03 March 2007

signs of spring

I haven't heard a robin singing or seen crocus growing...but I have seen signs that spring is coming to St. Petersburg. Yesterday the rooftops were covered by men with snow shovels. They were shovelling the melting snow off the rooftops and onto the sidewalk below (pay attention, pedestrians). We've had highs around 5C for the past two days. All the snow is melting. And, if the snow isn't shovelled off the roofs, it will melt and flood the buildings below. Hmmm...repair the roofs or employ masses of people to perform this dangerous task every year... You choose.

All last night the sound of heaps of snow and ice falling to the ground in a mighty whoosh could be heard. It wasn't the shovelers, it was just gravity pitching in. The drainpipes are melting, too. Many are as big around as a pasta pot. When enough meltage occurs, the ice falls with a might crack to the pavement below.

Spring is coming! Or, as a Russian friend said last night, "Mud season is here."

7 comments:

Lauri said...

Happy Mud season to you...

U.N. Mama said...

We were just talking today about St. Petersburg winters. We've been hit harder here than in St. Pete but yet it's mild compared to where it's "supposed" to be. ha Heard from our friends there- said it was milder than usual there too this year.

Anonymous said...

FL girl here..can't imagine! We only saw the Russian winter in APRIL...well, I suppose you all would not call it winter..but it sure was cold to us!!
Maybe the coming spring will bring good news to you!! I hope so...

Calico Sky said...

ooohhh!
Happy Mud Season! :)

votemom said...

so once all the snow is shoveled off the roof, do they go down then and clear the walkways?

kate said...

votemom, I think they'll just let the sidewalks melt. It won't take long...

UN Mama, we have had an incredibly mild winter. We really only had about five weeks of weather below freezing. And, it didn't get CLOSE to the temperatures we had last year. Even my kiddos said on groundhogs day that they hoped the groundhog saw his shadow because we hadn't really had winter yet.

Lea said...

Wow, that's pretty funny. I hope you have a lovely spring. I love spring. I think it is my favorite season, or at least it is in Jan, Feb or March:).