Tuesday, January 30, 2007

What's outside your back door?

This is what a Michigan winter is supposed to look like!



We have been under a 'lake effect snow warning' for the last two days. The funny thing is, this time they were right. All of the schools in this area have been closed for the day. We have about 6 inches of new snow out there and it continues to snow ~ sometimes it's so hard you can hardly see the trees in the back yard and other times it is just a few flakes drifting softly and silently by the window.

Makes me more grateful for my fireplace and coffeemaker!!!!

13 comments:

The Editor said...

That looks very cold! I'm not a big fan of snow. If we had that type of snow where I live, everything would be closed.

Stay warm! Hugs!

Rebecca said...

I'm almost jealous Martie! Up here in MA, we've had nothing over a dusting all winter.

Enjoy your coffee, your fire and snuggle time with your honey! :)

chesneygirl said...

For the first time this year we finally have snow sticking to the ground over here on this side of Michigan. Although it is only about 2 inches.

I wish *I* had a fireplace! ::pouting:::

Renee said...

Good gosh! My back yard has been looking like a swamp with all this rain.

Janet C. said...

Coffee and a warm fire. I've been doing plenty of that. Glad you finally got some snow.

How's little Drew?

JD's Rose said...

Almost dead grass because it is too bloody hot and we are only allowed to water twice a week for 10 minutes due to the water restrictions.

Colie said...

How pretty! Somehow here in Maine we went from unseasonally warm, 50 at the beginning of the month, to -8 this morning. Everything is frozen & I can't seem to get close enough to the wood stove! :)

Smalltown RN said...

Oh that is pretty. It has been cold here but now snow. Fog and plenty of it which I think makes it that much colder...guess it is the dampness. How's our lttle Drew? Feeling better yet? Hope life is treating you well.

Chat soon my friend....

Cheers!

Slick said...

Holy Crap....I'll come visit you when the flowers are blooming. There's no way in the world you'd get me outside when it looks like that.

Geeez-us I love the south.

Heard from your daughter today :)

Connie said...

We got snow today but oh my I think you beat us for sure. Stay warm.

Hugs,
Connie

Nelly said...

Gosh, we don't have nearly that much snow. We barely have anything!

Ame said...

lake effect snow warning?

what's that?


beautiful in pictures ;)

martie said...

Ame, and all others who wonder what lake effect snow is:

The heaviest lake-effect snow episodes usually occur when a bitter cold outbreak dives southeast across the Great Lakes. As cold air flows over the warm water, the bottom layer over the surface of the water is heated from below. Moisture also evaporates into the air as it is heated. Since warm air is lighter and less dense than cold air, the heated air rises and begins to cool. As the air cools, the moisture that evaporated into it condenses and forms clouds. When enough moisture condenses out of the air, snow falls over the regions downwind of the Great Lakes. The greater the temperature contrast between the cold air and the warm water, the heavier the snow showers will be. If the temperature contrast is great enough, the rising air will have enough buoyancy to form thundersnow, which are thunderstorms that have snow falling out of them rather than rain.