Wednesday, March 9, 2011

No Snow Day - taking bets

Looking at the apocalyptic pattern of snow/rain/sleet/frogs/ice pellets/fire raining down on us for the next two weeks, it's hard to imagine No Snow Day. We need some sustained above zero/dry/sunny weather without follow up blizzards to melt the frozen land cover.

Normally, and by that I mean 6 out of 7 years, that I have lived in this area, I have had no snow in my garden by April. Really. I'm speaking about the city rather than the outlying areas but they follow shortly afterward. Last year was an anomolously early spring where it felt like Ottawa had been picked up and transported to Windsor but this year the reverse transplantation seems to be in the works. Compared to normal spring (see above for my assessment of normal*), my crystal (snow) ball is telling me that N.S.D. will be sometime in early April this year.

What exactly is No Snow Day? That's when, with the exception of giant parking lot mounds, there is no more snow on the ground. Often we'll get flurries later than that but they're quickly burnt off the ground by the long spring sun. So I'm taking bets.

If you are in the Ottawa area, leave a comment with the day you think that the snow will be gone and if you win, you will get the choice of either a hardcover copy of Rodale Organic Gardening Almanac & Pest-Control Primer, like new (bought second hand) or one of my two copies of Secrets of Plant Propagation, depending on your predilections. Remember, if only you play, you win :)



* I am sure that there was one or many or all springs previous to my moving to Ottawa that fall outside of what I consider normal. I am not disputing this only saying that I have photographic evidence of the last 5 years (on these blogs) and only one had significant snow on the ground in April. If you disagree, that's okay. IF you know better, you should enter the contest cause you'll most likely win! :-D

** Looking forward to more adventures in Rot? The next segment of The Story of Crumbs will be about crumbs (and dryer lint, and vacuum cleaner inards etc...)

13 comments:

Daphne said...

We already have our no snow day. The only piles left at all were the really big ones or the small one in constant shade.

Robin said...

Oh dear, I really feel for you. I'm in a mood because it is damp and it is going to rain!

Liz said...

I'm betting on April 4th, that gives about 3 weeks for the ground to warm up before I hopefully plant on the Easter long weekend! I started my garden that early last year and I want to repeat the experience!

Ottawa Gardener said...

Liz: That sounds like a good guess. And so far, you're the winner. We'll see if anyone wishes to go for the long shot and guess March? Anyone, I'll give you both books if you're right. Betting closes March 14...

TechChik said...

I'm going to be optomistic and guess March 30th. Maybe all this rain will wash the snow away... ;)

Carrie said...

I'm betting for March 26th, early I know, but I'm optimistic:)

Ottawa Gardener said...

I like all the optimism!

Roman said...

I'm going to say my birthday, April 6th.

Stittsville James said...

My guess is April 2nd.
Although, if my prediction is 2 weeks late, I wouldn't be too upset...

Ottawa Gardener said...

Roman: Here's wishing you a snow free birthday. Bets close tomorrow. I think this is going to be a neck and neck race.

Mimi said...

I say April 5

magda said...

June.
I hope.
:)

Ottawa Gardener said...

I think April 6th has it though some yards may have been free of snow beforehand. Late year this year!