Thursday, February 19, 2015

Unusual Weather

Let's talk about the weather; this strange winter weather we're having. First, let me say that my heart goes out to those on the east coast.  I cannot begin to imagine the difficulties that come with the massive amounts of snow you've received and the bitterly cold temperatures. I pray each day that you are safe and warm. I love winter, the cold and snow, but winter here in Arkansas is not so difficult.  Our weather is quite diverse. Let me tell you about it.

Last Sunday was a gorgeous day. The sun was shining, the skies were a brilliant blue, and it was 73 degrees. I spent most of the afternoon outside soaking in some sun. I was still a bit under the weather, so I just sat and looked and listened and was still. 

Sunday night the temperature began to drop and it began to sleet. We woke up Monday morning to about 2" of sleet. We even had sleet drifts of up to 4". Now, that created an icy mess! Our city literally shut down. Our high was 37 degrees. A big change from Sunday!

 It looks pretty and even looks like snow, but it's not.

But, wait there's more. We woke up on Wednesday morning and it had snowed during the night. Just a dusting, but hey, it was snow and I loved it. I just regretted that I slept through it. I understand it was about thirty minutes of very heavy snowfall.  Oh well, I was still excited to see it.

It wasn't much, but it was enough to cap the gumballs and fill this little lichen cup.

On with the weather story, we're not though yet. Yesterday brought a little thaw, it was 41 degrees and sunny, but it also brought very high winds that chilled me to the bone.  Today we're still sunny and cold. That brings us to tomorrow, well tomorrow we're supposed to have thunderstorms!!! So goodbye to the sleet and the snow...bring on the rain and mud!

Let's recap here...                
    sunny and warm
cold and sleet
 cold and snow
wind and sun

Our family loves the Wizard Of Oz. We've watched it over and over. There is a line from the movie that we love and still repeat quite frequently.  Do you remember the scene when Dorothy, The Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow are under a deep sleep in a field of poppies? Suddenly Glinda the Good Witch causes it to snow. Upon waking the Cowardly Lion comments...

"Unusual weather we're havin', ain't it?"

That sums up Arkansas weather!  We're definitely never bored!


  1. Lovely photos of your Arkansas weather, Cathy! Having never been to Arkansas, I always imagined it as warm and sunny. I guess the entire country is getting hit this winter, but none so terribly as poor Boston. My sister lives right in the city and has sent some unbelievable photos--I just don't see how the city is still functioning...

  2. You've made the winter look so pretty. Living near woodlands as you do is a real blessing. If you don't like your weather, wait five minutes.

  3. Wow quite the gamut of weather there. As much as I dislike the snow, I hate ice, so I guess I will just keep snow blowing :)

  4. I love all the moods of your moody weather here. My favourite is the frozen stream! I love The Wizard of Oz too and I was fortunate to see a theatre version of it in London. It was simply wonderful - and when Glinda makes it snow, the whole theatre is full of falling (imitation) snow! I loved it so much that I caught some and put it in my bag!

  5. I can't add a thing- this is the Arkansas I know and love. I was hoping the person who has predicted a tornado threat was sipping some wine or something because that will be the craziest end to these past couple of weeks.

  6. Your weather does make for more excitement and photographic opps, doesn't it? I like variability, and we get quite a bit in our weather, foggy and cold, sunny and warm, cloudy and windy -- often all in one day! Your photos do justice to nature's work -- you even make the icy sleet look good.

  7. Seeing the frozen shots of the gumballs brought back lots of memories of having to rack those pesky things so we wouldn't step on them.....Your winter shots are gorgeous; I love the shot of the stream....

  8. My you have had the different weather. I think I'd rather have snow then sleet.

  9. Lovely photos of your diverse weather conditions - It's summer her so we're enjoying warm, humid days so it's quite lovely to look at some sleet & snow :)

  10. Okay that is quite the collection of weather systems you have experienced. I can't decide if that is better or worse than days and days of bitter (wind chills in the minus 20's) cold. I suppose all we can do is try to enjoy it all, whatever nature brings.

  11. and I can just hear that cowardly lion say his line! My goodness, your variety of weather makes ours seem rather boring! And you always capture the beauty of winter (or any season) in your images.

  12. Sounds like that old joke, "If you don't like our weather right now, just wait a few minutes." What a variety you've had over such a short period of time. From 73 one day to 37 the next is amazing. This winter really has been one for the record books.

  13. It's february, I prefer cold and snow ;)

    Lovely images!!


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