White Winter in January 2015

17. Winter 2015

On the 30th of January there was snow. On the 31st of January the snow was almost completely gone.

For me, those two sentences can sum up the winter of 2014-2015 in the Netherlands. I do not like the winter season and the less snow and ice the better if you ask me. This winter though up to now has been strange. There have been cold and windy days. There have been rainy and stormy days. There have even been relatively warm days.

The 2014-2015 winter has felt more like an extended fall season than anything else. When you walk outside in the greener parts with more trees and bushes some birds are there. Yet while some birds already tweet and whistle the earth is still cold and most of the trees have no leafs on them.

Maybe the seasons are following a new cycle. I have no answers. All I can do is think about how the seasons have changed over the last few years here. Summers invaded the fall which made September a relatively warm month. Sometimes winters had no snow or ice but still the spring started late.

Either way, for about 24 hours there was snow in an otherwise chilly winter.