Sunday, February 7, 2010

Snow Storm

Yesterday’s storm gave us about 4 inches of snow. We got three-quarters of an inch of rain during the day on Friday and then around 10:00, when things were beginning to change over to sleet, the low pressure area moved far enough north into Kentucky to include us in the Eye of the Storm, no precipitation zone. Our snow didn’t start until about 5:00 Saturday morning. Here’s an early Saturday look at the back of the house and barn from the field.

The woods from The Hill. There was a strong north wind and moderate snow at this point. The wind created a rapid vortex between my eye and glasses lens that had my eye watering so much I couldn’t tell what the picture was going to be like.

The snow covered trees show some interesting shapes across the mowed field. Some of the small trees in the field only collected snow on the trunks and bases of branches. The result is several trees that appear to be nothing more than totems.

I wonder if this picture conveys the cold I felt at the time. The wind speed was about 20 miles per hour and the snow was moving by horizontally. To make matters worse, I was still a little bit sweaty from cleaning the driveway and my stocking cap was trying to freeze to the back of my neck. I’m sure this scene will be much warmer when the clouds let some sunlight through.

The rain melted some of the ice on the pond, but when I went out last night to look for salamanders, I found that the sleet had formed a slushy layer that made it impossible to see into the water. I’m just not having much luck seeing salamanders this year.

1 comment:

  1. The landscape is so pretty, dusted in that powdered sugar! Sorry the slush has kept you from the salamanders.

    So, about those tomatoes: Mine petered out late summer last year, too, more than in other years. I blamed it on the blight going around. I'm intrigued about your July planting. So when do you start that batch of seeds? I presume indoors? Are these determinate or indeterminate plants? I've only grown the latter in the past.