Montana Outdoors

December 15, 2008

Cold arctic air

Filed under: Montana, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 7:27 pm

Along with most of the country, we’re enjoying (?!) the influx of cold arctic air. Sure does make for some pretty skies though.

Cold arctic air

(The view from the same place looked like this back in June.)

American vetch


  1. Well… at least the top photograph is not crawling with insects, haha. Both shots are beautiful though. Those mountains are spectacular.


    Comment by Tabbie — December 16, 2008 @ 3:33 am

  2. That’s a good point, Tabbie! We haven’t had weather this cold for maybe 10 years and really need it to kill a bunch of the harmful insects, like pine beetles. Mosquitos have been especially bad the last few years, too. (Last night’s low was -10°).


    Comment by montucky — December 16, 2008 @ 9:50 am

  3. Remember the song “Baby, Its Cold Outside?” Yes, indeed, it certainly is. Brrrrrrrr!

    I like it when you contrast these photos — such a difference an 80˚ swing makes, yes? 🙂


    Comment by Bo — December 16, 2008 @ 11:54 am

  4. Oh, man, yesterday was a pretty pretty day. I had to go out and run a couple of errands (and it seemed like a good idea to start my car and let him run for a bit) and it was just absolutely beautiful. Cold and crisp and sunny. I loved it (even when I was pumping gas and my fingers were cold). Today looks just as pretty, if colder.

    I hadn’t thought about the point that you and Tabbie make about it killing harmful insects–I hope it does knock down the pine beetles some, that would be excellent.

    The wordpress snowflakes seem particularly appropriate falling across that top picture. 😀 Beautiful, and a beautiful contrast between them!


    Comment by gradschoolsara — December 16, 2008 @ 2:43 pm

  5. Bo,

    Yes, that is just about an 80° swing. The first photo was taken at 5° and the one from June was probably in the 80’s at least.


    Comment by montucky — December 16, 2008 @ 3:35 pm

  6. Sara,

    I think your temps have been a little colder than ours. We were -10° last night for the over night low. It’s 7° now (at 2:30). It does make for some pretty, clear skies. I always like to see a short spell of this every winter, but this one promises to be a little longer than I prefer, not that I have much choice.


    Comment by montucky — December 16, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

  7. It is colder here, you’re right. According to the weather-widget on my computer desktop (and I’m not sure where it gets its information from) it’s -2 degrees only (at 3 pm). And when I got up this morning it said -13.

    It’s a little frustrating for me because looking at the forecasts, the next couple of days should be in the teens here…but then Saturday it’ll be back in single digits. Saturday weather strikes again. 😀


    Comment by gradschoolsara — December 16, 2008 @ 4:06 pm

  8. Sara,

    I just looked at the forecast again (National Weather Service) and they just revised it to predict much colder weather through the weekend. Jack Frost is messing with your weekends!


    Comment by montucky — December 16, 2008 @ 4:49 pm

  9. I think I prefer the summer view! 🙂


    Comment by silken — December 19, 2008 @ 2:09 pm

  10. Silken,

    By now I’ve become climatized to the winter again, and really prefer the cold temperatures for hiking. (Of course that includes a goose down parka.)


    Comment by montucky — December 19, 2008 @ 2:53 pm

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