Montana Outdoors

February 2, 2017

Cold again

Filed under: Trees, Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 1:38 pm

Today we are experiencing the seventh or eighth influx of cold Arctic air of this winter into western Montana, the most that I can recall ever seeing. This morning the beauty of it seemed greatest in the trees. These photos were taken at -6º (F).

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  1. Looks like hoar frost

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    Comment by Michael Andrew Just — February 2, 2017 @ 2:13 pm

    • Yes. The moisture component of this came from the river where the water was over 40 degrees warmer than the air.

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      Comment by montucky — February 3, 2017 @ 9:21 pm

  2. Looks like the northern groundhog is going to be right for your part of the country.

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — February 2, 2017 @ 2:18 pm

    • Our groundhog neither saw his shadow or didn’t. I think he just froze to death about a month ago.

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      Comment by montucky — February 3, 2017 @ 9:22 pm

  3. Mercy, it’s frigid out your way! The trees are absolutely beautiful though.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — February 2, 2017 @ 2:29 pm

    • This has been a winter! I’ve seen that level of frost many times this winter.

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      Comment by montucky — February 3, 2017 @ 9:23 pm

  4. Beautiful to look at but disastrous for the deer and any other browsers of twigs.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — February 2, 2017 @ 2:41 pm

    • Actually, probably not too bad. It melts fairly early in the day as long as the sun comes out at all.

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      Comment by montucky — February 3, 2017 @ 9:24 pm

      • That’s good. It’s when you have a cold snap and the ice stays like it did in some places back east last week, then it’s hard for browsers.

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        Comment by wordsfromanneli — February 4, 2017 @ 11:29 am

  5. The frost is beautiful against the deep blue of the sky.
    Our January was 8 degrees above normal for the entire month but February won’t be if today is any indication.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — February 2, 2017 @ 4:09 pm

    • I haven’t seen January statistics for here, but I know it has been over well over 20 years since such a cold January.

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      Comment by montucky — February 3, 2017 @ 9:25 pm

  6. I worship that kind of frost. It is simply a fairy tale to look at but it has probably a negative effect too?

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    Comment by Hanna — February 2, 2017 @ 5:04 pm

    • Yes, it’s beautiful, and I know of no real problem with it (other than making the roads slick) because it goes away fairly quickly.

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      Comment by montucky — February 3, 2017 @ 9:27 pm

  7. They look lovely with their snow covered branches. I think I read somewhere only the other day that winter was going to be longer than usual over your side of the world.

    (I just hope summer won’t continue too long here).

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    Comment by Vicki — February 2, 2017 @ 5:47 pm

    • I don’t know it winter will be longer, but it sure has been colder this year. Too bad we couldn’t trade a little of your heat for some of our cold, although you wouldn’t want the really cold nights.

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      Comment by montucky — February 3, 2017 @ 10:01 pm

      • Yes, I would like the cold nights, I think. I rarely feel the cold, even at night. After a couple of years, I gave my new top-of-the-range goose down doona to my Father. I’d bought it for the cold damp old apartment when I ‘retired’, but it proved too hot in my new modern apartment.

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        Comment by Vicki — February 4, 2017 @ 5:31 pm

  8. Every one of those photos is better than the last. They are truly beautiful images. There’s just nothing about that clear, blue sky to set off such magical trees. I remember you saying that cold air brings you clear skies — these certainly prove it!

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    Comment by shoreacres — February 2, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

    • Yes, it’s very pretty when that cold air is here. The trick is to get out and enjoy it. Lots of folks stay inside during the cold days and get cabin fever.

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      Comment by montucky — February 3, 2017 @ 10:04 pm

  9. Absolutely beautiful!!! That is one of my favorite looks of winter and you captured it along with a back drop of a big blue sky. Thank you

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    Comment by Ron Mangels — February 2, 2017 @ 8:21 pm

    • You would enjoy a few of these cold days here this year, Ron. I wish I could get up to that old lookout when it’s clear like that, but it just isn’t possible any more.

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      Comment by montucky — February 3, 2017 @ 10:05 pm

  10. Every single twig and needle coated in white! So beautiful! You are certainly getting a good dose of Arctic weather. By contrast it has been quite mild over here so far.

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — February 3, 2017 @ 11:16 am

    • At this point, “mild” sounds very good indeed! We’ve had a lot more snow again today and it’s still snowing lightly tonight.

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      Comment by montucky — February 3, 2017 @ 10:08 pm

  11. Hi Montucky, Hmm. A rather frosty Ground Hog Day yesterday. Excellent photographs of the snowy/icy trees. Very beautiful if chilly. Seventy one degrees and dry as a bone here in beautiful Central Florida today. Have a great weekend!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — February 3, 2017 @ 9:44 pm

    • After another sub-zero night last night, it has warmed up into the teens and will continue to warm through tomorrow, although there may be freezing rain. Quite a difference in our climates!

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      Comment by montucky — February 3, 2017 @ 10:09 pm

  12. I think you sent your cold air on east, so we could enjoy it too. A couple of bright, sunny, crispy days sandwiched in between dull, gray gloom. I’ll take the cold if it comes along with some bright sun, though.

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    Comment by Sue — February 4, 2017 @ 7:38 am

    • We are still having quite a mix. After two sub-zero nights, last night was relatively warm but dropped another 6 inches of snow. Now they think it will rain this afternoon.

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      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2017 @ 10:14 am

  13. Beautiful images .. the last is a stunner 😃

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — February 5, 2017 @ 10:57 am

  14. wow, great frosty images.
    what a winter we have had!

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    Comment by Tammie — February 5, 2017 @ 7:50 pm

    • We have indeed! I’ve been concerned about your are where the worst of it has settled in the last day or so. We’re actually OK down here were it’s manageable.

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      Comment by montucky — February 6, 2017 @ 8:35 pm

  15. Yikes, that’s cold! But awfully pretty.

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    Comment by Candace — February 10, 2017 @ 10:53 pm

    • I’m happy that the sub-zero temps have gone, at least for awhile, and it will get up to 35 today. We may even get a little sun!

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      Comment by montucky — February 11, 2017 @ 9:28 am

  16. Maybe the hoar frost is Mother Nature’s assistant when making the old scenery to a “new” one.

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    Comment by Sartenada — February 15, 2017 @ 4:25 am


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