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  • Several weeks ago, in February, it rained and rained *hard*. This is very strange for Vermont, where February is usually the time of subzero temperatures, deep snowpacks, and a blizzard or two. Instead the temperatures rose from February to April, summoning up torrents of rain, which beat the frozen rivers into high, surging rapids.

    Under my feet the ground threatened to thaw itself into mud or grass-ready earth.
  • On rivers and creeks huge sheets of ice broke up into white boulders, shouldered aside by the current to slowly melt on newly exposed banks.

    I stood on glacial rocks, stuck halfway into the rushing water, and listened to the torrent's booming and chuckling.
  • Then the weather veered halfway back to normal, with a gentle cold (never below zero), a touch of ice,and yet no more snow. I’m reminded of how one climate scientist said we shouldn’t use the phrase “global warming”, but “global weirding” instead.
  • Yesterday was nearly two weeks into March and birds are flying, are *singing*. Snow and ice have disappeared from the forest as exhalations of fog, and the landscape has opened wide, like spread arms.

    You can see, and walk on, last autumn’s leaves, damp with vanishing winter. The next mountain over shines umber through the bare trees , fall’s suspended materials paused just before spring presses play.
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