Snowstorm

Sorry I’ve been out of touch lately. My computer has been in the shop for a couple days, but it’s back home now.

Today we’re expecting a pretty good snowstorm.

I’m going to need one of these today:

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Plastic face protection from snowstorms. Canada, Montreal, 1939

It’s going to snow all day and into tonight with 30 mph winds. We’re supposed to get 10-12 inches and with the wind that could make for some pretty deep drifts. It should be the worst storm we’ve had in years.

Harland was up at 5am this morning to feed the cows before the storm came in. At 7:30am I left for work just as the first flakes were falling. Right now, about 8:30am, it’s snowing pretty heavily and the ground is turning white. I’ve got a 4-wheel drive, but I’ll not stay at work all day.

Update:  It’s 10:30am and I just got home. Work closed down for the day and then I stopped by Wallyworld to pick up neccesities like flour and yeast. I’m going to do some baking!  Maybe some wheat bread or cookies…  The roads hadn’t been bladed and were covered in places. The drifts are starting to form. I drove slowly and made it home fine. It’s snowing hard, the wind has picked up and is blowing about 20 mph. It’s 20 degrees F.

Anywho, here’s a shot looking out our front door from 7:30am this morning just before the snow started.

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See the geese flying overhead?

And here’s a shot from about 10:30am:

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2nd Update:  It’s 1pm and still snowing here, several inches so far. The wind is blowing out of the east 20-30mph and the wind chill is 8 degrees.

I shoveled the sidewalk again ( I like shoveling snow) and sprinkled some birdseed under the feeders for the birds that haven’t found the feeders yet.

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The smaller darker birds are juncos and the larger ones – I have no idea.  Anybody out there recognize them?  ( They’re Harris Sparrows.  Thanks JB!)

Kitty has spent a lot of time at the windows today bird-watching and making that “K – KK – kkk- kk” sound.

A few minutes ago she thought about folding laundry, but then she talked herself out of it.

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Now she’s curled up on the bed with her paw over her eyes sleeping.

Update:  It’s 7pm here now. It’s still snowing, but not very heavily. It’s 22 degrees and the wind is only 12 mph.  We didn’t get as much snow as was forecast, probably less than 8 inches. A couple more inches are supposed to fall before midnight.

At 5pm I went out and took a few more pics. Here’s the same view out our front door as this morning:

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Here’s our place from about a quarter mile up the road:

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See our barn on the horizon in the center?

Here’s a closer look:

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Then I went with Harland as he drove up to the farm to check the cows. The were busy eating hay.

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Their fur coats insulate them so well that the snow piles up on them without melting.

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They’re due to start calving in a couple weeks.

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So that’s it for today. Not as much snow or wind as was predicted.

I’ll need the 4-wheel drive to get to work tomorrow, but shouldn’t have any problems getting there.   Rats….

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