In a typical year with spring just days away, the enchanting scent of fresh-cut grass might be wafting through neighborhoods as lawns are primped and residents break out bicycles and barbecues.
This is not a typical year.
In fact, record-breaking snowfall since Feb. 3 has weather watchers measuring the accumulation in feet rather than inches. Yes, feet.
Climatologist Cliff Harris said a record-shattering 62.9 inches of snow has fallen at his central Coeur d’Alene weather station since early February. That’s a mind- and toes-numbing 5.24 feet. Normal snowfall for all of February and March is 18.2 inches.
Harris said the 19 inches of snow still on the ground Tuesday is a record for the date and a far cry from one year ago.
“Last year, I mowed my lawn on March 12,” he said. “We’re setting one record after another.”
The 3.8 inches of snow recorded Tuesday is the most ever for the date, surpassing 2.4 inches that fell on March 12, 1922, Harris said.
Since the snow started to fly with fury on Feb. 3, there have been 24 days of measurable snowfall.
“I can’t find another period during that late winter stretch with over 14 days of snow,” Harris said.
On the brighter side, Harris said a high pressure ridge will move into the area next week, pushing temperatures into the mid-50s by the first day of spring March 20.
Then maybe numbed minds (and toes) can finally thaw out.