The warm before the storm

(Jan 3 1:32 p.m.)

So it was a relatively warm day, the third day into the new year.  22°F.  Still cold, yes, but not bitter cold; walking outside wasn’t painful.  I still had the idea to put on gloves, since yesterday, due to the low humidity with the cold; a few fissures have formed on the back of some of my fingers.  (Some spots of blood.)

It seems the warmth contributed to how I slept for maybe 9 hours.  (Not that my memory or thinking is sharp.)

Thick ice on a railing. (Jan 3 1:56 p.m.)

It had been around zero Fahrenheit for days, and it shows.

(Jan 3 1:57 p.m.)

The icicles in this photo would be longer if we weren’t breaking them.  I spent some time removing ice and snow from tree branches hanging low due to frozen water weight; one branch around back was up to around head level after I was done with it.  The small porch tree also has its share of ice, as you can (partly) see above.

Branch debris. (Jan 3 1:50 p.m.)

A larger tree along the path had already lost enough ice and snow thru melting to be well over our heads.  The weather (and our own actions, moving branches out of the way) left a lot of small debris.

(Jan 2 11:54 a.m.)

Tuesday was still a cold, droopy Winter mess scene.

(Jan 3 1:51 p.m.)

Icicles had been forming all over the place; Wednesday, I found that some have dropped.

All this warmth, of course, isn’t going to last.  There is a winter storm approaching.  Meteorologists call what has been forming a “Bomb Cyclone.”  Much of the world is hot, while north America is cold.  There’s snow in Florida.  A frozen switch (or the confusion of one) in Savannah led to a train derailment.  This storm weather comes almost exactly 20 years after the 1998 ice storm that left millions without power for days upon days and cost billions of dollars in damage.

Yeah, from the looks of it, it seems impossible to enter. (Dec 29 2:37 p.m.)

So… soon people in the northeast (including me) are going to be seeing more of this stuff and then some.

Diffuse sun during light snow. (Dec 29 2:37 p.m.)

And less of the sun…

Last photo taken for the year. (Dec 30 4:51 p.m.)

…and the moon.  And no, I didn’t bother to take a photo of the January 1 supermoon; it was way too @%!#ing cold for that.

(Dec 29 3:05 p.m.)

We’ll see, about the storm, how bad it will be for us.

(Dec 29 2:04 p.m.)

Wish us luck! 🙂

Well, that’s it for now.  I have more December photos to share, but it’s now 3 in the morning, and I would like to get something up before the power potentially goes out.

Until next time…

(Jan 2 12:51 p.m.)

May 2018 be a good year.

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4 thoughts on “The warm before the storm

  1. Hello! I have been wondering how you were doing. Your pictures are great.

    Here in east central New Mexico, I have only seen one solitary snowflake. It floated past my kitchen window one day. But it has been SO COLD. And also warm. It’s very weird. Remember a few years back when they were blaming the extreme weather changes on a polar vortex? I call it the bipolar vortex, because it is!

    We had temps in the 70s a few days after Christmas. But two mornings ago, when I let the dogs out, the temperature here was just 3 degrees above zero. Our trees were full of very confused looking robins.

    Yesterday, our high got all the way up to 50! The robins, doves, and finches in our trees sang like an angel choir. I have never in my life heard so many birds singing so joyfully.

    I hope you don’t lose electricity in the blizzard. Whatever happened to global warming? It really is a bipolar vortex!

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