Posts Tagged ‘temperature’

A Farewell To Ice

The temperature actually rose to 45 degrees this afternoon. We even had a heavy rain around noon, which included lightning and thunder twice.

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Buffy and I just got in from a celebratory walk around the backyard. I talked kindly to the ice, paid homage to it because there had to be a reason for it. I just didn’t know what.

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The ice stared back at me in several pictures.

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Ice only remained in the north side of the house, barn, trees and our shrub border.

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Some ice sheets remained above the ground and leaves.

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This ice “spirit” didn’t look too happy to be melting.

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It looked to me like every tiny “circle” had originally be a ball of sleet. The storm that resulted in this was from hours of sleeting and occasional freezing rain.

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Water was under the melting ice and pooled on the top too.

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I had the impression that the ice melting from the top released teeny air bubbles from what had been sleet pellets,

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where they congregated in groups.

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Maybe this one was excited to melt and be off to the next rain, ice or snow event.

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The head of an ice snake was all the ice that remained in the puddle by the side door.

The clouds cleared by suppertime. The wind lessened. The sun disappeared behind a pale darkening  sunset.

… two weeks to the day after the sleet/freezing rain storm.

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Snow Snake

If I had to run into a snake, I’d prefer this snow snake draped over a tree branch.

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Our planned snow hike turned out to be in a mixture of drizzle and slush falling from the trees. The temperature rose earlier this morning than I expected.

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Buffy and I had a nice hike anyway. Water sang a happy tune as it tumbled along the creek. We didn’t see another human. And I saw my first snake of the year.