Sunday, December 09, 2007

Freezing Rain

Today we have had the seasons first freezing rain. I had never encountered this phenomenon before moving to West Lafayette. It leaves for very pretty scenes but alas has also has a very dangerous element to it.

In short, it is precipitation that starts as snow in the upper atmosphere but melts on the way down. If the temperatures are below freezing at ground this rain freezes upon impact. The pictures below of branches covered in ice are from our garden this evening. The danger is that everything becomes weighed down and power lines and trees are normally the first victims. You may recall that we had damage last year so we are keeping our fingers crossed tonight..

Have a great week everybody.



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