The Bubbly Ice

We normally do not get it so cold down here in the tropics of Canada. This latest cold snap will be our second period of cold so far this winter season. I was bracing for it, knowing that we were not out of the woods of getting out of winter’s grip, knowing that it was just a matter of time when the next freeze will occur. We did not get any snow this time around before the freeze, just pure cold air after a long dry spell, but now we have lots of wind pouring in from the North with zero participation. As I understand it, the weather forecast is saying that we maybe getting snow this coming weekend. The significance of not having snow before a cold snap is that we do not have to deal with the lingering snow until it melts. That point is nice. So this cold snap, the snow storm will occurs at the of it, and then it will warm up right after that and melt it all away.

With the cold, we are getting plenty of sunshine too, so I cannot complain that loudly about it. Though it does play a bit of a psychological game when you are inside seeing the Sun is beaming through the windows, you think that you must go outside and soak some of that sunlight up. Only when you feel that very cold air hitting you body that you are quickly reminded that it is still the middle of winter.

The ice in the pond is very thick by my place today. This is the most thickest I have seen it down here in the Lower Mainland (Fraser valley-Metro Vancouver) in a very long time. I measured it to be about 4cm thick this afternoon when I was breaking it up to get my garden hose.  Even the way the ice looks–is different from past cold spells–there are streams of bubbles in it that rise up in vertical columns. So weird.

Bubbles in Ice Feb 5 2014 Weblog Image

And about that Sun. Here is a shot of my “guard squirrel” that is on the steps of my patio entrance (below). It is supposed to keep the real squirrels away, but the statue is not doing a great job of that.

Guard Squirrel to the Patio Deck Feb 5 2014 Weblog Image

I missed what the ground hog seen of his shadow during Ground Hog Day. Are we in for a super long winter this year?

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