#Vulcan – March’s Lion

I have now had the pleasure of enduring my first-ever official blizzard. The weather was completely miserable. It wasn’t the snow, it was the wind that made it so uncomfortable.

I decided to take it upon myself to take photos of the same subject at regular intervals in order to capture the depth of snow. The snow didn’t get terribly deep, but the drifts got huge.

8:22 am
8:22 am

10:20 am
10:20 am
12:00 pm
12:00 pm
2:00 pm
2:00 pm
4:00 pm
4:00 pm
6:00 pm
6:00 pm
6:00 am the next day...
6:00 am the next day…
And after I finally got the driveway open again at 8:00 am.
And after I finally got the driveway open again at 8:00 am.

I had expected this wagon to get buried over the course of the day, but it wasn’t

Taken at 12:00 pm
Taken at 12:00 pm

But the driveway was rendered impenetrable by snow drifts.

Taken at 4:00 pm
Taken at 4:00 pm
This is the driveway at 6:00 am the next day. I promise there's a driveway there.
This is the driveway at 6:00 am the next day. I promise there’s a driveway there.
This snowdrift had it in its head to keep our car in the garage.
This snowdrift had it in its head to keep our car in the garage.

And a large snow drift made it really hard to get off the porch.

If I stood in that drift, it would be part way up my thigh.
If I stood in that drift, it would be part way up my thigh.
My footprints from two hours earlier were nearly consumed by the drift.
My footprints from two hours earlier were nearly consumed by the drift.

And now it’s gone and all that’s left is to dig out and carry on with life as usual.

The driveway is now visible.
The driveway is now visible.
And, hey, I can get in and out of the house again, too!
And, hey, I can get in and out of the house again, too!

One thing I did was measure the snow depth and collect snow samples at regular intervals to see if there was any evolution of isotopes as the storm progressed. The final snow total was 9.75 inches, but it’s a little hard to know if that was accurate because of all the drifting. I’ll let you know in a few days how the isotopic analyses panned out. Stay tuned.

Published by paleololigo

Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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