finally winter

I’ve been complaining about the lack of true winter weather pretty much since the season started.

February snow mosaic

Last weekend mother nature finally came through. The storm got started a day later than predicted. but once it got going it snowed and snowed and snowed. I had friends come visit for the weekend, and instead of venturing out to explore Vermont we spent pretty much all of saturday snowed in. We knit, the guys brewed beer, and we all watched it snow.

Since we live on the side of the mountain ridge that faces west we got LOTS of snow – 24 inches in my front yard all* from one storm! The valleys only got a foot of snow, and burlington has less than 6 inches.

There’s a technical term for this – Orthographic lift. Basically as the air mass moves over a mountain it’s SQUEEZED through the tight space between the top of the mountain and the top of the atmosphere. And the squeezing presses out the extra moisture. In winter this means snow over the mountains, and lots of it! One of the many reason I love living where I do.

*all of it. The weekend before the chickens had been scratching in the brown grass of my front yard.

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2 responses to “finally winter

  1. Shucks, we only got about two inches down here, but it was wet and slippery and I drove home in it over Okemo… not fun. Almost makes me want to move higher, but then I’d have to get a better car. ;)

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