Winter weather in Alberta is an exercise in relativity. When the temperature first dips to just below freezing (-1C or 30F), it feels cold - but it feels warm compared to the day when it gets down to -10C (-14F). Inevitably, the really COLD weather will arrive - which it did with a vengeance just … Continue reading Cold is a Relative Thing and Making Things Up (Video)
The best laid plans... When we booked our 2 week trip back to Alberta (from our winter abode in Arizona) we were optimistic that the brutal cold would be over by early March. It wasn't. The last night we were in the chilly north, the wind chill temperature was -40C (-40F.) Is wind chill something … Continue reading It Was a Quick Trip Home
Yesterday (Friday, February 22, 2019): Our Arizona back yard (north of Fountain Hills). Heavy wet snow caused quite a bit of damage to trees in our area. Today (Saturday, February 23): View from our roof top patio - The Foothills just north of us. I'm not going to complain about the cold weather and snow … Continue reading Arizona Snow Yesterday and Today
Weather in Arizona - usually temperatures are described as warm, warmer, hot, hotter, or real hot. So far this year, though, warmth hasn't been a factor here at all. With that thought in mind, can you guess what these close-up photos are? The top photo is frost on the fabric top of a convertible. The … Continue reading Wednesday What’s That?
Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day. - Glen Cook, Sweet Silver Blues - Early morning cheerfulness can be extremely obnoxious. - William Feather - It sounds plausible enough tonight, but wait until tomorrow. Wait for the common sense of the morning.” - H.G. Wells, … Continue reading Moon and Venus Sunrise
Not enough snow to play IN! Just enough snow to play WITH! Photo filters are courtesy the program Topaz Studio. Any interesting weather in your part of the world today? When was the last time you had a snowball fight or built a snowman?
We have a roof top patio in Arizona - a perfect place for watching sunrises, sunsets, and star gazing. The science behind contrails is fascinating. Contrails should never be a cause for alarm; after all, folks don’t flip out on chilly days when their breath forms a cloud. If it’s cold enough and the air … Continue reading Line Up of Sunrises
Are the sunrises and sunsets in your part of the world ho-hum? If they are, then you could follow this recipe to make them spectacular! - start with clean air, preferably in the fall or winter season. (You might have to travel somewhere to find these conditions.) - marvel at the blue of the daytime … Continue reading Recipe for a Dramatic Sunrise or Sunset
It was very cold here in Alberta in late December 2017 and early January 2018. The overnight low temperatures were below -20C (-4F) for 7 days straight during the holiday season. The lowest temperature was -31C (-24F). January 2018 was briefly milder before sinking into another 4 day stretch of extreme cold. When it finally … Continue reading Frozen – As Cold as Mars
The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees, The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas, The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor, And the highwayman came riding— Riding—riding— The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door. - The Highwayman, Alfred Noyes (1880-1958) - If … Continue reading Moon Shots