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Thursday, April 10, 2008

April Brings. . .



Snow! And more snow! And the forecast calls for more snow! This week is my spring break and it is very cold and snowy. Here in "Big Snow Country" in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, April is a month of extremes. The temperatures in April could have an 80 degree difference. One day, it could be -20 and the next day it could be 60. Not unheard of. We could get twenty inches of snow, or six inches of rain. The problem arises when the rain falls before the snow melts. Then we get flash floods. One year, the town down the way became an island because of the floods and they released the kids from school to go fill sandbags. Because of the aforementioned, April also brings mud. Not your run-of-the-mill-mud either. Filled-with-organic-matter, fecund, stinky mud. We just built a house last year and we don't have a yard yet, so we will have 23 acres of mud when the snow melts. Yipeeee! And it looks like a moat is forming down near the bottom of our driveway. I'm not sure "moat" is what we were shooting for when we put the culvert in. So, when April is over, we have mosquito-filled May to look forward to.

6 comments:

Unknown said...

wow. snow....i guess part of the beauty of spring is its wicked sense of humor. it's been hailing and pouring rain here (pdx, or) all week...so mud i understand, but snow. at least it's pretty when it falls.

StormyDesigns said...

Great read & pics but your submission permalink was wrong. You pasted in your blog feed url not the post permalink http://moonmystic-buriedinbeads.blogspot.com/2008/04/april-brings.html as it should be. Would you re-submit it please?

Liz Smith said...

Wow, and I thought New England weather was fickle! We have the wildly fluctuating schizo weather, but with your flooding and mud, you got us beat for sure! Good luck getting across the moat ;)

Serendipity Collections said...

Great snow pics - we on the mid-Atantic Coast hardly ever have snow in April (lots of rain, though!) LOL about your comment - mosquito-filled May! Hope June is better for ya!

Jana

A Keeper's Jackpot said...

I know what you mean! Ours has finally melted here, doesn't mean more won't come. I just hiked further Upstate in NY, where in the mountains there is still snow until Memorial Day sometimes, so I'm told.

Andrea said...

Great pics! We used to live in Traverse City, MI, so I understand the April extremes. Now we live in Southern Indiana where there are less extremes, but still lots of flooding.