17 thoughts on “Winter is icumin in

  1. I’ve heard the odd weather attributed to a la niña. Here in southern California we just had rain, which means that sometime down the road you folks can expect more bad weather of your own.

  2. Winter is icumen in,
    Lhude sing Goddamm,
    Raineth drop and staineth slop,
    And how the wind doth ramm!
    Sing: Goddamm.
    Skiddeth bus and sloppeth us,
    An ague hath my ham.
    Freezeth river, turneth liver,
    Damm you; Sing: Goddamm.
    Goddamm, Goddamm, ’tis why I am, Goddamm,
    So ‘gainst the winter’s balm.
    Sing goddamm, damm, sing goddamm,
    Sing goddamm, sing goddamm, DAMM.

    – Ezra Pound

  3. “It’s been a cold winter so far…”

    You’re aware that winter doesn’t officially start until next week?

    1. The meteorological winter starts on December 1. Midwinter falls on December 21.

      (So I suppose winter must end on January 10.)

    1. Indeed, and the grist isn’t just from Cleveland, either, which would be no surprise to Lefty (of Pancho and Lefty).

      In Sweden too – today’s paper there says it’s the coldest pre-winter in 150yr. Even if you can’t read Swedish, check the accompanying photo here! http://www.dn.se/nyheter/sverige/kallaste-forvintern-pa-150-ar-skapar-problem-1.1228599

      This is causing all the usual sorts of problems, and it’s not much different Vienna & Frankfurt. Explanations are apparently hard to come by, but high pressure over Iceland and low pressure over the Azores should be the other way around.

  4. In the interest of science, I must point out that “rime” is actually ice formations, on the windward side of objects. that forms out of freezing fog as the wind drives it against things like trees, buildings, wires, etc. — even, sometimes against mountain faces. It’s ice formations are very light and feathery, not unlike thin blades of snow all stuck together in fractal-looking formations. It is probably the most beautiful (and sometimes dangerous) forms of frozen water.

    The video demonstrates pretty clearly that the ice is formed from liquid water )notice waves crashing over the scene) and the ice is solid and bulky. It looks more like a beautiful clear marble covering. wax dripped from a candle.

    A wonderful video,by the way.

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