When the sun is out the snow melts. That doesn't do anything to the 3.5 foot heap of snow and ice behind my garage, however, as that's the shady side. I need to go and see if the garage is staying dry, however.
The snow on the trees doesn't show up very well in a photograph.
I fiddled with my thermostat (it looks very non-techno inside like it was designed by a ten year old for a science fair in 1965) and turned it all the way up then all the way down, with no good results, but my landlord said turn it up and leave it that way for a bit before turning it down (tch, too impatient, Os), so I did and now at least it's off (I'm by far happier that way than at 75º).
It's not cold. This kind of melting-inch-by-inch is much better for the salmon than the zomg-warms-up-to-40-and-pours-with-rain-for-5-days type, which scours out the streambeds.
posted by - 1:00 PM
Those piles are resistant to melt anyway. They tend to end up as miserable pyramids of black frosted ice on grass ... but you must know that, having lived in frostier climes.
It's behind my car, as in, when I open up the garage door there's a wall. In Washington the usual thing is for temperatures to bound up to 45º and rain to come down for days, creating floods with the snowmelt and rain runoff. I'd like not to have a flooded garage. There's been some damage to the house but at least the roof has not collapsed (not uncommon in these parts when snow on the roof sucks up a few inches of rain).