Camera Clicks and Commentary from a Kansas Farm Wife
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Walkin' In a Winter Wonderfand
Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?
In the lane, snow is glistening ...
Walking in a winter wonderland.
Now wait just a minute! Shouldn't we be humming "Autumn Leaves" right about now?
The calendar says October, but it felt more like December for a little while on Sunday night and Monday morning.
The weird weather continues. We had another 0.90" of rain during the day on Sunday. Then huge, wet snowflakes began tumblingdown Sunday evening (October 14).
After another glum day, we were glad to see the sun come up on Monday morning. The Sunday rainfall brought our total to almost 13 inches of rain in just a little more than a week.
The snow didn't stick around for long. But it made for unusual photos since most of the leaves are still on the trees.
While I couldn't find records for Stafford County, the National Weather Service said Wichita's earliest measurable snowfall until this fall was 1888. On average, Wichita can expect its first measurable snowfall around December 2, with that chance increasing to 90 percent by January 1. Last year, we didn't get any snow at all here on the Stafford/Reno County line.
Jill's in-laws had given us homegrown pumpkins and gourds when we were in Manhattan for the K-State/Oklahoma State game.
Our Sunday night snowfall put a little "frost on the pumpkin" and seemed to confuse Oreo the cat.
The vine on our house had more icicles than it had fall-colored leaves.
The temperature is supposed to rebound this week. By week's end, we may push 70 degrees. I just hope it doesn't include any more rain. We are still drying out from the last round, and it's going to take awhile.
With milo to cut and more wheat to plant (or re-plant), we're not ready to "swing" totally into winter.