Based on popular folklore, there are a number of ways to ensure that rain comes, but mainly this is by washing your car.  That didn’t work last spring and summer, so hay was scarce and unusually expensive.  Most farmers who had cattle sold enough cattle to get through the coming winter.  Now the coming winter has arrived and is half-way past.  Through December and January, the temperatures were warmer than usual, and the pastures continued to grow cool-season grass at a low rate.  Fresh grass through the winter has a lot of nutritional benefit for livestock, so the cattle fared well.

Eventually the “real” winter arrived.  Flowers that grow from bulbs had begun to sprout.  By the end of January, there were daffodils that were 6″ tall, and later last week, there were daffodils with flower buds near the front steps.  Worry surfaced about how the flowers would be affected when an inevitable freeze arrived.  I thought about cutting the ones with buds to let those open in a vase.  But, by then, I was acclimated enough to the mild weather to forget about the worry.  When the freeze arrived, and we had single digits, I thought about the buds the next morning.  I clipped the solidly frozen daffodil-cicles and brought those inside.

There was another night of single digits, and the forecast grew from wintery mix to an accumulation of up to 1/2″, and the night before the precipitation was to arrive, it was bumped up to 1″.  What that means to people who live in this area who have some familiarity with forecasts and snow is that we are likely to have significantly more than 1″ of accumulation.  It could be anywhere from 2-4″ to 8″, and occasionally even more.  Since human nature allows us to become easily overconfident, this knowledge keeps us sufficiently aware to be prepared.

So, if washing your car is the best way to make it rain the next day, what is the best way to make it snow?

Sell your Expedition!

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