A Surprise Snow Storm – January 19, 2017

19 Jan
Just two days ago I captured an image of fog over the Carson River with the snowy Sierras in the background. I’m not exactly sure what causes this, but I think it’s because the water is warmer than the air and it creates the fog. Anyway, the fog line follows the river so I know it has something to do with the river.

Just two days ago I captured an image of fog over the Carson River with the snowy Sierras in the background. I’m not exactly sure what causes this, but I think it’s because the water is warmer than the air and it creates the fog. Anyway, the fog line follows the river so I know it has something to do with the river.  The river is about 4 miles west of me

It rained most of yesterday and the wind was howling last night. When I went out to feed the birds this morning, I was surprised to walk out into a snowstorm. You can see there are some pretty cold flamingos here. Notice you cannot see much beyond the back fence. I’ll show you another picture looking that direction shortly.

It rained most of yesterday and the wind was howling last night. I was surprised to walk out into a snowstorm when I went out to feed the birds this morning. You can see there are some pretty cold flamingos here. Notice you cannot see much beyond the back fence.

The snow was blowing in from the south and that is why the fence and trees are plastered with the snow. (It's only on one side of the trees)

The snow was blowing in from the south and that is why the fence and trees are plastered on one side with the snow.

I had to give a tour at the Museum this morning and thought twice about shoveling my driveway. It is three cars wide and I generally shovel only half…to be able to get the car out. It takes quite a bit of effort to get just half done.

I was scheduled to give a tour at the Museum this morning and thought twice about shoveling my driveway. It is three cars wide and I generally shovel only half to be able to get the car out. It takes quite a bit of effort to get just half done.

It did get done and I zoomed off to Carson City about 9:30. It had quit snowing for a bit and it was brilliantly sunny. The highways were good and there were no traffic problems.  The museum tour was good and the kids were well behaved.  I like it like that.  It rained and snowed on my way home but it looked like the storm was done for the day.

This is one of my favorite late afternoon views. This is looking east toward the Pine Nut range and is basically the same view as the second picture above. The sun is shinning brightly as it is getting ready to go down behind the Sierras that lie to the west of me. Quite often the sun highlights the Pine Nuts giving them many different hues and appearances in the various seasons.

This is one of my favorite late afternoon views. This is looking east toward the Pine Nut range and is basically the same view as the second picture above. You can see a shadow of the Sierras as the sun begins to go behind the Sierras in its setting mode. Quite often in the various seasons, the sun highlights the Pine Nuts giving them many different hues and appearances .

A zoomed in view. Jerri and I take our RAZR up in these mountains to cruise on the mountain trails.

A zoomed in view of the Pine Nuts. Jerri and I take our RAZR up in these mountains to cruise on the mountain trails.

We’re expecting another storm early tomorrow morning that will give us more snow and then another on Sunday. We love this snow as the snow pack in the high elevations is growing and we like that. I might feel like I can take a longer than three minute shower this coming summer if this snow pack continues to grow.

2 Responses to “A Surprise Snow Storm – January 19, 2017”

  1. amashoo January 19, 2017 at 7:17 pm #

    I love the photographs of the snowy mountains. And, yes, the warmer water in the river causes condensation as the air cools –thus fog. In the fall as we took our boat down the river system, we were confronted many times with this dreaded river fog which hung on the river. Sometimes we could see blue sky, but nothing in front of us because the fog was so thick covering the river water.

  2. Connie Raub January 19, 2017 at 7:44 pm #

    Thanks for the great pictures! Those of us with experiences in Sacramento and the Central Valley are quite familiar with the Tule Fog coming from the Sacramento and American Rivers which sometimes would fill the valley and last for days. Glad you were able to shovel yourself out of your driveway and work your magic with the kids. It looks like snow is coming to you tomorrow and sticking around for a few days. I’m sure your Cioppino will warm everyone up. Good luck and have fun tomorrow! Love, ~Connie

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