Saturday, January 14, 2017

Black Ice Season

Icy road warning sign used in Quebec, Canada (courtesy of Wikipedia)
I refuse to call this season "Winter" because it seems as if we are barely having any winter-like weather. But, we are having black ice coating the roadways on many mornings. Hence, I have renamed it "Black Ice Season."

Why black ice, you might ask? Well, I think that if we've had rain early in the evening and just into the overnight hours, or if we have fog and the early morning temp. has risen into the low to mid 30's, the road surface may end up coated with a very thin sheen of ice, often impossible to see, if it is colder than the air. I did some researching and even if the roadway looks dry, the tiny spaces in the pavement may contain small amounts of water that freeze causing loss of traction for tires.

Well, looking at the morning temp. for the next 15 days, I think we are in for a lot of black ice. I love winter, but I do not like Black Ice Season. Cross your fingers that we make it through unscathed...

Monday, January 9, 2017

Weather Update

Look at this crazy weather. Here it is in early January and we are having temperatures over the next few weeks that we would normally see in March!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

A bit more snow before it warms up

Snow Total thus far: 31.5 inches of snow.

Well, we got 2 more inches of powdery snow. If only it would stay around and build up over time...but warmer weather is just around the corner again!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Snowy Owls have been sighted in Brunswick

Note to self: 'Tis the year that I will see a snowy owl. I have yet to see one, but I feel confident that it might just happen. Now, I must get my rear in gear and cruise the old Naval Air Station in search of them. Here is what one birder, Stan DeOrsey, had to say (on Jan. 2nd):
The Snowy Owl Tom Hayward found yesterday (Sunday) at the Brunswick Landing Executive Airport (ye olde Navel Air Station) was still present this morning. It was best seen from the left side of the terminal building (not the Kestrel Building but the next one with the flight tower). This morning it was on the ground by a paved runway or taxiway just beyond the parking lot. There is a "Gate 3" sign and there were two parked fuel trucks nearby the other side of the parking lot fence. 
Hey, Shannon! Let's go owl hunting with our camera:-) Let's make this one of our New Year's resolutions!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Snow Day # 2 (due to ice)

We got rain overnight that turned the streets into skating rinks, so schools were closed over large parts of our area. The outdoor temp. rose into the 40's today. In fact, as I write this post at 8:30 pm, the outdoor temp. is 37F.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

More Snow

Snow Total Thus Far: 29.5" of snow.
We got a tiny snowstorm that yielded 2 more inches of snow. Drew was able to go snowshoeing and got some nice photos (which I'll add when I have time to process them.)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Bartz Brothers Snow Sculptures

Bartz Snow Sculptures of St. Paul, MN are amazing.
Photo from Bartz Brothers Facebook page
The Bartz Brothers have done it again. These guys have been sculpting sea creatures out of snow for the past 5 years, and they have really honed their skills. For the past two years they have been partnering with to raise money to provide clean water and sanitation for different villages around the world. Last year, they raised over $17,000. This year they are looking to raise $25,000.
Photo from Bartz Brothers Facebook page
This year, they created Finnegan the Fish. Absolutely amazing. Check out their Facebook page at Bartz Snow Sculptures and follow them through their snow art journey.

Hmmm... If I wasn't so completely exhausted from shoveling snow, I'd make a snowman, but even that is too much for me. I guess I'll have to live vicariously through the Bartz brothers!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Ummm... This snow storm was a pretty good one!

SNOW TOTAL THUS FAR:  27.5" for this season.
The snow table was holding 9" of heavy, wet snow.
Well, the weather reports oscillated back and forth so much we didn't know what to expect. This is because we tend to be on a dividing line of coastal to inland weather conditions. 
In this case, we got all snow and only about 1/2 hour of freezing rain. Thus, we got a total of 11" from this storm. 
I shot this as the sunlight was just coming up over the horizon...
We didn't get the wind, but the snow was incredibly wet and heavy. Check out how much there is clinging to the branches, the bird feeder, the bench, etc.
We started clearing snow at 5am and this continued well into the afternoon. I must say that I am so exhausted that I didn't even go out to photograph the pond. The photos would have been magnificent... But, I had other, more important obligations today...
You can see where the branch broke off the tree and up-ended itself onto the power line.
We were without power from Thursday at 11:55 pm until 2:45 pm on Friday. And, we found that we were the last house on the street, with a branch hanging onto a power line, to get cleared. We got power within minutes of Asplundh cleaning up the line.