On February 1, 2014 this is what all of Lewis County had for weather; Sunny, partly cloudy, rainy and rainbows everywhere. The temperatures were in the 50's and 60's (that's Fahrenheit).
Just a few days later, the snow came. They called it an Arctic Vortex.
Here's an excerpt from a neat article (here) that describes this phenomenon:
"One of several semi-permanent weather systems over the Earth, the polar vortex is an area of low pressure in the upper atmosphere that, on average in the Northern Hemisphere, typically has centers in two main areas: near Canada's Baffin Island, and over northeast Siberia.The vortex is strongest in winter, thanks to an increased temperature contrast between the polar regions and the mid-latitudes, including the United States.
"Occasionally, the polar vortex can either be forced well south of its typical position, or a significant piece of the larger spin can break off and plunge south into the U.S. In the case of this outbreak, a large piece of the vortex broke off and was forced well to the south...
"The Arctic outbreak, while dangerously cold, will not persist long as the polar vortex returns home to near Baffin Island, Canada after its southern vacation later in the week."
Here on the homestead, EVERYTHING FROZE! We only had the water in the holding tank in our camper to last us all week, but we made do. It was a good thing that church was cancelled on Sunday. None of us had proper baths all week!
Just last night, everything began to thaw, the water began to flow again, and we all got baths!
Check out my other posts about this week to see some of the fun things we did in the snow!