Winter Arrives

This weekend brought us our first real proof of winter in St. Louis, mild temperatures driven out as the Arctic air pushed in.

I did not venture outdoors into the 10ºF (-12ºC) garden, but instead chose to use the long lens to show you what these temperatures mean to me from indoors. The water barrel in the front yard has a birdbath heater in it so stays iceless -- the edge gets so frosty though!


Saturday started mild and wet, but the rain started turning to big clumps of snowflakes midmorning:

This would have been the kind of snowfall you'd want to stand outside in, looking up into the endless sea of fluffy flakes...

...except for the fact that there was still rain mixed in and you would have gotten quite wet. I suppose when I was younger that wouldn't have mattered, but I wouldn't have been holding an expensive camera back then...

Temperatures continued to fall all day Saturday, and Sunday morning brought the coldest yet of this winter:

My thermometer fell into this pot so I don't trust the relative humidity readings, although the temperature is accurate enough for me -- I suppose it could be a bit colder further from the house.

The coldest weather always means clear skies, so blue:

Just a cloud or two:

Sunshine not making much difference outdoors, although the brightness almost burns your eyes...

...while indoors there's definitely some burning happening:

We're in for a bit of a weather roller coaster this week, as temps will get back up to 53º F (11ºC) later this week then drop again.

Will the pond stay frozen? Will the ground turn muddy again?

I suppose I'd take a soggy, muddy walk around the garden if it meant that temps were staying above freezing for much of the time. The cold sure does make things pretty though!

Anybody else experience a cold snap this past weekend?


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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (January 11, 2016 at 10:42 AM)  

Brrrrr. Reminds me of Christmas in Mount Shasta when we had 10°F one night. Beautiful photos but too cold to venture outside.

I see you're putting your furniture pieces through a winter stress test...

Mark and Gaz  – (January 11, 2016 at 2:36 PM)  

Looks pretty outside but brrrr....

That fire looks so inviting though!

Renee  – (January 11, 2016 at 9:51 PM)  

Ice and snow always looks so pretty...from far away. 😊 We're due for a week of warm before they promise more rain!

danger garden  – (January 12, 2016 at 12:29 AM)  

No cold snap here last weekend, we got that out of the way the week before. BTW I noticed the same thing as Gerhard and must say your furniture looks fabulous in the snow!

outlawgardener  – (January 12, 2016 at 9:02 AM)  

No cold snap. Actually got to see sun and blue sky for part of the weekend. Never fear, the gray and rain are back. Snow is so beautiful!

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