I’ve finally updated the website with more of my favorite photos from 2013 and into 2014.
2 weeks ago we were hit with the polar vortex and the Blizzard of ’14. Frigid cold temps and brutal winds left behind some wintery beauty! I took a drive up to Niagara Falls and along Lake Erie- here’s a couple of my favorites, check out my site for more!
Flowing and Frozen
While the falls didn’t actually freeze, there was a lot of ice along the falls, the gorge and in the trees. It was starting to thaw and all you could hear was “snap, crackle, pop” as the ice fell out of the trees.
Blue River Ice
Saw this blue ice along the upper Niagara near the water intakes. I’ve never seen blue ice before!
Mountains along the Shore
Along the lake shore were these 10-12 foot “mountains” of ice, presumably from the high winds and below zero temps!
Well, it was a crazy weekend here near Buffalo, NY! On Friday, April 20th we had almost 80° weather. I was out in shorts and a tshirt and got some sunburn on my legs and arms. It was my team’s first softball practice and at 6pm it was still 70°! Hard to believe the news was calling for snow at the beginning of the week!
Sunday was not so nice. It was my older daughter’s first softball practice. It was 39° and breezy = COLD!! Oh, and the sporatic drizzle didn’t help! The weathermen were calling for even colder weather and 5-9” of snow by Tuesday!
And, of course, it didn’t pan out. I don’t know how many times the weathermen called for significant snow this winter and we were way below average! Well, we got a little slush…a total of .8 of an inch that melted by lunchtime.
My poor flowers didn’t like the icy slush! Glad to say it’s going to be sunny for several days…now if it would just warm up again!
Winter or spring?
Bleeding hearts in the slush
Not so delicate
Ok, snow in Buffalo, that’s nothing new, right? In November 2000, we got 3 feet within 1 day, stranding LOTS of motorists including many school buses. In December 2001 we got 7 feet over a 5 day period- snow was being trucked to Rochester because there was no where to put it. In 2006 we got blasted with the “October Storm”- an unpredicted storm that dropped over 2 feet of snow and caused power outages for thousands of people (for some up to 11 days) and downed LOTS of trees- the leaves hadn’t fallen yet and they caught all that falling snow and the trees couldn’t withstand the weight of the snow- clean up took months. Last December (2010) the suburbs of Buffalo (in which I live) got over 3 feet of snow in 24 hours. We have made nation weather news MANY years in a row!
However, this year, snow in January is something to talk about- up until yesterday we were 40 inches BELOW normal snowfall- we’ve only had a few dustings! Sometime overnight it started to fall and it’s still falling. The buses were very late this morning (my neighbor drove her girls and mine; good thing because the bus was 40 min late) and traffic was terrible; I stayed home. All after school activities are canceled; except my girls take ice skating lessons through the town so I do have to go out eventually. Because of that I figured I should go shovel; the plow did go by and I didn’t want to get stuck at the end of my driveway. Stupid wind is causing crazy drifts- one side of my driveway has about 2 inches of snow and goes up to almost a foot on the other side! Oh, did I mention the bottom is a layer of slush from yesterday’s rain? That and the wind made for miserable shoveling. I am just now getting the feeling back in my legs and face. Snow is ok. Wind chill is not. Slush is awful. And the crap the plow pushes across the end of the driveway is the worst! 🙂 And in a little over an hour I will voluntarily be sitting next to an ice rink watching my daugthers twill around on frozen water.
Here’s a quick shot of my 20° snow covered back yard; yesterday it was a swamp from the 45° rain! “You might live in Buffalo if you get sunburned and frostbite in the same week”- gotta love Buffalo!
♪ ♫ Oh, the first snow fall of the winter... ♫ ♪
And as I get ready to publish this post, I hear the plow go by, again. So, I guess I’m going to shovel, again. Ugh.
Stay warm and have a great weekend!