Thursday, January 26, 2012

What is sleet?

As I look out my window at the darkening skies, I hear the faint pings at the window.  I look out to see that the small pool of water, half ice, that rests on the covered swimming pool filled with ripples.  It's a mix of rain and sleet outside.  The storm is moving in quicker then expected, allowing for just enough cold air to create sleet.  Now every time it begins to sleet I come across a number of people who believe it is hailing out! Although they're are just misinformed it still is annoying!  So read the following link to learn the difference between sleet and hail!  Hail or Sleet? There is a difference!  and check out Crazy Hail Storm Videos to see the difference!

Diagram showing how sleet forms based on the vertical temperature profile during a winter storm.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Purple sky 1/22/12

Photo doesn't give the sky justice, the sky was a beautiful purple color at sunset!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Final snow total 1/21/12

Below is your typical photo of a ruler in the snow, ended up with 8 inches in my yard! The other photo is of a snow covered azalea bush.

Marley enjoying winter 1/21/12

Marley enjoying the snowy weather! Marley is my dog, who loves to roll around in the snow! He gets just as excited about the snow as I do!

Still snowing! 1/21/12

Still snowing here in Connecticut! Here some iPhone photos from my yard, looks great outside!!

Surprise accumulation

Storms not over yet but southern Connecticut seems to be the bulls eye for snow totals, almost 7.5 inches so far! Was only expecting 3-5 inches. I love when we get a little more than expected!

Snow shows up for winter 1/21/12

Snow finally showed up this winter, not much but it makes everything look nice!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sunset 1/20/12

Photo of cool clouds and the setting sun over the coastline. Taken on my iPhone from the commuter train. High clouds from the approaching snowstorm!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Cool cloud at sunset 1/16/12

The light colors in this cloud at sunset seem to soften the chills of the below freezing temperatures!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Coastal Flooding 1/12/12

We had some coastal flooding  during high tide yesterday 1/12/12 along Long Island Sound, here's a photo i took with my phone driving through some of the flooding, however it got even deeper a half an hour later, closing the road.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Cool clouds 1/8/2012

Some cool cloud photos I took with my iPhone

Icy Road Pile Ups!

This winter is has been nothing like last year so far.  Temperatures have been much warmer and most of the nation hasn't seen any snow.  The scary thing about the first snow is usually everyone forgets how to drive in it!  Here are some videos showing cars sliding all over the place on icy roads.  The first video is the most recent from last week in West  Virginia where a sudden snow squall created black ice on a highway.  Warning the video has some inappropriate language for younger viewers. 

First video just happend last week!
The Next video is from 2010 and shows a very icy hill!
One of the more impressive videos!