Epic snowstorm forecast for mountains, read the link on what must have been 10 different friends Facebook pages this week.
As an avid skier, there is probably no better phrase to hear, read, dream or drool over. But I would like to file a complaint about this current storm.
I live in Southwest Colorado because I like the sun almost as much as I like the snow. When my wife and I moved to Ithaca, N.Y., we were aware that the area can be gray in the winter. Yet, when one endures 24 days without ever seeing the sun, one tends to get a little cranky. Couple that with feet upon feet of snow, freezing rain, black ice, humidity and a chill that reaches ones bones, one quickly realizes why upstaters either: a) move; or b) wear the miserable weather like a badge of honor.
Unfortunately, this week tends to be reminiscent of upstate N.Y. weather and it probably couldnt happen, at least meteorologically, at a worse time. Cloudy skies blocked out the Geminid meteor shower, as well as Monday nights lunar eclipse. This combination of the lunar eclipse, the full moon and the winter solstice happening at the same time is so rare it hasnt occurred in 375 years. Hopefully in 1635, residents had a typical Southwest Colorado clear sky for their viewing pleasure.
Even if it is raining in December, it is nice to see the moisture. Our very dry and recently warm fall had the potential of stressing our trees and shrubs. If you feel that winter watering is necessary, you should follow these tips:
b Dont water if there is snow on the ground.
b Only water when the air temperature is above 40 degrees.
b Water once, or maybe twice, a month.
b Apply 10 gallons of water for every inch of the trees trunk diameter.
Lastly, I want to wish all of you happy holidays from Colorado State University Extension. For many, 2010 was a challenging year financially. Because Extension receives funding from both the state of Colorado and La Plata County, our budget has continued to take cuts. Our hope and expectation is that we will weather this storm and come out stronger. I truly believe that CSU Extension is a vital component to this community, and I recommend all of you to use our resources.
I also want to remind you all that there are many in this community less fortunate than others. Their status may be temporary or permanent it doesnt matter. Sometimes our neighbors need our help.
Narayanan Krishnan, from India, is one of those people who is dedicated to help others. He works with the homeless, feeding, bathing and caring for them. This holiday season I wish to leave you with some words from Mr. Krishnan: Everybody has 5.5 liters of blood. For me, everybody is same. What is the ultimate purpose of life? Its to give. See the joy of giving.
When that happens, I am sure the sky will clear for you, as well.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 382-6464. Darrin Parmenter is director and horticulture agent of the La Plata County Extension Office.