Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee
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Storm Door Open

The snow we had a few days ago melted, but a new storm hit overnight, and if I'm reading the forecast correctly, we have a whole series of storms coming over this week, so it's snowtime!

Overnight Fall

This was the morning view out the front door. No, I don't know what those worm-like tracks in the snow are.

Overnight Fall

After getting dressed, I started clearing the front porch. The overnight accumulation measured on the front porch rail was 10-12 cm.

Here's the Scoop

There was more snow than could be easily moved with brooms. It was time to use the snow shovel. Fortunately, this snow was relatively light, but had enough moisture in it that it was easy for me to shovel it aside from the porch and sidewalk.

Party at the Bird Feeder

Once I cleared enough snow to get from where I keep the birdseed to the front gate, I filled the bird feeder to the top and dropped several extra scoops on the ground. The birds were ecstatic, except when they saw me coming and lit out for the trees.

Snow Accumulation

The snow mostly stopped falling around noon, and I took another measurement, this time on the large woodbox, where I measured at least 15 cm accumulation. That's nothing if you live in places like Buffalo NY, but I think it's close to being the largest since day's accumulation in the years we've lived here.

Clearing Up

I'm very pleased with how the porch and sidewalks looked a few hours after I cleared most of the snow from them. The sun came out for a short time and helped further melt the walks. With luck, there won't be a bunch of ice on them tonight.

Snow Mushrooms

These two cans contain kindling for the fireplace. They sprouted mushroom-shaped crowns overnight. To my annoyance, the plastic that I keep covering the wood inside the wood box whipped around (the winds were pretty strong at times) and some snow drifted inside the box. I swept as much of the snow out as I could and replaced the plastic. We have to keep those fire logs dry or they'll dissolve, so those logs that got the most snow on them went to the head of the line for feeding the fireplace today.

Mind Your Head

Icicles have formed along the eves of the garage. Fortunately, the sidewalk does not run directly under the eves, so there's no hazard here. There is some hazard at the front door of the house, and I tried to sweep as much snow off the metal awning as I could reach, because otherwise every time I came out the front door, most snow and ice would fall on me at the edge of the awning.

I cannot recall having this much snow at once here. When I took the bin out to the side of the road for garbage pickup tomorrow, the snow was up over my ankles and near the top of my boots. Those of you in snowier climates will laugh at me, of course. I don't mind this snow; I just have to work around it. Also, I know how lucky I am to have an work-from-home office job. Over the radio, I could hear the railroad traffic. Drifting snow was preventing remote switches from throwing, slowing down traffic. I hear one of the maintainers telling the dispatcher, "The wind is howling so bad that as as soon as we sweep out a switch, the snow blows right back into it again." And the crews having to switch cars here at Fernley probably aren't having much fun, either.

We expect more snow for the rest of the week. From what I read from the National Weather Service updates, we're subject to "lake effect" snow from Pyramid Lake to the northwest of us. We might end up with a fairly good accumulation here, so it seemed like a good idea to take advantage of any breaks in the weather to make sure we can still move around on the property. And hey, shoveling snow must be pretty good exercise, in lieu of talking long walks around town.
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