Monday, January 26, 2009


Right now, the first good chance of a winter storm is developing in the Ozark Highlands. Chunks of sleet pounded the ground earlier this evening creating little holes in the existing sleet bed that resembled the work of an ant lion. Each sleet pellet looked like a starfish, likely the result of snow melting and refreezing somewhere in the atmosphere. Alyssa fled this storm, flying out of Victor, Idaho as another foot of snow fell there, arriving in cool Louisiana with her down jacket packed away in her checked luggage. Sadly (for those of us who love snow), New Orleans has seen more snow this year than Columbia.

The annual snowfall accumulation in the Ozarks is low for this time of year. It takes 7 inches of snow to equal an inch of rainfall, and cumulatively, the Ozarks haven't seen 7 inches of snow yet this season. But maybe this is the storm system that will bring it.

From a great trip into the St. Francois Mountains at a time of year when my colleague called me "stubborn" for camping, pictures of the Mudlick Mountain valley, a truly magical place when it's encased in ice. Big snow events in Missouri happen in February and March, rumor holds.
I shouldn't complain about the lack of snow, really, because the recent spate of dry, dry weather has allowed us to burn another 1,500 acres of woodlands...but I'd still like to hear the crunch! under my boots.

1 comment:

Paul Nelson said...

I loved trudging through the sleet this evening; its consistency that of deep loose sand on a sanddune, slipping from beneath your feet. Sleet is neat. Warm it a bit and it will jel into snowcone material, then let it freeze hard again, you have an ice pack requiring Yaktrax to hike it. So I wonder how many hearty souls will hike the winter Ozark scenery like you did at Baker?