Friday, January 10, 2014

It's colder than the tipple on a niche's wit!

Hawksbill Crag
Tim Ernst

As readers know, I like to visit Tim Ernst's website regularly for recent images of home, though when I heard about the extreme cold, I had to wonder if he'd ventured out . . . but he had, and had pictures to prove it, too! Like the one above, taken on January 7th, some time after dark, when the mercury had already dipped nearly to zero fahrenheit, which is a scientific way of saying "purty damn cold!"

That image may look like daytime, but just note the stars. Those, a half moon, and some snow make for the brightness of day (with long exposure time, of course), but the hour is late, and Mr. Ernst observes in his journal that the windchill must be the equivalent of 15 to 20 below zero. Even the Arkansas Ozarks can get mighty cold!

Makes me glad to be in Seoul, where the temperature is tropical, just a bit below zero celsius . . .

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At 12:13 PM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...


Nice photo!

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Yes, more folks should visit Ernst's website.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YES! It has been colder than normal so far this winter. We have already had three significant ice/sleet/snow events which is way above average. You know late January and February are typically the times we get "wintery" so we may not be done.

Good news is the Artic Express has moved back north and we are expecting temps in the 50's this weekend.


At 10:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the joys of farm life is getting out in the fresh air early in the morning, feeding the cows, dogs & cats, then trudging down to the pond and chopping holes in the ice on the pond so the cows can drink. One morning it was five degrees below zero.
The previous evening I had chopped six holes, about two feet square. Next morning the ice was four inches thick where it had been cleared. I was chopping away on the first one, looked around, and my bull was standing behind me, about two feet away.
I tried to shoo him away, but he just stood there looking at me.
I finished clearing the hole, moved on to the next one, and he got a drink. This adds a little
incentive to get the work done.


At 3:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is funny Cran! The bull knew he better not "butt" in on your work if he wanted a drink! Too bad your wayward nephew is not around to do that chopping for you. Hopefully this weekend's thaw clears up the pond ice for you.


At 5:49 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Wayward nephew? Cousin Bill seems okay to me.

Jeffery Hodges

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