Saturday, February 5, 2011
It was an eagle-weather kind of day today. Woke up this morning to find the rest of the snow we were promised from the last storm that went through. I drove about 40 miles south on roads that hadn't been plowed yet this morning. A drive that normally would barely take an hour fully consumed 2. In several places the snow scraped along the bottom of my vehicle's belly, impressive for a somewhat high off the ground SUV. While 3-8" of snow fell along the path I took this morning at 8am, by afternoon the above freezing temps helped clear the roads nicely. I'm not even worried about re-freezing since the roads I took were all dry. I took this Bald Eagle photo on my way home near Modoc Illinois, about 40 miles SE of St. Louis.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
It was +5F today when I woke up, which is better than the -6F they were forecasting just a few days ago. The sun is shining through the ice glazed trees making much of the area glisten like crystal. It's still in the single digits, but since the wind isn't blowing as long as you're bundled and not a wimp it's not bad to be out. Roads are patchy in places but the strong sun is making the ice on top of everything melt creating wicked icicles so I highly recommend getting out to see them (though standing under them is probably not a great idea :D )
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
On the metro-east side of St. Louis, we've had about 2" of sleet, mixed with the occasional flake. That fat section of pink is all we've seen so far. The limbs on the trees have gotten really heavy with the ice and the wind is starting to get a little blustery, threatening us with damage if it picks up. That big blue section is supposed to get here before the night is over, leaving us with 4-6" or so, maybe up to 10" of snow on top the sleet we've had so far. We probably should have gone to work today, if for no other reason than get some extra work done with fewer interruptions. Honestly, what's worrying me most is the -6oF low temp tomorrow night. IF we lose power, that's going to make for a lot of problems.
It's sleeting like crazy outside, but I went for a walk down my street for some photos. Caught this robin behind my house and various other neat ice formations in the neighborhood, including an ice covered hornets nest.
The sleet has accumulated to about an inch so far making walking pretty easy. The bulk of the snow should miss a lot of the metro-east.
There has never been a blizzard warning since I've lived in St Louis. I don't recall having one in my life. The most snow I've ever seen was 14" while we lived in Springfield IL in '98. We could see that and then some with this storm. Looks like the ice glaze from last night has gotten a little thicker, but we're just bordering the switch over from the ice to the snow.
Monday, January 31, 2011
The drive home (approx 7 miles) was pretty uneventful. My garbage bag window cover was successful, especially after seeing the 1/4" glaze on my neighboring cars. The roads were still warm enough that the only slick spot I came across was up a hill near my home. The Interstate had the fewest cars I've ever seen. I had an easy 1/4 mile view ahead and behind me, and not another car in sight.
The trees are starting to get a crystal glaze on them. Is it just me or does this bradford pear tree limb look like a reindeer ornament for a christmas tree?