They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
They Didn't Ask Me

The Last Week

It has been an "interesting" week or so. Lots of drifting, high winds, snow, subzero wind chills, subzero actual temps, blown fuse in brake lights, exams, blizzard whiteout conditions... and Spring Break. Or at least the WMU Spirit Day part of it.

Fine dry snow grains wafting across Warner near our house a week ago Friday. Actually, there was a stretch earlier next to an open field that created a big drift across the road to plow over, but I didn't get a picture of that. (Click on photo for larger.)
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I tagged this as north of Allendale, thinking this was on the way to Chevy on Monday with no brake lights, but from the timestamp, this is Tuesday driving south on 68th Avenue north of the Grand Rapid. Oh, of course. There were drifts off the fields creating a sheet of glare white ice on Monday or Tuesday -- didn't get a picture of that, but this is south of there, just before Eastmanville. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Dedication -- it's 7:33am, end of the driveway and I've got the window rolled down in subzero weather before the heater has gotten warm. All to shoot this lovely ice pillar caused by ice crystals above the rising sun. There were weak sundogs after the sun was up, but not worth trying to get. Anyway, Wednesday was a beautiful day, compared to overnight and Thursday morning. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Roads were too dangerous Thursday morning, so I Skyped to sit and watch my exam at 10am. On the way to my afternoon PT appointment, I was shooting some shots of the blue sky above, when I remembered the broken traffic light at 68th and Warner. The signals were just put up a couple of years ago -- new lightweight bright LED signals. But one of the lens hoods was ripped off in our recent high winds.
EDITED TO ADD: Note the snow clinging to the lens hoods of the signals. One of the problems with the LED bulbs is that there's no Joule heating as with a filament bulb, so ice and snow isn't melted off. That can lead to large ice chunks falling on cars or weighing down the signal or making it more vulnerable to wind damage. Also, I've seen these being installed and they are very light, making me wonder if the new ones are molded plastic rather than sheet metal.
(Click on photo for larger.)
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Heading into Allendale you can see the snowclogged high wind clouds south of Allendale. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Pretty light snow drifting down outside here at noon on Saturday. Not quite a snowglobe. At Christmastime it would be exceptionally pretty. On the first of March, it's getting a little old for most. (grin)

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