Sunrise at 7:48 am, sunset at 8:10 pm for 12 hours 22 minutes of daylight. We’re gaining a pretty steady 6 minutes 43 seconds a day, and it’s actually above freezing today! Paved roads are wet over asphalt or wet over ice over asphalt–driving on the latter being like driving on a wet ice rink. Gravel roads are still covered with packed snow. I hope it stays warm enough to get the paved roads clear of ice, but it can stay cold a bit longer for the gravel.

The snow is still here but the level is sinking. Mostly due to compaction–there’s no melting to speak of on the ground. Buried dark objects are starting to melt out a little, though. The snow stake shows only about 20 ” on the ground, and the wind spinner, the one that accumulated all that snow, bent over and was buried earlier in the winter, popped up yesterday and is again spinning whenever we get a breeze.Snow is beginning to melt and drip off roofs, sometimes leaving interesting open laceworks behind. That’s trees and sky showing through gaps in the ice just above the shingles on the porch roof at Wolf Run.

It’ll be weeks before I can plant anything outdoors, but the first seed order arrived today. Beets, lettuce, wax beans… Think I’ll set up the fluorescent lights!