Thursday, January 09, 2014

Concentrated Dose of Winter

Crystalline by Teckelcar
Crystalline, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
This week we got a dose of real winter weather. No snow so far, but some seriously low temperatures for the area. Single digit lows with below zero wind-chills knocked the area for a loop. Schools systems initiated 2 hour delays or cancelled classes outright.

On the first day of the arctic blast I understood the reasoning behind our school system's 2 hour delay. Some of the schools have antiquated systems that might not be up to the task (we are in the land of the heat pump) and then there is the very real possibility that the buses might not all start up. A 2 hour delay gave the powers that be time to check things before opening up the schools.

Ground Ice by Teckelcar
Ground Ice, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
Happily there were no problems and children all made it to school.

So you would assume that since there were no problems school would be back to normal on Wednesday, the following day. But that is where you would be wrong, we got a second 2 hour delay. Meanwhile Chicago laughs at Virginia's cold weather paralysis.

As for today, things were all back to normal. It was starting to warm up and I got inspired to go outside and take a few winter pictures. So I present to you Ice Crystals and Ice Columns.

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