This is what my backyard looked like on February 3, 2015. The snow was at least two feet deep and it was bitterly cold, the high temperature that day was 21F (-6C) and the low was -6F (-21C).
This is what my yard looks like today:
A flock of migrating robins is browsing on my bare lawn!
I have lived here for over 25 years and the lawn has never been bare in February. The soonest the snow ever melted was mid-March (maybe twice), though it is usually mid-April when all the snow melts.
Note the post next to the tree (about 11 o’clock) in the above photo.
Here it is last year, same date: To date this winter, we have received very little snow. What few inches we did get ended in freezing rain, which froze into a thick layer of icy crust. Walking in the woods and shaded areas is very treacherous unless you’re wearing crampons.
Tomorrow, heavy rain is predicted with a high of 53F (11C) and a low of 46F (7C). Such a contrast from last year! Welcome to the winter that wasn’t.
How are things in your neck of the woods?