Minnesota Farmer


A January Melt

Here it is January 26, and the temperature is almost 40 degrees.  That may be cold for some others, but for our part of southwestern Minnesota, it is wonderful.  We’ve had a few days lately where the temperatures were just below freezing with cloudy weather, but today the sun came out and snow started to melt.

Large areas of lawn are now snow free

The snow melting off of the roof was making a lot of noise coming down the spout from the rain gutter.  Anyplace with only a little snow is now free of snow.

Melt on the ice in our pond

Our pond got some welcome recharge as water covered the ice and infiltrated the snow.  I had placed a bubbler in the pond to keep up the oxygen level and with the warmer weather the open area has really grown.

Yes, we do have snow left.  Anyplace where snow had piled up over three inches deep is still covered and not likely to go away today, but less snow covering is welcome.  This January thaw has gotten everyone in a good mood.  Winter will not linger long now.

Michael

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