A winter storm warning?
How can that be?
I snapped the photo at right of my father's iris in bloom two weeks ago - and the other bud opened after that.
Today Massachusetts may get several inches of snow - wet heavy snow. At least that's what the forecasters are predicting. If the predictions come true it will be the largest snowfall recorded in October in our area.
While I'm not ready for winter - and convinced that any snow will soon vanish - that's not the half of it.
The problem is that the leaves are still on many trees - all the trees near me in fact.
The heavy wet snow that's forecast will be horrible for trees that are not made to carry the weight of snow on their leaves. Branches and trees will come down everywhere.
What a disaster! Trees have had a really tough time of it lately in our area - many have died or are dying from last year's drought, many fell during the hurricane/tropical storm that came through a month or two ago, and invasions of non-native pests like the Wooly Adelgid and the Longhorn Asian Beetle are taking a toll.
Climate change is a bear!