Last winter it began snowing here in Halmstad in November and they had 3 feet by the time it was done. Winter lasted for more than 4 months and people we have talked to were pretty sick of it. February is the month when Swedes usually go crazy and bop down to Thailand or Spain just to get the hell out of here.
This winter has been very different. It snowed once in January and once in February for a total of maybe 4 inches. Rain came over the weekend and started melting the snow and has turned everything into an ice rink. It is really slippery around here these last few days. Being in the very south of the country and comparing it to California (both around the same size and relatively long and narrow; Sweden is about 10,000 km larger in area), Halmstad would be somewhere south of LA. The lowest it got here was around 5 F. Up north there were many days of 20 below F, which is -30 C.
Anyway, in the post before last on All Heart’s Day we posted some nice snow shots. Six days later here is what it looks like:
A lot of the ice in the sea has melted as well.
But just so no one gets the impression that it is all sunshine and spring buds here, I found a dead hawk this morning.
The poor guy must have just flopped out of the sky and plopped right on the path running along the coast.
Our neighbor says that spring will be here in 2 or 3 weeks and the folks around here are loving the prospect.