Friday, February 3, 2017

Skywatch Friday - Groundhog Day

Yesterday, Groundhog Day, no groundhog would have seen his or her shadow.

So we can all hope, here in upstate New York, for an early spring.

Yesterday, while the nation's groundhogs were trying to predict if we were going to have six more weeks of winter or an early spring, we had lake effect snow squalls.  Here are a couple of shots.

These squalls, incidentally, come quickly and can sometimes cause near whiteout conditions in mere seconds.   In other parts of upstate New York, they can dump several inches of snow in a matter of inches.

This one was bit more sedate.


During the squall. 

Right after the squall.  Several minutes after this picture, the sky was blue, as if nothing had ever happened.

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31 comments:

  1. Mother Nature is a crazy one. Some groundhogs saw their shadows some did not. I say those that do...it's because of the bright spot lights on them.

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    1. I think you are right. They've made it into too much of an event, I believe.

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  2. so amazing to see so much snow and to hear how quickly it came and went - so different to where we are. Hope the sunshine sticks around for you.

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    1. Today (Saturday) it is a bright, sunny day. At last!

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  3. Love your snow pictures. So pretty. I like snow when I don't have to shovel it or drive in it.

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  4. It's as if a certain politician decided to tweet...

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    1. Ha ha, although very little about that politician is funny.

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  5. You can never predict Mother Naature's happenings! It is so full of surprises. Liked the before and after shots.

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    1. We don't even get the worst of the snow squalls. I never want to see a bad one.

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  6. Nature, like life, is unpredictable! I live in the south and the temps go from 70 one day to 40s the next. Crazy weather all over the planet!

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    1. You are so right. It is scary because you can't predict anything anymore.

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  7. I bet it's kinda pretty to see come in like that but I wouldn't like to have these sorta temperamental weather conditions. Great SWF photos!

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  8. Anything outdoors in my neighborhood yesterday saw its shadow, and it now looks as if this snow is moving south.

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    1. Groundhog would have seen his shadow today. It's finally a beautiful, sunny day (but not pleasant due to a cold wind.)

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  9. You can almost feel the difference in the atmosphere between the two pictures. The first one is so bleak and after the squall it's so clear and beautiful.

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    1. You're right. And, it's strange to experience.

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  10. Beautiful pictures! Brings back memories when we lived in upstate New York and had the freezing cold, wind blowing snow weather!

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    1. I am glad I brought back memories. I don't think I would miss it - I lived in Florida for two winters when I was in my 20's and I certainly did not miss it.

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  11. wow! great contrast! and yes, nature is amazing indeed.. and loved Roy's comment above :)

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    1. So I hope you saw my reply (smiling).

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  12. We can not predict or understand Mother Nature. Nice photos...

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    1. We like to feel we are in control, but nature says otherwise!

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  13. Wow, awesome weather! Great captures!

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  14. Beautiful snowy scenes. Would love to experience them one day.

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    1. My post for February 5 may interest you. Snow!

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    1. And that wasn't even a bad squall. With a bad squall, you wouldn't have seen the parking lot.

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  16. I totally forgot to check in our city for ground hog's day. I'm glad NYC is predicted to have an early spring :)

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