Odd Phenomenon Year.
This calendar year, we had huge mounds of snow on Christmas (we nearly never have that much snow at once, much less in December), we had late freezes and late snows into the spring, we had absolutely scorching summer weather for far, far too many days in a row, I have had elk in my yard (three times!) and now - right now - outside my window, blowing around in the hail and rain, are these enormous fluffy snowflakes! Before Halloween? Seriously? I don't think I have ever seen snow falling against a backdrop of autumn leaves. This is very weird.