Yeah…. it snowed again. And unexpectedly; it wasn’t supposed to look like this Thursday. The forecast temperatures for that part of the week were above freezing…. But “supposed to” is a fallacy. Us humans can’t tell the weather what to do; we can only predict it.
Supposedly, this was in part due to a “bomb cyclone.” The weather across the U.S. has been a bit crazy this month. Very low temps this winter. Tornadoes in the south. Over a dozen fatalities in the midwest alone… and that’s just January. Fierce winds and fallen branches. Hail …in Britain.
Here? Some winds. Cold. Nothing much happens in Maine. But so many blue sky days. And I’m talking bluer than these photos here.
Heading into late winter, some sprouts and buds have been popping up in Maine.
…All of which are now, I’m sure, under a coating of snow.
And I’m sure it’s worse in other parts of the northeast. “Thundersnow” — a combination of a thunderstorm and a blizzard. Reportedly, there are of tens of thousands without power for a week, in winter (cold) weather. (But I can’t imagine it being nearly as bad as what Puerto Rico continues to go through.) …But here?
So the blizzard that hit Maine, of Grayson, the bomb cyclone or bombogenesis— whatever you want to call it— that stormed through North America? Yeah, southern Maine got snow. However, the amount we got appears smaller than the last snow storm. Last time, snow drifts were visibly high, filling the path to the driveway; I estimated about a foot. This time, I got out the yard stick and measured: 10.5″.
The snow on this can may seem high, here. But when you see it cleared…
…you see the top isn’t flat.
Conditions certainly didn’t look good during the storm. It was still a bit much for one day of precipitation.
After the storm, snow will fall from the trees and snowbanks around plowing/shoveling areas will grow further in height. It adds to the (unpaid) job of shoveling the driveway that the banks at the end need to be low enough to see the road from within the car. Continue reading Things are about to heat up→
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.)
It had been around zero Fahrenheit for days, and it shows.
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.
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.
Tuesday was still a cold, droopy Winter mess scene.
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.
So… soon people in the northeast (including me) are going to be seeing more of this stuff and then some.
And less of the sun…
…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.
We’ll see, about the storm, how bad it will be for us.
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.
For the second snowfall of the season, which happened over the last two days, we got around 4″. (And you can click here for the first snow, short-lived.) We’re expected to get more precipitation tomorrow, with temperatures in the 20s and 30s.
And the temperatures are expected to remain low— as high as 48°F (9°C)— in coming days, freezing point at best overnight. So the snow (or “light sleet”), as far as I know, won’t clear soon. Of course, light rays cause evaporation, not heat… AccuWeather only gives us “sunny” on Friday. Goody.