Montana Outdoors

December 29, 2014

Cold spell

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 4:56 pm

Mt Baldy ~ December 2014

You can tell by the color of the sky that tonight’s forecast of -10º F will be about right.


  1. burrrrr! Beautiful but cold. Thanks for posting this wintery photo. Hugs


    Comment by Anonymous — December 29, 2014 @ 5:18 pm

    • Yes, the very cold, clear days in winter are very beautiful. There is a price to be paid for those clear skies in winter, but I think it is worth it.


      Comment by montucky — December 29, 2014 @ 8:56 pm

  2. Such a beautiful landscape. Thanks for sharing, Terry.
    (Our summer has gone haywire again. After a glorious day on Saturday, yesterday & today are overcast, not much light and decidedly on the cool side).


    Comment by Vicki — December 29, 2014 @ 5:29 pm

    • Thanks Vicki. Well, a little cool weather in summer is a respite from the heat. (That’s hard for me to say from here in the middle of our winter!)


      Comment by montucky — December 29, 2014 @ 8:57 pm

  3. But I here it’s a dry cold. Beautiful scene!


    Comment by centralohionature — December 29, 2014 @ 6:07 pm

    • Yes, it is a dry cold and quite tolerable. In this immediate area we don’t get much of the wind that accompanies these cold fronts so it doesn’t feel as cold. And we’re used to it. 80 miles from here in Missoula (where I grew up) there is a canyon at the north end of town that is called “Hellgate” because of the winds that roar through it when these storms come.


      Comment by montucky — December 29, 2014 @ 9:00 pm

  4. A really wintery scene. Cold but beautiful.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — December 29, 2014 @ 7:13 pm

    • For those who get along with the cold, the scenes are beautiful. I rather like this one because it includes the last of the clouds that brought the last blanket of snow. The clouds will return Friday night bringing more snow and much warmer temperatures.

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      Comment by montucky — December 29, 2014 @ 9:03 pm

  5. Your pictures sometimes look edible to me with all that beautiful white. They remind me of icing, sugar and desserts. Beautiful. 🙂


    Comment by Jane — December 29, 2014 @ 8:37 pm

    • That snow is indeed edible, especially high on the mountain. There are very few impurities in the air up there. That will be the source of our summer stream water as well as for the underground aquifers. Snow and rain I consider with reverence because they make our lives here possible.

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      Comment by montucky — December 29, 2014 @ 9:06 pm

  6. In the cold blue sky…..clouds mimicking mountain tops!


    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — December 30, 2014 @ 1:38 am

    • That’s a favorite place for clouds to gather. Many of them actually form there.


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2014 @ 2:39 pm

  7. Wow! Wrap up warm! Lovely photo.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — December 30, 2014 @ 3:06 am

    • Oh yes! It was below zero last night and probably won’t leave the single digits today. I will take advantage of the clear sky!


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2014 @ 2:40 pm

  8. Yes, it does rather look like it will be cold and clear…and beautiful, as well.


    Comment by seekraz — December 30, 2014 @ 7:21 am

    • this is the kind of cold snap that I like best; cold, clear, and brief!


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

  9. It looks like winter has truly arrived. That’s a beautiful scene.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — December 30, 2014 @ 8:04 am

    • Yes, I think winter will be with us now for the next three months.


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

  10. Brrrr….but, incredibly beautiful!


    Comment by Lucy — December 30, 2014 @ 9:37 am

  11. Woo, that’s COLD but oh, so beautiful.


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — December 30, 2014 @ 10:04 am

    • Fortunately we are used to it and equipped for it and so can enjoy it. Cold and clear and an ample wood pile.


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2014 @ 2:46 pm

  12. -18 at my house in Helena right now. Nice sun, at least.


    Comment by westerner54 — December 30, 2014 @ 10:31 am

    • That’s cold! We haven’t even approached that yet this winter.


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

  13. Oh, yikes. It’s been getting in the 30s here for the last several nights and it’s cold!!!!


    Comment by Candace — December 30, 2014 @ 9:19 pm

    • I remember it was cold there in the 30’s. Now the 30’s deserve only a light sweatshirt.


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2014 @ 9:27 pm

  14. And here I come, rolling in with a report of 43F. You’d call that summer — or at least late spring. What we do have is an east wind, off the water, and I’ll take 0 degrees where it’s truly dry over 32F wtih a damp, nasty wind. For one thing, the dry air brings those gorgeous skies, and sometimes squeaky snow. I love the crunch and squeak — winter’s full of sounds as well as sights.


    Comment by shoreacres — December 30, 2014 @ 9:58 pm

    • You are right. When we get past that part of the year when it is in the low thirties with high humidity and light rain, when everything finally freezes and dries out, it feels much warmer. And when there is a warm blanket of snow on the roof, it is warmer yet. Of course there is still that thing when the moisture in my breath makes an icicle out of my mustache as it did this morning.


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2014 @ 10:18 pm

  15. The perspective in this is beautiful and awe inspiring.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — January 1, 2015 @ 7:24 am

    • It’s a favorite place that I get to see every day. And it does indeed help to keep things in perspective.


      Comment by montucky — January 1, 2015 @ 8:13 pm

  16. Extra cold on the mountaintop I bet!


    Comment by Watching Seasons — January 14, 2015 @ 8:21 pm

    • It would be. It is always windy at the top and I’ve spent many very cold summer days there. Winter, with those strong winds is bitter cold!


      Comment by montucky — January 14, 2015 @ 8:37 pm

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