Snow Cracks

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The other day I noticed something that looked like a crack in the snow in my front yard. I didn’t think too much of it. I thought it was related to a mouse or other animal.

Then today while walking to the curb to pickup the newspaper, I noticed another one. This was a clear crack in the snow. In looking around I could see there were others. Some were attached – others not. It almost looks like a small scale snow plate tectonics – similar to what the earth’s crust does. It makes me wonder if it’s a coincidence or at these giant patches of snow that are very heavy and encased in a glaze from the recent ice storms really moving? I’ll have to keep my eye on these – unless the warmer temperatures of the weekend have other plans.

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Reflecting Winter Sunset

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We had a great deal of freezing rain and sleet that fell on top of the 15” of snow from other storms. This resulted in a shiny crust on the top of the snow that you can almost walk on. It also makes for a nice reflecting sunset photo.

I’m off to photograph the first “Wizard of Oz” tech rehearsal. This should have occurred on Tuesday but due to the snow, tonight will be their first one!

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Ground Hog Day Ice Storm

Well this is what happens when they issue an ice storm warning! Luckily so far so good. I worry most about loosing electricity when these things happen. I have some trees and bushes that are having a hard time this winter but hopefully they will pull through.

Additional photos

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Ice Storm Warning

Ice storm warning

As you can tell by now I have an affinity to weather and photography. After some overnight sleet and freezing rain, we have been having on and off again freezing drizzle all day. The forecast is for a full blown ice storm starting around midnight tonight.

So this innocent picture to the left will probably look tame by tomorrow at this time. My hope is this bush is still standing and we still have electricity!

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Icicles

Nasty row of icicles!

And you thought the icicles at your house were big. These had to be nearly 2 feet long on average.

The sad thing about icicles, even though they are pretty and interesting to look at, they are showing waster energy. What I mean by that is heat is escaping from the roof/attic so much that its melting the snow on the roof that then drips off and freezes if the temperature is below freezing. I guess that’s fine if you can afford that. But this can also lead to what is called “ice dams.”

I was planning on the photo of the day being some more PR photos I need to take. But the model is late so you will have to wait until tomorrow. But make sure you come back because it promises to be a “magical” photo!! It definitely will not be “wicked”!!

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Frozen Musconetcong River

Frozen musconetcong river

Updated picture from a few days ago showing the beginnings of ice forming on the river. Thanks to some very cold mornings (coldest in 15 years) the ice is thicker and now covered with a thin layer of snow. That snow layer might get a little thicker by Thursday morning as we are forecasted to get 4-8” of new snow.

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Coldest Morning in 15 Years

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Talk about a cold morning! Following the –1 yesterday morning, this morning we officially hit –4. Then why am I showing you a picture of –5.6? This thermometer is not my most accurate one. I’m also a weather geek and have several thermometers.

For a list of other low temperatures please go to the NJWO weather blog.

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