Desert-Like Winter Storms . . .
“What a severe yet master artist old Winter is…. No longer the canvas and the pigments, but the marble and the chisel.” ~John Burroughs, “The Snow-Walkers,” 1866
This week’s visit by the polar vortex brought us a storm of wind and snow. Twenty-something below temperatures (much lower with wind chills factored in), extremely high winds, and piles of snow fueled a windy snowstorm similar to a sand storm in the desert. Clouds of snow plowing across the open fields and down the roads, twirling, spinning and then slamming into an obstacle that sent it back up into the skies. At times, it appeared to be snowing … but, it wasn’t. The winds brought life back to the old snowflakes and gave them the opportunity to fall from the skies and blow around giving them an additional winter birth of a second life, a third, and some many more. The aftermath of the snows rebirth left behind huge swirling drifts (snow dunes) and artistic patterns on the crusty snow top.
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