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Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year's Winter Reverie

Ice storm, 9 by 12 watercolor
Oklahoma winter usually means an ice storm, especially as a New Year arrives and January and February cold sets in. 
In spite of this year's unusually warm weather, and a drought, we know freezing rain and icy roads may be just over the horizon. Weather people call it a "wintry mix," but that can include snow, sleet, freezing rain and ice, all combined.
An Arctic blast that dumps snow north and west of here often brings a more treacherous cousin. The latitude and temperatures conspire to paralyze parts of the state with ice that coats roads, destroys the power grid and subjects us to a wind-chill nightmare.
This abstract watercolor was from a year or two ago when we sat hunched in the front room by the gas fireplace for about 12 hours.
There is still beauty in Nature no matter the vagaries of weather.
Hafer Park, Edmond

1 comment:

  1. Give me rain, snow, high winds, anything besides ice. Have a great 2017!!

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