Archive for February 2014

Chiberian Spring

Chiberian Spring
Chiberian spring is not pretty.  The gusting winds of a few days ago have left  dry leaves, sticks and seeds on top of melted snow. Even as we maneuver around potholes and melted/refrozen sidewalks, the receding filthy snowpack reveals the first glimpse of muddy ground, and grass that is not quite green. What can we learn... Read more »

Graupel? Thundersnow!

Graupel? Thundersnow!
To add to our expanding lexicon of snow, along with ever-increasing snow accumulation, today we have Graupel and Thundersnow.  (No, they are not  rock bands touring with Polar Vortex.) What is Graupel? According to About.com, ”Graupel forms when snow in the atmosphere encounters supercooled water.  Ice crystals form on the outside of the snow and accumulate until... Read more »

February thaw

This is the season of  sweet words–Luv U, 4 Ever,  Be mine,  pitchers and catchers report. But the two sweetest words today to me are– February thaw! How long has it been, encased in this ice? I have forgotten what I look like without the scarves and layers–and the snowpants! What a shock  it will be... Read more »
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Art and science of snowflakes

Art and science of snowflakes
Lovely snowflakes, they fall nowhere else!   Zen saying Consider  a snowflake, individual and ephemeral. Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931) spent his entire life studying and photographing snowflakes on his farm outside Joshua, Vermont.  He rigged up a microscope and bellows camera and worked in a cold barn, capturing the first microphotographs of snowflakes.  Known as... Read more »

12 snowiest places on earth

12 snowiest places on earth
Well here we are, halfway through winter; that is, halfway between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox. Groundhogs saw their shadows at Woodstock,  llinois and Punxatauny, Pennsylvania, but that means it was a sun on snow day. Six more weeks of winter, anyway. Here in the Chicago area, that means more snow. We’ve had... Read more »