Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Winter seems to finally be here

Woke up to 6" of snow this morning, after a long day of rain yesterday. It was a typical low pressure system moving through, the warm front coming first, with the all day rain. The winds changed a lot over the day, starting from the east before the warm front, and moving around to come from the south after the front went through. As the low moved northeast, the winds gradually moved to come from the southeast, bringing yet more rain all evening. Meanwhile, the entire system was moving up from the southwest, on its way from Mississippi to Labrador.

But overnight the low moved off to the east, and the cold front behind it arrived from the arctic, with winds totally shifting 180' to come from the northwest. It was supposed to bring a cm or 3 of snow, but it brought a full measured 15 cm. The world was white.

By noon the sun was out though, and the snow was starting to slide off the steep garage roof. We get heavy piles on the driveway when this happens, the fallen piles of snow packing hard, just as happens in an avalanche. So it seemed a good idea to blow it out of the way before the piles froze, and I got the snowblower out of the garage for the first time this season. It promptly rode up over the pile of snow, twisted, and starting scraping metal and blowing blue smoke instead of blowing snow! Didn't even finish the driveway and it's off to get repaired.

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