Nor’easter

Recently, as a massive storm moved in to the neighborhood from the north, many of us made last minute trips to the store for extra food and supplies in case the weather made electricity unreliable or travel difficult. A good day to hunker down.

Others of us made their way past stranded vehicles on barely passable roads to spend the day on the highest hill they could find.

On top of Elk Mountain, the partially frozen weather station reported steady winds between 15 and 20 mph. Those of us who have spent time in similar conditions estimated true wind speed at nearly double that. 

1 to 2 inch per hour snow fall amounts driven by wind gusting near 60 mph made it impossible to look into the wind without eye protection.

Snow scrubbed bare to ice in places, deposited feet deep nearby. Unusually corniced, an apparent ocean wave grew throughout the storm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perspective

The recent weather pattern, which is yet to complete, has been very un-February-like. 

Though not as warm as last year’s record breaking days,  except for the trails at Elk, no snow in the neighborhood.

When the panoramic views from the top of the mountain reveal more Spring then Winter, the patterns left in nearby trees by overnight freeze reminds us that we’ll soon see March’s nature, lamb or lion like.

Last Chair

After closing and sweeping trails that won’t be illuminated for night skiing, some of the ski patrol day crew make their way to ride the chair lift one last time for the day.

They’ll wait on top of the mountain at the ski patrol base for the night crew to arrive before skiing their last run down to the locker room.

There, they’ll change some clothing for the ride home, then eat, early to bed, and do it all over again the next day.

How much different can heaven be?