February 03, 2011

Great Moments In Odd Snow Formations

I woke up this morning, and this is what I saw out on my balcony.

I have no idea what combination of wind, sun and cold conspired to make this happen, but it pleased me to no end.


The tiniest duck, closeup, cropped from the original picture.  He's 3/4" long x 1/2" tall.  I didn't dare put anything bigger on the snow formation, in fear of hastening the impending collapse... though it hasn't fallen down yet.

In case you're wondering, Duck U is still closed.  According to an e-mail sent last night by Matt the Screwdriver, VP of Campus Ops, most of the sidewalks are still covered with snowdrifts six feet deep and the main road through campus is impassable.  I can only imagine what the parking lots look like.  So... snow day #2!

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1 What's that white gizmo mounted on the inside of your deck fence?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 03, 2011 12:37 PM (+rSRq)

2 It's a wireless thermometer.  Sends a signal to a main unit inside Pond Central so's I can see what the temperature is out there.  Currently non-functional, as the batteries died and I haven't remembered to pick up a pack of AAAs.

Posted by: Wonderduck at February 03, 2011 12:43 PM (W8Men)

3 By my setup (wireless too) this winter has dropped 41.7 inches of snow so far. Last winter I got, um lessee, 39.2. I know there's more snow in Minneapolis just waiting to fall. So how about your total?

Posted by: Tony von Krag at February 03, 2011 09:26 PM (VGXAE)

4 I can't seem to find our current totals, but it's probably in the vicinity of 30 inches for the season, but I'm just guessing.  If I remember correctly, our average for a winter is 35 inches.

Posted by: Wonderduck at February 03, 2011 09:56 PM (W8Men)

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