Seasonal Change – falling Autumn leaves, crisp mornings, cozy sweaters & no bugs – I LOVE Fall! What I dislike is that it means we’re slowly slipping into Winter. I HATE Winter, how am I a card-carrying Canadian?
I don’t like the darkness, putting the kids on the bus in the dark, darker than the inside of a cow by suppertime. I can live with the cold & snow as long as I don’t have to drive in dangerous conditions; that freaks me out.
This year we’re doing well for October, its been warm, sunny & except for a freak Summer snowstorm that wrecked a lot of trees, fall has been nice. The last 2 years, we’ve had snow in October & its stayed until May. I’m crossing my fingers that we get to keep this for at least another month!
One interesting saving grace that happens where I live is called a Chinook. Its hard to explain, so here’s a Wikipedia explanation: A strong Chinook can make snow one foot deep almost vanish in one day. The snow partly melts and partly evaporates in the dry wind. Chinook winds have been observed to raise winter temperature, often from below -20°C (-4°F) to as high as 10-20°C (50-68°F) for a few hours or days, then temperatures plummet to their base levels. Its a unique phenomenon and an abrupt change that causes:
- Rapid, large temperature changes to occur
- Snow may melt or evaporate through sublimation
- Loss of moisture due to significant drops in humidity.
- Rivers and Lakes may lose Ice at 2.5 Cm (1 In) per hour
- Strong, warm winds blow may carry sounds long distances
- The worst is a lot of people (including myself) get headaches from the wind & pressure changes 😥
I’m very lucky, I work very close to home a couple days a week & the rest of the time, I get to work in my studio at home. All nice & cozy. Our animals are all nice & cozy in straw and they have shelter. A change in the weather brings calves, who knows why or how Mother Nature decides this, but its great to have babies born during a Chinook on a nice warm day. Murphy’s law is the babies show up when the weather is changing for the worse! The large majority of our babies are born inside the barn & if they’re not, they are quickly escorted into the barn…..even if I have to steal the baby away from mama when she’d rather not follow to the barn.
I really wish I loved winter – skiing, snowboarding & the like; but I don’t. I usually am about at my wits end by April, wanting to escape at any cost. A good Chinook can bring some relief, and to get rid of snow & warm up for a few days changes everyone’s outlook.
Its inevitable that is coming, the days are getting shorter, the elk are bugling, the leaves are now all on the ground, the garden is in & the 4-H calves are getting lots of love & attention.
So what is this new “blog-o-Sphere” thing?
A friend formed a group of friends who blog [She titled it the ” Blog-o-sphere think tank” Group.] ; from all different areas of life, to do a ‘once a month’ ‘blog circle’, or ‘blog carnival’ type thing, if you will. Anyway, we get together once a month, and all write about the same topic, and hopefully we all post at the same time, on the 20th of each month. Everyone has a different ideas; so you might learn something, or open your eyes to new ideas . In any case, it’s fun!!! I hope you’ll visit all the blogs and have a read!
Pallavi Gandhi: http://
Kathleen Krucoff: http://
Robyn Hawk: http://
Catherine Witherell: http://happydayart.typepad.com
Tosca Teran: http://nanopod.me/2014/10/20/