Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Upstairs Windows


We don't have thermo pane on the upstairs windows--just the old fashioned double hung types with single panes and storm glass.  I never changed them out as the winter traceries remind me of my childhood--before modern glass eliminated Jack Frost.  Above is an unusual example of Jack's work.

And here is a view from upstairs.  As you can see by the tracks, the snowmobilers have been having a field day, with the cold winter's ice supporting nearly anything you would want to take on the lake.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Blizzard--The Morning After

Ever See a Snowbow?

Sure can't be any moisture in the air, as the temp is way below zero.  I figure it is the rising sun working on the blowing snow off the lake.  No snow is falling, but plenty is drifting before the wind.

The wind has whipped the snow into dune-like formations all around and over Lake Manitou.

The Great Blizzard of 2014

12 Below Zero and Falling Fast--Wind Chill  at 35 Below Zero

Here are some pictures of the storm.  How can anything so deadly be so beautiful?

It's been awhile since we've been this far below zero.  The heater was a bit behind with the sunrise--but still kept the house at 68 and a fraction.  Now that the sun is up and firing through the many windows, the furnace is catching up.  The wind is the problem, probing for weakness in the best insulated of homes.  It will not ease for a few days according to the weather man.  We have seen it this cold before--but it is supposed to go as low as 16 below.  Right now the snow has stopped and the landscape is flooded with sunlight--I'll follow up in a bit.