Weather here has been a little different than usual. It is still dry in this part of the West but not all that cold.
After many weeks of freezing mornings, yesterday was the first morning colder than 20°f. I am old enough to remember that it has been minus
20° in late November. Some of the coldest weather I have ever seen was right about now.
Okay, that was somewhat unusual. I know that the average "coldest week" varies by location and years hit average only at times. Here, it is usually right after New Year's Day. This year, these recent days, it's not going down very low and despite blue skies and sunshine, it isn't going above freezing. I'd prefer not to see all that much sub-zero weather so, I guess I can be happy about the fall 2018 temperatures.
Snow cover is a little concerning. I can find a little on the ground a few hundred yards away because, although it hasn't been really cold and there has been plenty
of sunshine, the little skiff of snow that showed up a week or so ago, is still around in some shade. Mountains and hills look lovely, evergreen
and snowy white
. However, the Weather Service says that there is little snow higher compared to average years. At least, the ski resorts are opening. We will see about winter snow. Locally, summer drought but higher elevations have had good to very good snow pack, in the most recent years.
Make everything as simple as possible but not simpler. ~ Albert Einstein