In December 2009 and January 2010, Toronto had roughly one-quarter of our usual snowfall. It looks like February is following the same trend. Anyone digging out in the U.S. or even the UK might be able to say where it went instead.
Now that’s all very well in one way. Our snow tires, for instance, are still stacked by the shed waiting for their trip to the garage.
But remember, snow is precipitation, or lack thereof.
If you’re a tree or shrub in Toronto, especially an evergreen, you’re probably developing a wicked thirst… and if not now, should things continue in the same dry vein, then certainly come spring thaw. The more tender perennials who need that fleecy white overcoat of snow for winter protection will be suffering, too. And cold, dry winds are more likely to freeze-dry the leaves of broad-leaf evergreens or juicy new growth on your rose bushes, resulting in greater winter kill.
So if you’re writing in your 10-year garden diary, note Toronto’s unusually dry Winter of 2009/10. We’ll see what that means when the world warms up. And I mean warm in a good way.