Sunday, October 23, 2005


Remember yesterday's post about the rain? Ferget about it!

It rained really hard yesterday afternoon and into the night. When I went to bed at 11:30 after the ball game it was to the sound of raindrops on the metal roof. Around 2:30 AM I awoke because it had gotten deathly quiet. I groaned because I didn't really want to go out hunting again on Sunday and the forecasters had promised rain through the morning hours. (Not seeing deer, having a sore back, and the prospect of getting wet didn't thrill me.) I rolled over and went back to sleep. When the alarm went off at 5:45 I looked outside to find it was snowing pretty hard and there was an inch to an inch and a half on the ground. The Cold Brook forecast says it is just cloudy. HA! And that there is a 100% chance of showers all day with up to a half inch of rain. If it stays as snow long there could be trouble because there are still a lot of leaves on the trees.

Snow is a mixed blessing: fresh tracks are easy to spot and follow; brown deer against white background are easier to see; but wet snow on trees with leaves can block the sight line and bring down branches; it's still wet, especially when followed by showers.

The winds are still coming off Lake Ontario and even here some 75-100 miles away, we're getting NNW winds full of moisture.

North of here, up in Hamilton County, and east in Warren and Fulton Counties they have had as much as 8-10 inches of snow above the 2000 foot elevation as of 10 AM. That has got to have caused power outages.

I'm sitting at around 1600 feet and it has switched over to a steady drizzle.

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