and I have pictures showing both of those, not to mention the Halloween "light dusting" three or four years ago which left us with a foot of snow and no apologies for the mess. Or two Thanksgivings back, we spent on our appointed roofs (rooves?) roof rake in one hand, shovel in the other, cleaning off a mountain of snow with the consistency of partially dried cement.
Or the infamous ice storm of '97 where it rained ice for a week, took off the top story of forest down six feet all over New England, and left many of us without power for 8 days or longer. Took us two days to clear our driveway so the line crews could get to the downed power lines in the woods.
First year in this house the temps went down to 0 at Christmas and stayed there until January.. Then it got REALLY cold, down to -20, all month. We were burning green oak chunks, and spent the evenings listening to it hiss in the stove as it dried out.
Define 'snow month' and get 15 responses, all of them accurate, all of them covering nearly every month except June July and August. Including the 8" dusting we had one early may, with sad eyed
jonquils blooming bravely through it.
"Well, " he says, leaning back, "at least that late it don't stay long" and he's right. But it's the fact of it. That, and you learn to never turn your back on winter, she's a mean bitch, hates to be ignored.
Those of you who don't live here, you are probably asking yourself, WHY ARE THEY STILL THERE? I wonder, too. But that's end of January talking. Come March and the first warm days with the wind pushing the warm fog up from the south, and the smell of mud instead of snow--well...then I'll remember why.