Monday, 16 April 2018

Snow, wind, freezing rain

I accidentally posted twice yesterday. I'd forgotten it was Earth Week –a moot point, as the ditches are full of another 15 cm of snow. We had Caitlin and the girls for the weekend. It was busy and I'd scheduled that post to post. In the meantime, it was a crazy weekend for weather, and still anticipating rain or freezing rain.

Today, Monday, the school busses are cancelled. Our snow blower I put away in the shed, so we must wait for the snow to melt! There is ice rain on the way, now.

 Back a few days. The deer didn't quite know what to make of the bunny.

It was a lovely day Friday! The grouse was having a feed in the snow.

Friday night, the girls came for dinner and a 2-night sleepover. Papa had gone to Copenhagen for the weekend.
One day we had crocus about to bloom, the next, 15 cm snow, then 6.5mm freezing rain.

The next day the snow plows were on the move across the province. There were 42,000 Ontarians without power.
Track my Plow!

April 15th

Crews face hazardous conditions and significant damage such as broken poles, downed lines & trees as they work to restore power to over 42,000 customers. Teams from our contact centre to lines, forestry and damage assessors are coming together to help with relief efforts #ONstorm— Hydro One (@HydroOne) April 15, 2018

The birds feeders were BUSY. We had 9 common grackles, 3 non-breeding starlings, 2 hairy, 2 downy, chickadees, 3 red-winged blackbirds, Mr/Mrs. Cardinal, several blue jays, tree and song sparrows, purple finches, juncos.

The poor blue jay had freezing rain and ice pellets stuck on its feathers. It tried to shake it off, but that didn't work.

There was a huge flock of black birds. I think it was a group of red-winged blackbirds, as well as grackles and starlings. I counted about 75 in the tree. They were amazing.

Sometimes one simply must laugh about the weather!


Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
it's crazy... our bloke this morning reckons we are going to get summer on Wednesday. But don't put away the thermals... YAM xx

Powell River Books said...

One advantage of living off the grid, there are no power outages, just low power or run the generator. Unfortunately our frugal ways don't translate to when we go to town. - Margy

Red said...

We're really getting socked with miserable weather.

William Kendall said...

The freezing rain really did a number. It was dangerous walking yesterday morning with the wind blowing ice off of things.