Some background, the front of my house faces due South. And there is a big pine tree on the SW corner of my house (NW corner of the front yard). No other trees are in the yard aside from a very small redbud. There is a gentle consistent grade from my house (Higher) to the road (lower)
Earlier this week we got a small snowstorm that dumped about 3 inches of snow. It was a very ‘dry’ snow as I used a broom to ‘shovel’ the driveway. It got very cold after the snow, so I figured what was on the ground would turn icy and would not melt away until we had a thaw. It has been very cold since the snow storm, but it is warming up a little bit today
Looking out in my front yard, the snow on the entire west side of my yard is almost all gone, while the rest of the yard is still cover with snow. It receives no more sunshine than the rest of my yard. The only difference is the big pine tree at the northwest part of the yard.
Is that big pine tree reflecting that much more heat to see this big a difference in snow melt or is it some other phenomena. (I don’t think it is bird droppings from birds roosting in the tree).