Is The October Snowstorm Really Over?

I can’t tell you exactly what will make this wood fall, but it will.

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. There’s now more opportunity for me to notice that while walking Doppler. I looked up in the trees, now nearly leaf free, and noticed something that really concerned me. Many are tenuously holding broken branches or have large limbs on the verge of breaking.

Storms and tree damage are a part of the natural rhythm of nature. What’s unusual is how many wounded trees I see.

I am not an arborist. This isn’t my expertise. I can’t tell you exactly what will make this wood fall, but it will.

I’d hate to see a repeat of October 29-30.

All This And Thundersnow

As snowstorms go this one rocks! No, not because I love snow. I don’t. It’s because this storm’s done pretty much everything that’s been forecast. The snow totals have been (or will be) close. The power outages were as predicted.

At Bradley International Airport we broke the record for this date and for October. It didn’t take much. The October record was under 2″.

There was one added feature that wasn’t mentioned in the run-up, thundersnow! We get this every year or two and it’s always a surprise to people who hear it or see its flash.

Thundersnow is the product of a rapidly developing low pressure system. There is an explosive drop in the barometric pressure which causes a large upward motion inside the system. It’s often accompanied by a burst of heavy, large flakes.

Today’s snow is very wet… almost white slush. It’s ├╝ber slippery too. It will be very heavy when shoveled or plowed.

This storm will be gone before dawn Sunday. Life will return to normal. What a pain!