Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Lots of wind, but no snow.
So far today, the snow hasn't materialized. It's cold and windy, but the sun is coming through from time to time. I've been staying around the house, both because I have nowhere in particular I need to go, and because I don't want to get caught out on the road if it does start snowing.
Higher up on the mountain tops, water has condensed out on the trees and frozen, so you get this crystal effect. It isn't snow, it's just ice at the higher elevations, and then only on the tree limbs. I live just below the topographic crest of the mountain, so sometimes I can walk out into the meadow, look up slope, and see where the freeze line was.
Last week, the farm ponds and the small lake all froze over. It's not that unusual for the ponds to freeze, because they are shallow. But I can only remember a few other times that the lake froze completely across. It wasn't thick enough to walk on, but it was certainly unusual.