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December 2009 (Slide Show)Thursday, December 31, 2009There was some additional light snowfall overnight to bring the total for the event to just 1.3". After some glimpses at the sky, returning clouds brought another light snowfall. The hope is for a glance at that "blue moon" tonight, but the forecast isn't favorable for this location.Light Snow in the Trees and the Horses GrazingWednesday, December 30, 2009The day provided just a bit of sunshine from time to time. This resulted in slightly warmer temperatures. Late in the afternoon, clouds returned to add just another light covering to the current 4" or so that blankets the area.Horses Along the Fence Line during the Afternoon WalkTuesday, December 29, 2009A very consistent (if boring) weather pattern continues in NW Montana. Mostly cloudy conditions. Very light snowfall. Temperatures staying just above the single digit values and failing to break out of the teens for another day. (Since all of the outdoor view have looked the same for the last couple of days, I decided to show the indoor scenes since Christmas).Dog Tired during the HolidaysMonday, December 28, 2009Clouds continue with just a very, very light floating of snow today. (Almost like there is white lint falling from the air).Vincent (again) Resting in the Dog BedroomSunday, December 27, 2009The inversion overcast returned again today. As has been the pattern, overnight the sky was mostly clear and by daybreak, clouds dominated. Looking out over the treeline this afternoon, I could see just some brightness of sunlight, while everything was cloudy lower and here at the ranch.Dog and Cat NapSaturday, December 26, 2009Mostly cloudy returned for the day today, with just a bit of snow in the air, too. The trend seems to be repeating: Mostly clear overnight for a nice cool down, followed by clouds for most of the day. Repeat until the wind blows hard next spring and the loop changes. (Well, actually, almost any day the weather can change!)Vincent Friday, December 25, 2009Merry Christmas to all! The clear sky the allowed the stars to shine brightly overnight became a gray high overcast by daylight. Light snow fell during the morning giving a peaceful quiet to Christmas day at the ranch.Taffy and Titan hunt for Gifts under the TreeThursday, December 24, 2009The clear sky hung on for most of the overnight period but clouds soon moved in during the first light, blocking the sunrise. Mostly cloudy conditions persisted through the day. However, the clouds began to break just as the sun was over the edge of the hill and tree line to the southwest; thus, setting the stage for another fine cool-down tonight.Susan Boyle's Performance of Silent NightEvening Sunlight Glow on the Distant Mountains Wednesday, December 23, 2009The clouds departed overnight leaving just some lingering cloud formations at sunrise. With the departure of the overcast, so have gone the milder temperatures. As I write this the temperature has fallen from around 30 at sunrise to just below 20 degrees at 10:00 am. I think we had the max early today! ... Update: The varying temperatures rose again slightly during the early afternoon. The horses decided it was a great afternoon for splashing in the melting waterhole. However, clearing conditions later in the afternoon, and dryer air, resulted in the dip into single digit temperatures during the evening. A good cool-down is in store again for NW Montana.Morning Reflections on the CreekTuesday, December 22, 2009There was a break from the cloudiness and fog today as the sun managed to show beginning around mid morning. The temperature rose accordingly through the middle 30's and continued the snow melt process. Shortly after noon, clouds again moved into the area and the temperatures dropped before hitting 40 as the clouds took control.Sunny Mid Day as the Box Elder Basks in Sun and SnowMonday, December 21, 2009Today was another day with cloudy sky, light rain, and some fog. The continued mild temperature is slowly melting the snow pack, leaving only about 5" on the ground.Afternoon View Southeast with Light Fog over the SnowSunday, December 20, 2009The melting of the snow over the past few days has resulted in a hanging of that moisture just above the ground and tree line today. Temperatures stayed at just around freezing for most the the overnight time period and continued to hold there for most of the day.Fog Over the TreelineSaturday, December 19, 2009A cloudy day again today that just about duplicated yesterday. Temperatures were slightly above freezing again and made some of the packed snow trails a little icy. This afternoon's snowshoe trek included fetching a Christmas tree from the woods.Bringing in the Christmas TreeFriday, December 18, 2009After all of the nice sunshine that took place yesterday, today returned to a mostly cloudy mode. It still managed to push above freezing and a little more snow melt took place, but the day had a cold feel to it from beginning to end.View across the Paddocks late in the AfternoonThursday, December 17, 2009Cloud cover overnight gave way to partly cloud conditions early in the day. The breakup of the clouds resulted in mostly sunny conditions through mid-day and into the afternoon. The snow pack slid from the remaining roofs today and the depth was reduced to just 7". Mild temperatures combined with the freshly melted snow is likely to result in foggy conditions tonight and tomorrow morning.Mid Day View across the PasturesWednesday, December 16, 2009A light snowfall again took place overnight. The temperature had stayed mild through the night and rose enough during the day to change some falling snow into light rain. The milder temperature also caused snow to slide from some of the metal roofs. Late in the afternoon, some light fog was forming due to the melting of the snow that took place during the day.Light Fog in the Distance Late this AfternoonTuesday, December 15, 2009Cloudy conditions through the night and into the day today made for a little more snow (1.8" counting an overnight snow that was followed up with an evening event). It was somewhat warmer today with the evening temperatures holding at near the maximum for the day. Some of the snow is beginning to lose its grip on the fence posts and rails.Snow Hanging from the Hitching Rail LogMonday, December 14, 2009Just a little more brightness to the day today as the snow event has ended and the sun tried to break through to highlight the whiteness of the new snow. A total of 11.8" for the snow event. The cold air created a wonderful dry snow covering for the entire area.Trees Along Upper Pasture TrailSunday, December 13, 2009Cloudy and an additional light snowfall overnight. The total for this event (so far) is 10.0" of light fluffy snow (water equivalent was 0.62", so, pretty dry snow). This snow was just perfect for an afternoon snow-shoe trek around the ranch.Snowshoeing the First Major Snowfall of the SeasonSaturday, December 12, 2009Clouds through the night kept the temperature above zero today (giving us a three-day streak!). Snow began falling during the mid morning and the forecast has it continuing through today and possibly tomorrow, too. This should finally provide an insulating layer for the ground. The last couple of days has seen the ground temperature (sensor at 15" deep) drop from the low 40's to nearly frozen conditions (33.4 this morning).Horses Enjoy Lunch during the SnowfallFriday, December 11, 2009Mostly cloudy through the day today. This resulted in somewhat warmer temperatures but with just a trace of snow the air had a 'damp-coldness' to it that is not as noticeable when it is just cold and dry.Feeding Carrots to the Horses during the Morning WalkThursday, December 10, 2009Cloud cover overnight kept the temperature in the positive numbers. Along with the somewhat less cold air, some light snow managed to fall from the clouds. It continued as a not quite perfect three bears day; not too hot, not too cold ... but, maybe a stretch to call it "just right".Color in the Evening Sky Wednesday, December 9, 2009Clouds crept in late yesterday and resulted in slowly rising overnight temperatures (after a double-digit below zero evening). This also resulted in just a trace of snowfall (hardly enough to track a cat). The overcast conditions continued for most of the day as the temperature rose through the single digits and even made it into the positive double-digit range for part of the day.Light Fog in Morning View of Neighboring Farm Tuesday, December 8, 2009It was clear from sunrise to sunset today. (Even before sunrise, too, I expect). This resulted in cold overnight temperatures. Even with full sunshine today the temperature remained cold all day. The cold will continue for a few more days. As I write this, the thermometer shows -12 degrees (at about 8:30 PM).Neighboring Ranch during Mid-Day WalkMonday, December 7, 2009A mostly sunny day at the ranch today. The sunshine can deceive you into believing that it is quite nice out (and, actually, it was ... just a bit on the cool side). As cold conditions are likely for awhile, tonight the horses moved into the barn instead of staying outside overnight like they usually do.Bright Sunshine during some Cold Weather DaysSunday, December 6, 2009A cool day today at the ranch. The day was a mix of mostly cloudy conditions (not that the sun provides much warming when the angle is such as it is lately (and will be for the next few weeks) along with some wind. However, as often happens, clearing took place early in the evening and has set the stage for a strong further cool-down tonight. Oh, and it as I mentioned, it was quite windy for most of the day today and that added to a general wintry feel to the entire day.Passing Snow Flurries to the Southeast Saturday, December 5, 2009It has a winter-like feel about it today, after an overnight of light clouds that were still remaining when the snow of late yesterday ended. Not quite as cold overnight as yesterday, but still a definite "chill" in the air today. This caused Ginger to put on her coat (if you can see it, or her) for the morning walk. Since the house was a little cool, too, Ginger kept her coat on after the walk was over. Later in the day, the wind increased during the afternoon, and the forecast is for a real cool-down during the next couple of days.Ginger after the Walk (still wearing her coat)Friday, December 4, 2009Cold overnight with a morning firery start. During the daytime there was a mix of clouds and some sun. Late in the afternoon, the clouds gathered enough to drop just a trace of snow. The conditions at the last animal check were mostly cloudy, with just a glance at the departing moon as it drifted through the sky.Fire in the Sky at SunriseThursday, December 3, 2009There was a mix of clouds with the nearly full moon overnight. This mix turned into a mostly cloudy sky for the day today. Just a little hint of sunlight from time to time. By late evening, those clouds began to disappear again and single digits approaching zero can be expected overnight.Just a Hint of Sun on the Southeast Hills this MorningWednesday, December 2, 2009Mostly clear to totally clear conditions overnight made for a cool night, indeed. Single digits around the area. Today, with the full sunshine, it made it back to 30 degrees. But, it is going to drop down again tonight as crystal clear conditions continue.Clouds Over the Southeast Hills This AfternoonTuesday, December 1, 2009Some light clouds dropped a little snow overnight that coated the ground this morning. The sky had cleared by sunrise time giving a clear if somewhat cold look to the ranch.View of the Box Elder Tree in Mid Morning Sunlight
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Quoting surfmom:I can assure you, your Frisians thank you for selecting Montana for retirement and not SWFL.Have a friend with a most gorgeous young stallion Frisians..... he's the only horse I've ever met w/ an air conditioner in his stall.they seem to have an especially rough time here with their coats - yours are outstanding
Quoting bionicdan:seflagamma: Well, it will be a long time before we break out the beach chairs here in NW Montana! Thanks for stopping by and reminding me that there might have been a warmer retirement community that I could have selected.
Quoting surfmom:I feel like Alice in Wonderland this morning --I just discovered and fell down a new Rabbit hole...HORSES IN THE SNOW - I've never seen horses in the snow....thank you , thank you.and Friesians!!! ... I did have the most enjoyable visual adventure -- even a dressage lesson : ) thanks, feel like a had a most wonderful 2 hour vacation.
Quoting shoreacres:Speaking of decorations ... and I found something that may make you smile, even if you don't pursue the project. Next year you could deck the halls with fine components!And, if you need some toys to go under the tree, there's always this.
Quoting shoreacres:... I hope your Christmas was happy, and everyone both near and far was able to celebrate in good health...
Quoting oneshotww:I prefer the look of Rio when is hair long but ...
Quoting oneshotww:Hey Dan, hope you & yours had a good holiday. I saw a pic of your standards in someone else's blog - I was surprised that their hair was short. I would have thought you'd let it grown long for winter warmth? I know that their legs can get covered with snow balls and it makes a mess tho'.
Quoting msmontana:Hi Dan!Enjoyed the lunch and munch photos of the horses today!
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