Dec 21, 2009

It's Official, Winter, Day One 12/21/09

Some are calling our biggest snow event of all recorded time (National Weather Service) a blizzard but I think it's been more of a snow storm when compared to storms in my mother's youth. She remembers her father stringing a wire from the house to the barn so that he and the boys could get back and forth safely without losing their way in a blizzard that lasted for three days! We did get a full two feet of snow here on the North Fork and experienced some white-out conditions when gusts up to forty miles per hour occurred, swirling snow sideways and every other possible direction including up. High drifts have been removed from parts of Main Road where the wind with unobstructed fetch over farmland acreage scooped up snow and dropped it where it was most inconvenient. These spots have to be continually cleared until the wind dies down.

One beautiful side effect of the wind on snow is the way in which it sculpts free form shapes playing with light and shadow, making it a delightful wintry wonderland.


Near white-out driving conditions. At night it was totally unsafe.

Three drift sculptures captured on a country lane in Southold Town. Please click on photos to enlarge.

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