Some photos from the ice storm

December 30, 2013

Last weekend a big ice storm blew through our area. This is fairly unusual, and it caused a great deal of havoc for Christmas travellers. The biggest problem, however, was that the ice on the trees caused many branches to break, and the branches fell on power lines, and the power lines broke, and hundreds of thousands of people found themselves shivering in the dark on Christmas Eve.

Although the storm hit our immediate area, there seems to have been relatively little damage — certainly it wasn’t as bad here as it was downtown, where the trees are older and bigger. Anyway, I thought I’d post a few pictures that I took during and after the storm. Being more or less untroubled by the power outages, the main impression the storm left for me was its beauty: all those tree branches coated with ice, like a delicate filigree that shimmers in the light.

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To get the car door open, we first tried a blow dryer, but eventually resorted to a hammer and chisel.

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This branch is normally about 5 feet off the ground.

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The morning after: ice and snow in the treetops.

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It couldn’t be better if it was painted on.

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In the evening light, the trees look as though they’re made of crystal. This photo doesn’t do them justice.

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Another dusting of snow atop the ice.

Yesterday we had a bit of melting, so the heavy branches have had their burdens lifted to some degree. Tomorrow we drop back into the deep freeze, and winter is expected to proceed more or less as usual.

13 Responses to “Some photos from the ice storm”

  1. Reg Says:

    Those images are so beautiful! I can only try to imagine what it must look like on a grand scale with everything covered in a thick coat of ice and sparkling in the sun.

  2. Janet Cupo Says:

    Very nice, Craig! We get an ice storm almost every year, and it is very beautiful, although we would be in a mess if the power were out for very long. We had some pretty heavy ice earlier this month, and on the day the ice melted and fell off the trees, it sounded like there was a mighty storm going on in the yard-lots of dripping water and then all the crashing ice.

    AMDG

  3. cburrell Says:

    I’m surprised, Janet, to hear that you have ice storms in your neighbourhood. In my imagination it’s always hot there.

    We were out walking this weekend when the temperature was rising, and we witnessed a lot of ice falling from trees and traffic lights. Thankfully nothing hit us.

    You’re right, Reg, about the grand scale: it is amazing to think of how much ice formed during those two days! It was not just on the trees in our yard or along the road, but out in the middle of the farmers’ fields as well: every stalk of corn, every shrub, every twig in the forest. Weather is really quite incredible.

    • Janet Says:

      We’ve had quite a few days in the low 20s F., so maybe -2C. It’s just around freezing now. Some days it gets warm and then we have bad thunderstorms.

      It is amazing how every single blade of grass and pine needle gets coated with ice individually. There’s a field of pine trees on the way to work that were all twisted and bent over. It looked like something from a Tim Burton film.

      AMDG

      • cburrell Says:

        Hmm. I didn’t know that. It makes sense that ice would be a hazard for you: the risk is greatest when the temperature is hovering around the freezing point.

        I hope you had (and are having) a good Christmas!

      • Janet Says:

        Went to an early vigil Mass on Christmas Eve feeling fine–bit of a cough–and ended up having to practically be carried out of church. I had a pretty virulent case of the flu. After the first 20 hours or so, it wasn’t too terribly horrible and I just sat in a chair in the corner of the living room and left my grown kids serve Christmas dinner and clean up, so that wasn’t too bad. Everybody had a great time.

        I’m going to be writing something on the blog in the next couple of days about meeting my 37 year old niece, who was put up for adoption at birth, and never heard from again until very recently. She’s coming to my house Wednesday for dinner! I’m so excited.

        AMDG

  4. Janet Says:

    Somewhere south of -13C tonight. Save us! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    AMDG

  5. cburrell Says:

    That is cold, Janet! Colder than here. Wrap up tight!

  6. Janet Says:

    Well, we survived. At the moment it’s only -7C. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    AMDG

  7. cburrell Says:

    It’s -40C here, but I’m glad at least one of us is going to make it to spring.

    • Janet Says:

      Well
      ,i hope one of us makes it without the hot water pipes bursting, but it won’t be me. I like -40 because it’s the same, but then I don’t have to deal with it.

      AMDG

  8. cburrell Says:

    Your pipes burst? I am really sorry to hear that. I’ll stop complaining.

    And I’ll stop typing too, as I can hardly move my fingers.

  9. Janet Says:

    Just one I think and easily fixed–easy for a plumber. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sorry about your fingers.

    AMDG


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