I recently discovered the existence of the U.S. Drought Monitor out of Lincoln, Nebraska, and they’ve officially confirmed what I already suspected: the hollow is suffering a drought. Our small pond shrank into a mere mud hole this past autumn. So all of this melting snow is a welcome relief. The springs are flowing like they haven’t for a long time. The snow is disappearing at a rapid clip due to the dramatic increase in temperatures. Right now it is 64 degrees Fahrenheit in the hollow. That is a staggering 80 degree warm-up from the 10th of February. Of course, there are casualties. This snowman is almost gone.