January 2016 Big Snow

It’s been a while since folks in our area have seen a storm like we had this week. I’ve got some time lapsed snow storm pictures to show everyone including Robin Reed our wonderful meteorologist.

January 21st - day before the snow started.

January 21st – day before the snow started.

January 22 - Snow started falling sometime before 6:30 a.m. It started heavy and then by mid afternoon it quit.

January 22 – Snow started falling sometime before 6:30 a.m. It started heavy and then by mid afternoon it quit.

January 23rd - We got about 6-7 inches the day before and woke up to this on the 23rd. The wind is howling and the wind chills were in the single digits most of the day and night.

January 23rd – We got about 6-7 inches the day before and woke up to this on the 23rd. The wind is howling and the wind chills were in the single digits most of the day and night.

Today this wind is very limited, the snow has quit falling the and the beautiful fun is shining.

Today this wind is very limited, the snow has quit falling the and the beautiful fun is shining.

All of the outside animals are doing fine but cold.  Eddie is trying to feed the round bales but they won’t roll out because the snow is so dry so he’s feeding the cows 6-7 bales instead of the normal 2-3.  The snow drifts are up over the cows bellies but the blessing is there are no babies due until March and April.

Prissy and George are doing well and taking care of Miracle.  They tend to lay on the side of the haybale away from the wind.  If not for the older orphans Miracle would have a time getting through the snow because it’s over her belly!

Here’s some more scenes of the last three days from the front porch and the kitchen window:

Visibility outside is almost non-existent with the wind blowing the snow but this guy found the bird/squirrel feeder.

Visibility outside is almost non-existent with the wind blowing the snow but this guy found the bird/squirrel feeder.

The feeder is full of scratch feed and peanuts.

The feeder is full of scratch feed and peanuts.

January 24 2016 (1)

January 23 2016 (9)

January 22 2016 (18)

January 22 2016 (14)

January 24 2016 (2)

I'll have to wait for the snowblower to come through the yard because the yard is drifted over my knees.

I’ll have to wait for the snowblower to come through the yard because the yard is drifted over my knees.

Look at that beautiful blue sky!!

Look at that beautiful blue sky!!

Beauty of nature at its best!

Beauty of nature at its best!

Can’t wait to get to the henhouse and check on the girls, Rooster and Fred!  Roscoe may even come out of hibernation with this beautiful sun shining and the temperature has already risen to 30 degrees.  I’ve been watching the orphan calves this morning and Miracle tends to stay between Prissy and George for their body heat.

Stay warm everyone and pray this will be the ONLY storm we have this winter even though it’s only January!!

11 responses to “January 2016 Big Snow

  1. I just love that picture of the snow with the little cardinal. Everything is a shade of grey, except for the brilliant red of the beautiful bird! Since I have never seen a cardinal in person, I am always drawn to pictures of them. We just had a good rainstorm here. After four years of drought, we are enjoying every single drop. Luckily, we don’t have to deal with so much snow as you! Stay warm!

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  2. Rita
    Winter “wonderland” it may be to some – just bloody freezing to look at from below the Equator.
    We have the weather reports and commentaries on this Eastern
    Coast snow storm/blizzard on our news.
    Whilst you are snow bound, our island State, Tasmania, is ablaze with bush fires – 74 of them now and many were deliberately lit – 2 kids of 12 and 13 years have been arrested! I say no more but you MAY imagine what I’d have done with them and their bloody parents!!!!
    I believe I did send an e-mail on the subject.
    Your daughter is certainly “multi-tasked” – you and Eddy have done a good job in her upbringing so take a bow, Mr and Mrs Caldwell.
    Trust all the stock are fine – I think from your reports on what Eddy does with maintenance of the farm buildings, you have no real worries.
    Cheers between the “Brrrrrrrrrrr’s”
    Colin

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    • We’re somewhat used to these storms but don’t usually get them this early and hope it’s the last big one. March and April when the baby calves are coming is the worst time. Wish I could dump this snow on all those fires.
      Also, the parents of those youngsters would have to pay for the damage and pay for the time the firefighters are on the line putting them out. I just hope no lives are taken because of their stupidity!!

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      • Thanks for the very prompt reply.
        1. Tasmania is mostly a wilderness state – so hickers, bushwalkers
        and the likes it is paradise. Pristine forests and lakes – all that.
        2. No fatalities and no reported domestic livestock lost, some cabins in the wilderness areas destroyed and of course many native fauna have been killed – wallabies etc.
        3. If only what you suggested with parents COULD be done. However they will have to live with the shame – but as we know that doesn’t worry some types of parents!!!
        4. Yes, I am sure that Tasmanians would love your present snow
        and the rain that is expected to follow in your area.
        Tasmania which is our coldest state by far has been experiencing an extremely HOT summer – even hotter than here in Brisbane – which is in the sub-tropics!
        Take you for your kind words of concern
        Colin

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  3. Heather Johnston

    Great pics!! That snowblower is my kind of shoveling!!! 🙂

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  4. Roger Caldwell Davis

    Your pictures are beautiful! Nancy Susan Caldwell would be so proud of the way you have managed the farm! I am glad I am in Gainesville, FL out of the snow. Still cold here 27 degrees last night.

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  5. Glad your animals are all doing well. Those pictures are beautiful. The sky is a magnificent blue here today too. Good luck with digging out.

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