Snow Job

I just ran across this image from late March 2011. It tells me two things.

First, today’s surprise snow storm is not uncommon for this time of year.

Second, as I have contended elsewhere, we are about 10 days behind our usual first-bloom date. The forsythia has not even begun to bloom yet here on March 25.

You probably know by now that there is a snow-hurricane setting up over the east. It is a super-storm of the intensity of Sandy, but smaller and hopefully out to sea at its worst. [You need to be current on this if you have family on the roads today–or at an airport up East.]

Were schools closed in time to keep the buses off Floyd County roads today? If so, yet another academic day missed. They’ll be making them up until what—Fourth of July?

One more thing:

[su_note note_color=”#bad5eb”]There are some very basic galleries now in place on the First Impressions website. I will be adding numbers to them, as well as adding many themed galleries in the coming days. Check back often![/su_note]

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. No way the forsythias would be that far along in EARLY March. And we’re working to warm things up so even JOE will be happy to be back in the Commonwarmth.