Like a large part of the country, the temperatures here in New Hampshire dropped to below zero nearly every night last week. The low here at my house was 11 below zero but parts of the state fell to 30 below. Daytime temperatures barely made it to 20 degrees, so there was no melting going on.
Frost ferns were seen on the windows every morning. It often took until noon for them to melt.
The sun peeked through the clouds at times but it was all light and no heat. A thin ray just grazed these milkweed seeds and turned them to gold one cold afternoon.
This section of the Ashuelot River has grown some ice and is down to just a narrow open channel. I wonder if this week’s warmer temperatures will melt it all again.
The Canada geese on the river seem to be getting more used to seeing people. I watched them and took pictures until I thought my fingers might be frozen. On this day the water temperature was probably warmer than the air temperature.
Some parts of the river, like this section north of Keene, have little to no ice on the surface.
But where the ice does grow, it grows thick.
Even our streams have yet to ice over completely. There are many animals that drink from this stream so they’re probably grateful to see some open water. I saw everything from mice tracks to deer tracks along just a short section of stream.
These leaves stuck on a twig in midstream had all kinds of ice and frost on them.
Some of the stream ice was as clear as crystal…
And some was as white as snow.
Yesterday we saw temperatures above freezing for the first time in over a week and the word is that today might set records with highs in the 50s. And then we might see torrential rain and thunder storms before it gets colder again, so we’re still on the roller coaster ride that is this winter.
Winter either bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail. ~Proverb
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