The big patterns of weather are what create the seasons here in the valley as elsewhere, from summer heat to winter cold and snow. But after the past six days I've been thinking more about how the details of weather events day-by-day make a very big difference.
We're now in the middle of a big melt, with heavy rain forecast tonight, after two days last week of heavy snow. From 2 feet plus of light powder snow we've dropped to a few inches of heavy wet packing snow as the snow subsides in on itself. The driveway and the roads are now bare. And it's not going to snow again anytime soon.
So the sequence and timing of these specific weather events like heavy snowfalls and sudden thaws makes all the difference in our actual experience of the seasons around here. Luckily, today the melt is continuing so the drive is now back to gravel, and the snow ridges will melt - but I don't know about the big ridge where the snow crashed onto our deck. If it freezes it won't likely get moved all winter!
Not getting out to do much photography, so I've dug into the archives. These tree pix were taken a year ago today, at our neighbours across the road.