The first snow has arrived; not just a few flakes but a near ground cover here. It was preceded by a very cold rain yesterday that nearly caused a major problem for me.
Yesterday morning, when I got up at 5:00, the temperature was +13 and it was still +12 when I went out to do chores. I had put on a long sleeved running shirt and just wore a light jacket when I went to do chores and by the time I got back into the house I had sweat enough to make the shirt quite damp so, in spite of the forecast that predicted rain and falling temperatures, I chose to change to a tee shirt for my Saturday run.
When I left the house for the run it was still +12C and cloudy; however, by run start it was +10 with light rain. By the end of the 10k run It was +6 and raining and my hands and feet were very cold. Perhaps a tee shirt, light jacket and running shorts were not a good idea? Anyway, I had difficulty getting my car unlocked as my thumbs were numb. By the time I drove across town to the gym for my shower my teeth were chattering and the cold had migrated from my hands and feet to most of the rest of my body. I had great difficulty getting my clothing off to get to the shower. I thought for a while I would have to wear my socks in the shower as my fingers and thumbs could not grip my socks to get them off. I did manage to get them off and spent extra time in the shower today to get warmed back up. I had forgotten that I could get so cold when it was still 6 degrees above freezing.
With the first snow happening overnight, I awoke to a near ground cover of snow with howling winds. I did my usual 2.5 k dog walk in spite of the new cold temperatures and winds but it was fairly pleasant as the sun was out and most of the walk was near the bottom of our ravines and in bush so the wind was more evident as noise in the trees than actual movement on the face.
During the last few weeks I have been seeing many, many small moths flitting about as I walked the dog. Either they would not land, or if they did land they would just disappear so I could not get an ID. This morning one landed in the snow where I could see it and it was cold enough that it did not leave until after I had several photos. Now I know that at least one of the moths is a Fall Cankerworm Moth (Alsophila pometaria).