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Ginger Wood

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  1. Ginger Wood

    Feb 28 and early March extreme cold

    The PWC School District building next to Prince William National Forest is still over 13 degrees, while a few miles up the road it's 2.2 degrees below zero at the Manassas Airport. Also worth noting, it is 30.5 in my unheated greenhouse, which I made out of cattle panels, bamboo poles, zip ties, and plastic sheeting. On Sunday I put 4 strings of clear mini christmas lights all around on the beds to try to protect all my veggies from tonight's cold temps. It's amazing that that's enough heat to keep it above 30 degrees inside the greenhouse, when it's so close to zero outside. My veggies do look a bit frozen at the moment, but they should survive just fine.
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    Feb 28 and early March extreme cold

    Are you near Independent Hill?
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    Feb 28 and early March extreme cold

    But every other weatherbug station around me is about 10 or 15 degrees higher than that. How can that be...
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    Feb 28 and early March extreme cold

    The Manassas Regional Airport/Harry Davis Field weatherbug NWS station is reporting 2.2 degrees below zero. (!) Can that be right?
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    February Banter Thread - The SQL - February 21-31st

    I was strongly expecting 12 inches of snow, but I ended up with about half of that. Surprisingly, however, I feel very happy and extremely satisfied with the storm - and I think this is mostly due to the last 2 hours of absolutely gorgeous, fluffy snow puffs that were completely filling the air, and gently falling to the ground. Plus, it happened in the daytime. I have discovered that daylight makes a huge difference in my snow enjoyment. Also, I think this phenomena is what Bob Chill was trying to tell us last night - that a short period of really great daytime snow rates can have a much bigger impact on one's snow enjoyment than even a whole day of pixie dust can provide. He was saying that storms can be great even if it's only a few inches total. The last two hours of this storm was so beautiful that I couldn't resist pulling a chair up into a corner of my second floor sunroom, opening the windows, and just letting the snow flutter around me. Most of the time, the snow was slowly floating straight down, so I could really get a good look at the clumps as they passed by. Sometimes I caught them in my hand for even closer inspection... Part of the time a breeze blew the snow in one window and then right out the adjacent window of the corner, and this was wondrous as the snow puffs fluttered in front of and above me as they passed in and out of the sunroom. I was experiencing the snow up close, while also sheltered in my comfy house. It was magical. I really love snow...
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    March 2-3 Obs Thread

    I was strongly expecting 12 inches of snow, but I ended up with about half of that. Surprisingly, however, I feel very happy and extremely satisfied with the storm - and I think this is mostly due to the last 2 hours of absolutely gorgeous, fluffy snow puffs that were completely filling the air, and gently falling to the ground. Plus, it happened in the daytime. I have discovered that daylight makes a huge difference in my snow enjoyment. Also, I think this phenomena is what Bob Chill was trying to tell us last night - that a short period of really great daytime snow rates can have a much bigger impact on one's snow enjoyment than even a whole day of pixie dust can provide. He was saying that storms can be great even if it's only a few inches total. The last two hours of this storm was so beautiful that I couldn't resist pulling a chair up into a corner of my second floor sunroom, opening the windows, and just letting the snow flutter around me. Most of the time, the snow was slowly floating straight down, so I could really get a good look at the clumps as they passed by. Sometimes I caught them in my hand for even closer inspection... Part of the time a breeze blew the snow in one window and then right out the adjacent window of the corner, and this was wondrous as the snow puffs fluttered in front of and above me as they passed in and out of the sunroom. I was experiencing the snow up close, while also sheltered in my comfy house. It was magical. I really love snow...
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    March 2-3 Obs Thread

    I'm in central PWC. I went out and measured my sidewalk just before it started dumping big snow clumps, and then again after it stopped, so I know that during the last two hours of the storm I got 2 and 3/4 inches added to my sidewalk. I took a total of 45 measurements around my property. There's an average of about 6 inches on hard places (sidewalk, top of trash can, etc) and an average of 8 inches on the (rather tall) grass in my front yard, which should have had one more cut last fall ( I live in the woods, so it looks fine...) So anyway, I was surprised by the wide variations in my measurements and came up with possible explanations for such a big difference between grass and hard places. One is that grass blades provide a lot support to the snowflakes, and help prevent compaction. Another possible explanation is that the grass blades take up space and just make it look like more snow is there. Or maybe the sidewalk was warmer than the grass... No one else around me is reporting 8 inches, so I guess the grass is probably just taking up space and inflating my measurements... as well as making my snow look even more impressive Long story short: 6 inches hard places 8 inches on tall grass
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    March 2-3 Obs Thread

    Snow suddenly tapered off and then abruptly stopped just now in central PWC. 17 degrees now.
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    March 2-3 Obs Thread

    The air is completely full of big, fluffy snowflakes gently and slowly falling to the ground...
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    March 2-3 Obs Thread

    Wow!!! My dreams are coming true! WOW!!!!
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    March 2-3 Obs Thread

    It's been steadily and heavily pouring small snowflakes for over an hour, but suddenly the flakes have started to grow bigger! They are fluttering down now instead of just pouring straight down. Flakes are definitely growing steadily bigger. There are even a few big fat flakes mixing in now as I type this. 15.9 degrees right now in central Prince William County. This is so fun!
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    March 2-3 Disco, Part III

    So... as long as it has straight sides and a flat bottom, it could be a way to estimate my ratios?
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    March 2-3 Disco, Part III

    If I wanted to try to measure my QPF ratios during my snowfall period, what would be a good way to go about that? Could I just set a big rubbermaid tub in my yard and measure the snow with a yardstick, and then measure the water left from the melted snow? I asked about this in the obs thread, but I feel like all my favorite people are here, except Ian.(he's in obs, I think).
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    March 2-3 Obs Thread

    If I wanted to try to measure my QPF ratios during my snowfall period, what would be a good way to go about that? Could I just set a big rubbermaid tub in my yard and measure the snow with a yardstick, and then measure the water left from the melted snow?
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    March 2-3 Disco, Part III

    lol! this is exactly what I have been planning to do on Sunday ever since I read that warmer temps might help the storm tick north. The neighbors already think I'm kinda nuts-so I have nothing to lose
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