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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Here's another bit of good news - I just had a note from Marti Talbot - she and David just returned from another trip - this time to Antarctica! Marti has some pictures on her BLOG, so check it out. Great pictures, and so good to know David was feeling well enough to do this.
     This is the first day for a while that we haven't had snowflakes falling. It's been on the chilly side - in the 20s, and colder  tonight, but at least no snow the last time I checked. I heard another storm warning tonight while we were watching the news, so spring isn't here just yet.
This picture came from Tom and Camilla Dente this morning. Butch and Susan Bouchard stopped by to see them on Valentine's Day! Tom said it was great seeing some Joe's Ponders.
     It's very special to see Camilla looking so good. Both she and Tom have had a lot going on this winter. We send best wishes and lots of prayers their way every day. Looking forward to seeing all four of these JPAers back at Joe's Pond this spring. 

Saturday, February 16, 2019

     We've seen just about all the different kinds of weather there is this past week. We went from well below zero to rain and back again several times, with a new coat of snow with each change. This amounted to snow every day. We thought today was going to be different - the beginning of a stretch of nice, sunny days. We got the sun, but along with it, more snow! The sun was shining brightly this afternoon and there were lovely fluffy, sparkling snowflakes falling steadily. I wish I'd thought to look for a rainbow. There must have been one out there. A few minutes later the wind was blowing a gale and for a few minutes we had blizzard conditions, like in March. Or January. It sure is interesting weather this year. 
     In a way, it's been really good for me because I've needed to stay at my computer writing every day. When the weather is nasty, that isn't bad duty! We walked up to wish Jamie "Happy Birthday" last night, and it was really quite nice. We knew there was lots of ice underfoot, but we both had our creepers on, so we were able to manage very well.
     I looked out this morning at the measuring pole I finally got put up out in the back yard, thinking I'd report how many feet of snow there is on the ground. The pole was completely covered with snow the whole length of it so I couldn't read any of the numbers at all. I would guess there's about three feet out there, but honestly, I can't figure out how to get out to actually measure it. There are high snowbanks everywhere that sort of create a wall that's higher than I want to try to navigate. I've tried that a few times in the past and it's a bear to get up there with all the gear I have to take to measure the snow depth. I'm sure my measurements won't be missed all that much.
     I took this picture of our deck a few nights ago. Interesting, isn't it?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Nearly every winter we learn about trucks or cars going through the ice on ponds where people are ice fishing. It isn't uncommon on Joe's Pond to see several cars and pickup trucks parked near ice shantys where folks are fishing. The temptation to drive out onto the ice with all your gear instead of pulling it out on a toboggan is great, especially when the ice is a foot or more thick. But it can be dangerous. The ice is not always uniformly thick. Just this week we have heard of two accidents with vehicles through the ice. One, on Willoughby Lake came over the scanner while I was working. I was relieved to hear that the occupants were out of the vehicle and ok. Here's the report: Truck Through Ice.
     A man fishing near Orwell on Lake Champlain wasn't as lucky. His truck went through the ice and he did not survive. His relatives reported him missing and his body was found yesterday. Here's the report on that: Missing Man Found .
     The state police have issued a warning to all about going onto the ice. JPA President Tom Dente sent this to me this morning.  Click to make it large enough to read.
     We have not heard of anyone going through the ice on a snow machine, but that happens, too. It's best to take extra precautions, especially if you are not very familiar with the lake or pond you are venturing onto. Ice thickness can vary with water depth and also depending on where water may be flowing into the pond from brooks or other streams. The narrows between two larger bodies of water such as we have here at Joe's Pond can be very dangerous. They are the last to freeze over and the first to break open in warm spells, so we know the ice is very thin there. The water is moving fairly swiftly through those kinds of spots and therefore it doesn't freeze as quickly or thickly.
     I'm sure all of you are anxiously awaiting my snow measurement taken this morning 😊 so here it is. I measured another six inches of light, fluffy snow. The temperature is 21 degrees, and there is still some light snow falling.  I've measured only 14 inches from this storm, but I know in nearby places there has been much more - in fact, Fred measured a strong 12 inches yesterday in the driveway when he was working with the snow blower, and I had only 8 inches on our deck. I think the wind may sweep some of the snow off because it is above ground level. It's ok - a few inches one way or the other doesn't matter that much until you have to move it. Or until it begins to melt and water goes where it shouldn't. And it all adds up to a heck of a winter this year.