While we are in the midst of what is forecast to be the biggest snowfall we have had yet this season, I thought I would take a look back to see what was going on in past years at this time.
I found that last year on January 29 we had already tapped maple trees and cooked our first batch of maple syrup.
And in January 2018 we had so much rain that we were concerned that our garlic crop was going to rot in the ground (it didn’t).
In contrast today’s storm total will end with probably between 6 and 8 inches of snow on the ground followed by a mass of bitter cold air by mid week. Over the last few days we took some additional measures to make sure we were ready for what may come.
Driving – As winter approached my husband had taken the van in and had new snow tires put on the rear, but since it is a rear-wheel drive vehicle we find that when the roads are slippery it is best to have extra weight in the back of the van to keep it from sliding. A couple of weeks ago my husband loaded up the back of the van with firewood to add extra weight and when he bought several bags of chicken feed this past week he left them in there as well. He also filled up the gas tank which adds quite a bit of weight in the rear. I am happy to report that he had no problems driving through today’s snow.
Firewood – We have be steadily using up our supply of firewood so before the snow came my husband wanted to cut up a couple of dead trees. Yesterday after he had them cut down and into logs I joined him at the farm and helped split the logs. Our wood supply has now been restocked.
Water Worries – With temperatures dropping well below freezing frozen pipes and broken water mains are always a concern.
- We filled up a couple of five gallon buckets with water and left them in the bath tub. We want to have this water on hand in case there is a water main break in our community. This water is not for cooking or drinking (those supplies kept separate)only flushing toilets.
- When the temperatures drop down into the teens at night we leave the water trickling at night to prevent pipes from freezing.
Fun – My husband charged the snowmobile battery – can you guess what he’ll be doing tomorrow.
How is the weather in your part of the world?