Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blizzard 2015

Final Update: 28 January 2015, 3:30 PM.

The wind arrived first. Each time the howling woke me up, I got up and looked. No snow. The forecast was that the snow would start to fall at 10:00 PM; the snow actually began to fall around 4:00 AM. After daylight arrived, I watched the snow. It was really swirling around out there--first blowing straight sideways to the right, then straight down, then on an upwards diagonal right to left. In the last snowstorm, the snow came straight down; none of it landed on the windows or in the entryway of the JayBee. This storm is different!

9:00 AM:

I like that, without stepping outside, I can see through the kitchen window of the JayBee and assure myself that the tarps on the JayBee's west end are intact and holding up to the wind just fine.


3:00-4:00 PM. The plow guy had come once, so I headed out to shovel the first 12-14" of snow. Blizzard is still raging on:

Next day, 8:00 AM:

The forecast was that the snow from the blizzard would not stop falling until 10:00 this morning, but it appears to be done. Headed down the driveway, I noticed all this detritus on top of the snow. It wasn't sticks or leaves, though; it was feathers!

Was there a fight or carnage during the blizzard? I looked up and saw a bird's nest. Maybe a really strong gust of wind during the storm scooped all of these feathers out of the nest?

Aw, look who's waiting for me.

Check out the curling sheets of snow coming off the JayBee's roof...

...and the sculpted snow.

3:00 PM:

After round two of plowing and round three of shoveling, I guess this storm is as cleaned up as possible. Blizzard survived. Looking at the JayBee at this point, it doesn't look all that snowbound.

Looking out from the JayBee, however, it is hard to imagine where I will put the snow that falls next.


  1. Great photos, as usual. I don't want to be a downer, but I've noticed three 8-12" snowfalls in the forecast for your area (in the coming week). More quality time with your furry friends, I suspect.


  2. I'm glad I didn't see your comment until after I had finished another round of shoveling. I will have a lot more shoveling to do after the plow guy cleans up my driveway. I don't even want to think about three more storms rolling through in quick succession!
    Hey, good skiing for you, though!