Just under three months ago, there had been a fire on the western side of the Tel, and we could still see signs of it. There was even a pocket that still smelled awful, as if the fire had just been a few days ago.
Thank G-d there was a nice covering of greenery. Granted that in a better, wetter year it would have looked like this two and a half months ago, but at lease we've had some rain. Also, this year winter will be longer, at least on the calendar. There will be two months of Adar, and G-d willing G-d will give us lots of rain.
Here's a picture from Rosh Chodesh Tevet.