Briefly, here are some notes about Novembers past:
2006 there was no snow and some ice on Nov. 23
2007 we had 34 degrees and the pond was still open on Nov. 25
2008 the pond was frozen over by Nov. 30
2009 we had rain and open water Nov. 30; pond frozen by Dec.15
2010 not much snow, still open water on Nov. 30
2011 10 in. snow on the ground, but some open water Nov. 30
2012 first two ponds solid but big pond still open on Nov. 28
2013 pond was still open on Nov. 25, but very cold temperatures
2014 Open water until Nov. 29, and had 12" snow on 28th.
As for snow - here are some pictures taken around Christmas each year since 2002:
Certainly we've had some years with far less snow than others, but all of the above proves to me that this is a freaky year. Click on the photos if you want to enjoy seeing snow. I'd say we're at least a month behind schedule. Someone said to me today we may still be dealing with snow and cold in May to make up for this.
I received this message from Joe's Ponder Barbara Pollack in Arizona today:
I thought you'd be interested to know that for the past few days it has been warmer in West Danville, Vermont than in Tucson, Arizona. Today at noon, Arizona time, it is 47 degrees in West Danville, and 43 degrees in Tucson!
Our friend, Michael in Alaska sent this message today:
Here we still have real winter, but not too much snow—but everything is solidly white. Daylight is pretty slim these days—around 5 ½ hours from sun up to sun down; but only a short time when the sun is up above the trees.