Happy Holidays! I hope everyone who is reading this is enjoying their holiday season. White Christmases are in short supply this year, and New England is no exception - only the higher ground has any significant snow. The Interior West is socked in with cold and snow, but Vermont is expecting yet another rainy, slushy, icy mess tomorrow. Burlington is expected to pick up enough rain and wet snow to make this the wettest year on record... and the same is true for most of the rest of Vermont. It's been an eventful year for watershed issues in Vermont, especially during and after Hurricane Irene, but also with heavy spring melt floods in many areas. However, so far this winter it has not been a good year for one of my favorite side projects - using food coloring to color icicles. It's been quite cold at times, but the storms have come with warm air and brought mostly rain and few icicles. Still, I've managed to find a few to color.
At one point I took matters into my own hands and created icicles using a milk carton with holes in it.
It worked! Unfortunately this little shed is in a sunny south-facing location so by mid-morning on a sunny day the icicles fall off even if it is well below freezing.
And, lastly, here's water diffusing on an icy gravel road.
There's been lots of discussion on salt application to icy roads lately, but that's a subject for another post. Meanwhile, enjoy the holidays!