Dog House Buried
Soon after I wrote about the dog house in the snow bank we got a lot more snow. 26″ all in one quick dump. The dog house is now just a dark tunnel into the snowbank. All the other animal shelters are similarly fully sheltered. Mother nature can be so obliging.
The large amount of snow in one fall wasn’t the real problem though, we also got high winds during the storm. This created wind drifts of snow that were over 9′ deep in places. Fortunately the tractor with the bucket loader on the front is able to simply drive right through them, most of the time, if I’m going down hill or on a level area. Plowing up hill, like for the south field road, is a whole other matter and takes far longer.
The wind picks up snow and dumps it in low spots. Like our sorting pen, weaning pen, the south field road, the whey feeding trough areas, the atrium, etc. We lost all of them in the drifts. Areas that used to dip in the land scape are now scoured flat. Holly, Will and Ben dug out the important places while I plowed. We’re still digging out three days later.
Old Farm House Atrium Almost Filled
One interesting lesson is that where our driveway and roads run inline with the wind they stayed reasonably clear. Those that run perpendicular to the wind got completely filled with blown snow. The entire south pasture road is now so deep it vanished where as before it had been about a 4′ deep cut through the field of snow. Placing plowed piles of snow on the down wind side, the lee, of roads helps to keep them clear where as piles on the up wind side, the windward side, cause more filling. Things to consider when you’re laying out spaces in windy places with sand or snow to be blown about.
The question now becomes where to put all that snow. Some of my snow piles are 14′ tall and 30′ long. In other areas I had been pushing the snow over the edges and down embankments but those have gotten backed up at this point. Some of these piles may be here into mid-June. Ice boxes. Great for king of the mountain but we’re starting to run out of space to store our glaciers.
Outdoors: 31°F/18°F Partially Sunny
Farm House: 41°F/36°F
Tiny Cottage: 61°F/59°F DVD shelf up