Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Nor' Easter by Susan L.

  My thoughts and prayers are for those who live in the northeastern US where anywhere from thirty to ninety centimeters of snow are expected to fall. I'll raise these prayers as well for Canadian neighbours to the south and east who are also in line for this wintery blast.
  A vicious winter storm with high winds and a significant snow fall make for dangerous conditions. Keep safe. Keep warm. Drive carefully or not at all. Be patient with travel cancellations and airport closures. The airlines can't do much about Mother Nature.
  I was afraid it was going to be another Terrible Tuesday today. Named so because when we've had bad weather this winter, it fell regularly on a Tuesday. This meant small group got cancelled several times. Not today. We only got a dusting of the white stuff.
  Lake effect snow can be a doozy. Arctic air passes over the deep, and much warmer, Great Lakes. It scoops up a ton of moisture. Once it hits the cold land, the moisture condenses. Voila! Snow falls anywhere downwind. Because the winter has been very mild, the lakes are even warmer.
  I watched a show about weather yesterday. There's an experiment I'd love to try although I think it needs two people. It uses a large, plastic pop bottle with a bit of water in it. I'm not sure how to temporarily seal the mouth of the bottle because there needs to be a bicycle pump attached to it. By one person using the pump to fill the bottle with pressurized air then the other suddenly opening it up, an instant cloud was made inside the bottle. It was really cool to watch!
  There's something amazing, too, about the idea of holding a cloud in the palm of your hands...
  "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters." Gen 1:1-2

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