So what do you do when nature breaks off a piece of the polar vortex and the temperature drops to -15 F (-26 C)?
If you’re like me you take pictures of thermometers and the frost crystals on your windows.
There were plenty of crystals and I wasn’t going anywhere for a while, because my truck’s battery was dead.
But too much of a good thing can lead to boredom and, since the sun had finally warmed it up to +15 F, it was time to take a little walk.
Not only did I feel the sting of the wind, I could see what it had created while it had howled during the night.
The puddle in the driveway froze solid when it was about 3 inches deep and then cracked to pieces.
Pond ice was also cracking and sounded like rifle shots. A crack caused by a change in temperature is called a thermal crack. Apparently the weak sunshine could warm ice, but it wasn’t doing much to warm me.
The snow under a white pine isn’t as deep as it is in the open, so a critter decided to explore. It could have been the rabbit that lives in this area, but it was too cold to stand around wondering.
The wind can do some strange things to snow. Here it had folded it.
On the corner of a building the wind sculpted what looks to be a swan or a snow goose. I’m not sure about the placement of the pine needle.
There were thousands of little piles of what looked like hoar frost crystals on the river ice. I didn’t dare walk on it to find out for sure.
After our coldest night in years the sun gave us plenty of light but little heat and it seemed like the ice was winning the battle. It would be another below zero night. The rumor is that the vortex might have another go at us next week. As I write this we have 64 days, 16 hours, 13 minutes, and 15 seconds until spring.
Nothing burns like the cold. ~ George R.R. Martin
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