10 Nov., 2017 02:45 AM: I stood outside to smoke a half a cigarette and drink a cup of coffee. The wind was howling in the trees. It was cloudy with only a handful of stars visible. We had a very brief shower just after sunset last night. Although it is 41.7F/5,3C, the dampness made the air feel a lot colder and wind biting. I thought to myself, “I know this sound… I’ve heard it before.” Thinking back some years earlier I recalled one particular winter night when I got out of my snowplow and headed to the payloader sitting silently out in the open. As I trudged through knee-deep, freshly fallen snow to the payloader to refill my sander with rock salt, the wind howled in the trees and blew snow horizontally across the yard and into my face so hard it stung. That very same sound and nearly the very same biting wind was here again. The only difference this morning was there was no snow on the ground or blowing in my face, and the temperature wasn’t 19 F/-7,2 C with the wind chill making it feel like it was below 0 F/-17,7 C. Still, that same sound and chilling feeling. Funny how a simple sound can bring back such an obscure memory. ;o)
A tree along the edge of the woods on the other side of the field across the stream fell late yesterday afternoon with a loud and prolonged crash. The older dog just looked in that direction, but the younger of the two ran down the hill barking. Guess he thought he was chasing whatever he heard away. ;o)
2:00 PM: In the few hours before sunrise the clouds moved away and the temperature plummeted to 28.2 F/-2,1 C. We had snow flurries early this morning. The wind is blowing even harder now than it did overnight. At 12 noon it reached 32.5 F/0,27 C and it’s currently holding at 33.2 F/0,66 C. The wind chill makes it feel so much colder than it actually is. No birds are flying today, but a few are scooting from tree to tree whenever the wind gusts die down. Even the crows, ravens and turkey buzzards are nowhere to be seen. Haven’t seen any eagles, ospreys or hawks in days. Owls seem to do a lot of hooting when it gets cold at night.
Seventy-five percent of the trees are bare of their leaves. The few still holding onto theirs are still quite colorful as is the carpet of leaf litter on the ground. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the remaining leaves come off the trees before the snow starts to really fly! Then I get to remove a chest-high pile from in front of my front door. :“laughing out loud”
4 PM: The high for today reached a balmy 33.2F/0.6C. Currently the temperature is down to 28.3F/-2C. The wind is still blowing quite hard and very gusty. I’ve noticed a lot of branches have been knocked down onto the ground beneath the trees. It’s going to be even colder tonight than last night. At 4:25 PM it’s dropped down to 26.6C/-3C! At this rate it may drop to 10F/-12C overnight. Now that’s winter temperatures. :o)
5 PM: 25.7F/-3,5C and the sun has just dipped over the hill and the Helderberg Mountains. Now the temperature should start dropping faster. Going to be cold when I head down to take care of Angel ().