Blowin’ In the Wind

I came back from town on Monday and enjoyed watching the wind rearranging the snow on the Sangres. This was why there was an avalanche warning out! These were taken from our fire station parking lot.

Closer views.

Fascinating how the snow blows in the wind up there.

Frosty Morning

It is foggy and 17°.

And everything is covered in frost! Shortly after this light snow began. We still had a couple of inches of previous snow on the ground.

Snow!

We had no snow in the forecast for today; tomorrow, yes. So we got 45 minutes of snow this morning around 7.
And again tonight starting at 6.

There is measurable on the ground and still falling as you can see. Our snow was supposed to start tomorrow afternoon.

Today’s Snow

We have a paltry 2″ while the Front Range is measuring in feet; 1-2′ is the rule down below.

Even the small tree is standing proud! Lol.

Our Yule Snow

The weather guys got it right this time!

This is about 6″ of snow at 10:15 on the 22nd. It is supposed to snow all day. And, yeah, I didn’t even put shoes on but just shot this out the front door! This is fluffy stuff so our little tree is still standing proud.

We were gonna take Lily to the vets about an injury Donna found on her ribs but all three of us agreed it wasn’t that serious! 🙂

So we can stay home, open presents, and eat all day!

Happy Yule!

Getting Stuck

This is an embarrassing post. I had a meeting Wednesday about our Property Owners website. I almost made it.

I always get lost in going to the webmistress’ house. They live way up north in our development well past any services like power and phone. Or road plowing. I usually end up turning one road too soon and then turn around. But never with several inches of snow on the road! In the process of turning around, my 4WD slipped out (I figured out later.) and I slid into the muddy ditch. No amount of rocking would free me from the mire, partly because my tires could not get a grip on the snow and wet gravel.

No, I hadn’t packed a shovel or other emergency gear. And no cell service up there so no cell phone.

I struggled for a while but every time I made progress that left front wheel would collapse the edge of the hole it had dug and I could feel my vehicle slowly ease back down. That wheel was in up to the axle. 😦

It was getting late (The meeting was at 4.) so I decided to walk over to the house from which I could hear dogs barking. I couldn’t find the driveway so walked cross country. In my walking shoes. I was thankful there was no wind, anyway. I found the place by following the “guide barking”. Lol. All I found was two unoccupied RVs; well one had a yappy dog inside I could hear. But there were pens containing a lot of animals: three big white dogs (maybe Samoyeds); an Alpaca; chickens; two goats; and even a fat rabbit running around like a pet. I followed the driveway back to the road and walked back to my SUV.

But before I got there, I heard a vehicle coming. An Amerigas propane truck! Yay! I was “saved”. Lol. Because they are a hazmat truck, they couldn’t help me but promised they would call Donna as soon as they got back in cell range. So I crawled back into the Montero and began reading my Kindle. Soon I heard a vehicle and assumed it was the propane truck coming back by. It wasn’t. It was Ed, whose house I was trying to get to, coming to rescue me!

Turns out the propane guys tried to deliver to his neighbor across the road from his house but the gate was locked. He went out and talked to them and they mentioned a guy was stuck back down the hill. They didn’t know my name so he was surprised to see it was me!

We went back to his house which, it turns out was not far from me! He had a massive chain and quickly pulled me out. I was only an hour late to my meeting; the trip over took me an hour and a half! When we came in the house, Margy, the webmistress, was on the phone about me! It was the guy Donna had called asking if they could go get me. I had told the truck drivers to tell her to call him and he would know how to get me some help.

Both I and the Montero are none the worse for wear. And Ed showed me the back way in which avoids the steep hills on Indian Wells, the road I had always used.

Two days in a row of adventures is too much!

Even More Snow!

We have already gotten more snow than we got all last Winter! Another 7.5″!

And the poor little guy on the west gets bent again. BTW, the picture is not askew; these trees are growing at an angle due to our travel trailer being next to them for a while!

These are the row of trees to the west of our yard. Note the empty rain gauge at lower left; I had just put it back out after emptying it (0.69″ of moisture); the snow was a bit fluffy so the tube was level full!

This really doesn’t look inviting!

All this snow made a hectic morning: a brief power outage; a dead and a live bird indoors; school was cancelled; and no internet access. So I shoveled the walkway to the rain gauge, let the live bird out, shook the remains of the dead one on the snow, swept the satellite dish to restore our Iway service, and finally settled down to my coffee!

But I still wouldn’t live anywhere else!

Another October Snow

Our traditional Halloween blizzard came a few days early. And really dumped on us! Not that I am complaining! Here are some scenes around our place.

Yes, this is the same little tree which evoked so much of an outcry earlier this month (see below).

So I waded out into the 10″ of snow and knocked most of the snow off it. The rest was frozen to the tree!

Now y’all feel better? Lol. Pine trees are very flexible when they are young which allows them to survive heavy snowfall but lose a lot of that flexibility when they develop bark on trunks and branches. Both storms fell pretty much straight down aggravating any bend a tree already had.

One example of extreme bending is this tree branch.

Normally this branch is straight out from the tree but today it makes a perfect right angle. There may be some internal damage so it may not bounce back to its former position. And, no, I am NOT gonna wade out to “rescue” this branch!

The glowing spots are reflections from the big snowflakes in the flash!

Most of the snow fell during the day yesterday. Enough to nearly fill our raingauge! So I swept (actually pushed with a broom!) the front porch and the walkway to this gauge and brought it in to measure and empty before dark. This was 0.48″ of water! Our total for the storm was 1.25″. The last storm was about 2″ of snow but very wet making the tree bendings look similar.

This is our bird feeder tree. This branch hit the ground and quit bending. Normally it is higher but not enough to walk under the end easily. It already has a split from past abuse. I have condsidered options for it: a “crutch” to support it or just trimming it up higher. But this shows me just to leave it alone and walk around the end.

It is clear and very bright out! The snow is now (noon) dropping from the trees rapidly; fun to watch as it cascades to the ground! The odd looking pyramid in the right foreground of the lower picture is a plastic table! The “cake” on the lower left of the same picture is our bird bath!

This won’t last long; our forecast high was the high 30s and we are at 44° as I write this! Walking under the trees is hazardous right now!

More Snow

It just keeps coming down! Now we are worried about our trees breaking under the load. Especially the little tree on the right of the three Ponderosas.

This is at 8:30.

And this is at 10:30.

Poor Baby.

Winter in October

This was the scene from our front porch this morning.

This is over 1″ of wet, heavy snow and still snowing heavily. I had to sweep the stuff off our satellite dish to get Iway access back! The temp is not as cold as forecast, being right at freezing. And the NWS said we can get 3″ more.

I have a meeting this afternoon which may be poorly attended. Lol.