasn't hard to guess why.

This morning the temperature was 11F, considerably warmer than the 1F they were predicting a few days ago.

And this is pretty much the end of the cold snap. From here on we're warming up in line with typical October weather.

Why, you may ask, did we have such a bizarre cold snap this early in the autumn? Why, it's 2020. Nuff said.


  1. The one thing I miss from my early life in Illinois is the snow. Here in north Texas we seldom get snow but rather ice and sleet. I do not like either of those.

  2. We are having a "cold snap" down here as well - down to 45, but we should still be well into the 70's for another three weeks or so. This will about finish out the summer garden.

  3. Next up in 2020’s deck of cards... ah, flammable snow. That’s nice...

    Jenny Doe

  4. Someone has to be Aunt Prudie - I find your 2020 meme disgusting. It's crude, rude and unnecessary - and lucky us you've run it twice. 2020 has been a difficult year to be sure but if you have health, some wealth, food on your table, love and a safe place to live a meme of thanks would be more appropriate.

  5. Your winter weather got to the Southern border country. Was 25 degrees last night, but no snow.
    Good grief, Aunt Prudie, Lighten Up.