Today is Palm Sunday—a moveable celebration which always falls the Sunday before Easter—and commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. When I was a kid the church we attended decorated our familiar sanctuary with countless large, feathery palm fronds, which I loved because they gave the place an exotic, tropical look. It's a mystery to me where they acquired those fronds—if they were actual palm fronds, or oversized frond-like blades taken from some other strange plant. But they were huge natural leaves of some sort, and brilliant green, which contributed to the overall striking appearance…especially on years when the ground outside was white with snow.
Yes, I remember plenty of snowy Palm Sundays, and quite a few snowy Easters, too. So the fact that it snowed today is not surprising…plus it didn't snow all that much. Maybe a couple of inches. Frankly, we were expecting considerably more.
Yesterday morning the prediction was for several inches, starting soon after sundown and continuing through the night. The storm front apparently stalled or slowed, because the weather folks kept backing off on the forecast and timeline all day. By nightfall we'd gone from 90% to a 60% chance of some snow before morning. But when morning arrived here, the ground was still brown and dry. Flakes didn't start falling until late, almost noon.
Now the word is a 90% chance of snow tonight, 3-7 inches accumulation, 80% tomorrow, 1-3 inches, and snow in insignificant amounts in the 30-40 % range day and night thereafter until Thursday.
I say bring it on, whatever remains in the storehouse. Myladylove would enjoy a snow day off from work. Let's just get all this snow business over with.
Maybe then we can have some bird-singin', bee-buzzin', flower-bloomin' spring!