It’s happening more often.
I don’t remember seeing hoarfrost
when I was a child growing up here.
There was much more snow then—
miles of snow fences kept it
from drifting onto the highways.
In the last five years,
we’ve seen snow,
but it doesn’t last as long
as long ago it did.
Now, even after a blizzard,
we seem to warm quickly
and that increases the likelihood
of hoarfrost.
Two nights ago we had about three inches
of snow.
Yesterday morning,
with some white patches remaining,
the temperature climbed
and fog moved in, shrouding
the morning for hours
and frozing on everything:
very beautiful,
tiny, fragile, white spikes
lacing tree limbs and fences.