Montana Outdoors

December 7, 2009

Arctic air

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 7:25 pm

Cold pond

Don’t let the clear blue sky deceive you; it’s cold! It was about 8° this afternoon when this picture was taken. It has since drifted down to -4°, and -12° is expected for tonight’s low. After just two cold nights, the ice on the pond is over 2 inches thick.



  1. Love the “snow” falling in the photo. 🙂 It does look cold! Wish I was on that pond with my ice skates! Love you!


    Comment by juls — December 7, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

    • I was just thinking about when we used to skate on the ponds. The one at Weeksville has ice again this year and the one on River Road looked inviting the other day. It would be fun to do that again! Love you too, Hon!


      Comment by montucky — December 7, 2009 @ 9:25 pm

  2. Terry:

    We can’t compete with that here in Everett. The temps are only supposed to be in the teens tonight — and no snow 😦


    Comment by Chad — December 7, 2009 @ 9:42 pm

    • The teens is pretty cold for you though, isn’t it Chad? I’ll be happy when the night temps again are in the teens. I’m really not so fond of the sub-zero stuff. The roads are still clear in this immediate area though, so that’s good.


      Comment by montucky — December 7, 2009 @ 9:47 pm

  3. So pretty… The temps here are in the teens with wind chill. Tonights temps won’t need the wind chill’s help to get that low. I can smell the coolness in the air outside. I love it!


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — December 7, 2009 @ 10:10 pm

    • We were supposed to have some wind tonight, but it’s calm now. We’re now at -2° so we don’t really need wind chill! I do like the clear sky and all the stars though when it’s this cold.


      Comment by montucky — December 7, 2009 @ 11:16 pm

  4. Oh, brrrr, I’d be inside under a blankie if I was up there. You’re a brave guy.


    Comment by Candace — December 8, 2009 @ 3:33 am

    • Turned out not as bad as forecast: the low last night was only -7°.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2009 @ 9:45 am

  5. and I’ll bet that weather is headed my way!


    Comment by Cedar — December 8, 2009 @ 7:34 am

    • Probably is, Cedar. There was a wind with this one that was quite unpleasant too.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2009 @ 9:47 am

  6. Down to -17 tonight! Talk about a drastic change. Only a few days ago it was in the mid 40’s!


    Comment by scienceguy288 — December 8, 2009 @ 9:59 am

  7. Put another log on the fire and get those extra conforters down out of the attic.

    It’s currently 44 degrees and raining in north Georgia. Temps have been down into the low 30s several times, but that’s it so far.



    Comment by knightofswords — December 8, 2009 @ 11:07 am

    • Yes, I’ve been putting plenty of wood on the fire! I watched a little of the national weather this morning. I think your weather has come from a storm that originated in California. If that one had come this way we’d be in snow up to our chins! 44 degrees sounds pretty good to us at the moment!


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2009 @ 11:32 am

  8. Is it any warmer in North Dakota say in early January? Heading out that way. 🙂

    Even the sky looks cold in this photo. Bet your batteries don’t last long at those temps.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — December 8, 2009 @ 11:17 am

    • North Dakota is probably colder than we are here in January! Be prepared! In this whole area (Idaho, Montana North Dakota) we have fairly cold winters but it gets really cold when the Arctic air mass dips south and visits, which is usually no more than a week or so each winter.

      The light blue to the sky is a sign of Arctic air, and it is cold! When I hike around in the very cold weather I take a smaller camera, one that I can keep inside my coat. You’re right, a battery charge doesn’t last too long in those temps. Several years ago I had regular batteries in a little digital that I had and they quit entirely. Luckily I had some lithiums with me and they revived it so I could get some hunting pictures.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2009 @ 11:39 am

  9. Wow! That does look cold with the ice! That is the kind of cold that hurts. Lovely chilly capture! 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — December 8, 2009 @ 2:00 pm

    • Just a few more nights of the extreme cold here, but I see it’s moving on to other places.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2009 @ 3:40 pm

  10. Clear blue winter skies tell me the thermometer is probably registering below zero. Looks so pretty, but sure doesn;t keep the earth warm like a thick cloud cover! 🙂


    Comment by Bo Mackison — December 10, 2009 @ 10:15 am

    • Yes, we had a few clouds move in today and it was warmer. Still cold tonight though, then we’re supposed to get some snow finally.


      Comment by montucky — December 10, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

  11. The color of the marsh grasses is perfection.


    Comment by Aggie Aglaia — December 14, 2009 @ 10:11 am

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