Many parts of the USA are having unusual weather this winter. With this weather, we see many interesting phenomena, such as frost patterns, icicles, ice sheets on ponds, and the like.
Just when I thought I had seen everything, my sister sent me from Pennsylvania a couple of photographs of what looked like donuts that had been rolled in the snow. At first, I thought that someone had rolled up some snowballs and then hollowed them out. Then, I learned from her that these were created by nature!
Have you ever heard of an ice circle? Neither have I. Until today. I saw this amazing video of an ice circle, which is described by Becky Oskin of LiveScience as "a spinning ice disk" in the middle of a body of water. And that is exactly what it appears to be. Watch this video:
One nice thing about snow is that it makes it easy to see the tracks of the animals that have visited my yard. This morning I saw lots of very clear deer tracks, with the distinctive split hoof.
As promised, here are a few photos from last week's blizzard.You can see the rapid snowfall, even early on in the storm.
These photos are of the same bush, early in the storm and the morning after.
I am writing this from my home in Western Connecticut, where we are in the throes of a blizzard. Snow totals predictions are ranging from 15 inches to 24 inches in my area, with as much as 30 inches in the central and eastern part of the state. The storm was originally predicted to be a snowstorm. So, what is the difference between a snowstorm and a blizzard?
I live in the bottom of the light pink area. Our predicted snowfall is 18 to 24 inches.
My dog spends a lot of time sitting on the back of the couch by the window, surveying her domain—ie., looking out on the woods. Whenever she sees something move, she barks to alert us. We had our first real snow last night, the first in over a year. So now the animals our dog sees or hears are visible even to us.
Это город Иркутск. Академгородок. Середина октября.
When we think of snow, we picture snow capped mountains, kids playing, or even snow angels! Even though we don't get much of this in Houston it is always fun to imagine what it would be like.....
But what about what snow would be like on Mars?
I'm in western Connecticut, about halfway up the state close to the border with New York. This has been a very odd autumn. It is November 17, and all the leaves have finally fallen. Normally everything is down by the first week of November. Even the national morning news shows were commenting last week on the late leaf colors, as their cameras show aerial shots of New York's Central Park.