Iced Birch Tree
No, not global warming. We just got an ice storm. In fact, it is on the tenth anniversary of the 1998 ice storm that destroyed so much of our forest and put the lights out in Quebec. We had another in the ’70s as well. These things happen. We don’t get January thaws but that was a doozy.
It does make for pretty pictures of the crystal trees and isn’t so bad if the wind holds off. The problem with the wind, or a heavy snow fall immediately afterwards like we got in ’98, is it will break the trees. The combination of snow and ice can collapse the roofs of marginal buildings – our hunting camp got squashed flat in ’98 as did the local general store’s eatery in another storm.
Sun Rise over NH
Now that we’re sleeping up at the cottage I catch a lot of really nice sunrises. In the foreground you can see the snow banks, which had been 11′ high the day before, were reduced to about five or six feet by the warm weather. Since then they’ve gone back up a few feet. Eleven feet high is the maximum I can make as the tractor bucket only reaches to nine feet – after that it’s push, push push.
Thursday 1/9 to Saturday 1/18
Outdoors: 38°F/-2°F Mostly Sunny, 4″ Snow, 1/4″ Rain/Sleet
Farm House: 58°F/41°F
Tiny Cottage: 68°F/45°F