Saturday, January 26, 2013

winter weather roller-coaster

a couple weeks ago it was -8F and everything froze ... then just this past wednesday it was 66F and i was wearing a short-sleeve t-shirt ... the rancher's brother says that this is the strangest winter weather he has ever seen here ...

the average annual rainfall in this state is 11 inches ... last year we got about half that ... at the ranch, probably half of that ... today there was a 100% chance of rain ... and it did rain ... it spit ... i didn't put the gauge out ... but i assure you it was nothing ...

the rancher's brother is worried that another cold spell is coming and that everything will freeze again ... he said that without snow, there is no insulation ... and the cold really penetrates the ground ... that last cold spell froze the ground 24 inches down ...

i heard that just down the road they were using chainsaws to cut holes in frozen drinking troughs ... then placing barrels in the holes and burning fires to thaw everything out.

i fear that the rancher's brother is probably right ... it is after all only january.