Leap day snowstorm, changing seasons

As I sit here writing this, I am watching very light and sparse snowflakes fall from the sky.  Nice, pretty, almost enough to lull you into a false sense of peace before the real storm arrives later today and into the night.

In true New England fashion, and as I have said before, the weather is crazy.  Allow me to explain.  This past Sunday a friend of mine and myself went mountain biking in Auburn NH. The trails were pretty much dry, not even muddy.  A strange sight for NH in February, even if we were that far south.  It almost had a feel of November; there were leaves on the ground, but they weren’t frozen to the dirt. The ground itself was pretty much frozen, but places in the sun were completely thawed out and soft.  There was no mud out in the woods, and only a slight bit on the main road headed into the trails.

With that being said, it sure looks like the trails will be in a far different state come this weekend.  It is being predicted that we will see anywhere from 8″-12″ in the next 36 hours, making biking these trails pretty much impossible, but snowshoeing them should be nice.  By the weekend it will be right back into spring weather with temps near 50° and rain on Saturday.While this can be quite frustrating, it is also one of the things I truly love about living here in the Lakes Region of NH.  It is constantly changing, not only in appearance but by providing something new to experience.  Last weekend I was on my mountain bike, this weekend I will probably be taking Lyndi out on the snowmobile.  In a month or so you could probably be out in a canoe watching the river change into a place with birds and ducks returning and plants starting to grow again.  Colors will be changing from the dark greens of only the pine trees having needles to the reds of the budding trees and into the bright greens of fresh leaves and new growth.  Even the people change with the seasons.  We will soon be visited by friends and neighbors that haven’t been in the area for a few months, seasonal restaurants will open back up, and the lake will be filled with boats every weekend.  All in all, this is not a bad place to live at all, and certainly a great place to visit.  There is so much to do and see that I really can’t wait for the changing seasons. For now, I will just enjoy what today is bringing, and watch the snowflakes start to fall.  Before long it will all look different, all over again.

As February comes to a close…Fun Facts 2/27/12

Even though there are a few days left in the month, I think it is pretty safe to say this was a rather uneventful month as far as snow goes.  Looking at the monthly report on weather.com, I total up .28″ of precipitation.  That is not a lot of snow for February in NH. I think we had a little more in our neck of the woods, but I would guess it was probably about 2″ total of snow for us.

The forecast for the end of the week looks a lot more like winter around here, but by then it will be the beginning of March.  I guess the winter sports like skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling might get that last minute boost for the NH school vacation week, but not by much.  To do any snowmobiling still requires you to head hours north of Alton all the way to Pittsburg.  That is a 4 hour drive north, and the last town before Canada.

All in all, things still look a little like winter around here.  Spring is certainly trying, but it looks like winter might have a little fight left in it.  Just a little though.

Alton Bay ramp unsafe

I just got an Email from George Murphy with a pretty good photo.  It is said a picture is worth a thousand words.  Seems pretty accurate.

Thanks to George Murphy for the picture

I think it goes without saying that if you don’t need to be on the lake, at this point it’s probably best that you stay off.  This is right at the public launch point.