Saturday, March 8, 2008

this ain't no tasty freeze

the blizzard rages on - it's all quite exciting - especially since we don't have to leave our cozy nest here on avenue c. there's a beautiful bit of snow architecture being formed on the edge of our front porch. when I asked f what one would call this phenomenon - my dear f does know just about everything - he said it could probably be considered a 'snow cornice'

Snow Cornice Known as "navcaq" in Yup'ik Eskimo lexicon, these snow overhangs are precursors to avalanches, formed amidst persistent strong wind and destined to collapse as soon as melting or movement-related shifts loosen the tenuous crystal-to-crystal frictional bonds which hold up the cornices.
above definition courtsey of roger edwards


Barbara said...

It's so hard to imagine that just a few hours west of us you are in the midst of winter still. We found lot of trees and bulbs bursting into bloom as we walked around DC today. Wow, what a difference!

dennis said...

Dennis sees forsythia in full bloom--but snow would not hurt them. Maybe some snow will come.

Unknown said...

My god the weather was great today. Sunny blue sky. Warm. Aaaah.

R.L. Bourges said...

oh I love it - you're into the inuktitut lexicon yet! keep 'em coming (do they have 52 words for snow conditions in that lexicon?)

Steve Reed said...

Wow! I've never seen anything like that! (Of course, I grew up in Florida!)

mouse (aka kimy) said...

b- a few hours west & north! but then I heard there was snow flying around in atlanta yesterday too! crazy march weather.

d - forsythia is hardy

e - you've had your share of wintery weather - glad you are having some sunny blue skies

l - working on my word a week!

steve - be neither! hey, I was born in florida (however, we moved when I was less than a year old)