The strange weather we’ve been having this winter has certainly been an education. The first polar vortex came with a nasty winter storm that made roads a mess and left us in negative temperatures for several days. After it left, though, things warmed up. That’s the way we like it.
This latest bout of frigid weather has been interesting as well. The snow came early enough that the roads haven’t been too bad. But we’re going on our sixth (total, not in a row) weather day off from school now, and everyone’s nerves are getting a little ragged.
Yesterday, while running errands, we ran across an interesting winter weather phenomenon – snow rollers.
Snow rollers are a rare meteorological phenomenon where chunks of snow are blown along by the wind, picking up more snow as they go, much as snowballs are rolled by children to make snowmen.
Unlike snowballs rolled by people, snowrollers are tubular and often hollow since the inner, weaker layers are easily blown away. The resulting snowballs look like a donut or Swiss roll.
They are frozen on the outside, making them stable enough to be picked up. Little Bit had a good time playing with them. We didn’t stay out long, it was cold and windy.
With this cold weather, we’ve been lucky that the sun has been shining. Golden hour lured me outside again, with wet hair no less, in order to capture the gorgeous light.
The snow is a lot easier to take when it has that pink glow to it.
Hoping that wherever you are, you’re keeping warm. And let’s keep our fingers crossed that there will be school tomorrow. We’re all ready to get back to routine.
Only 49 days until spring!