Clear Skyies, Fog, and then Snow Storm

No shortage of heavy equipment to clear the snow.

No shortage of heavy equipment to clear the snow.

Within roughly a week and a half Valdemarsvik‘s weather changed dramatically. We saw clear, crisp, late Fall days, give way to thick fog. Then the snow came. And it came hard and heavy. After a day of moderate snowfall the sky dumped ten to twelve inches overnight.

Last winter was cold but the snow was fairly moderate. The two previous winters, snow accumulated to almost a meter — three feet — over the Winter and it did not begin to clear until March. With this Summer seeing record rainfall records, it looks likes a return to heavy snowfall this season.

The response to the snow was impressive, at least the response in centrum — city center — where our apartment is located. I saw at least six different pieces of heavy industrial equipment involved in clearing snow together with a few smaller plows clearing sidewalks and trimming the edge of roads.

Given my experience in Ferndale and Bellingham, Washington, this was a novel approach. Those cities sold off snow removal equipment to cover budget shortfalls and keep gluing reflectors on city streets so that when they plowed, the dump trucks fitted with plow blades, could not touch the asphalt.

I am never a fan of snow. Guess it is my Miami upbringing. Marie enjoys the snow as long as the wind and the temperatures are not extreme.

(Note: It used to be easy to create slide shows and specify the order of photos, but WordPress changes have obscured this, so all the photos appear as a gallery in whatever order WordPress determines.)

Clear full moon night.

Clear full moon night.

Crisp Fall day.

Crisp Fall day.

Fog rolls in.

Fog rolls in.

Fog rolls in.

Fog rolls in.

Fog rolls in.

Fog rolls in.

And the snow begins.

And the snow begins.

Marie dosen't mind the snow as long as the temperatures are moderate.

Marie dosen’t mind the snow as long as the temperatures are moderate.

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Ten to 12 inches fell overnight.

Ten to 12 inches fell overnight.

The rock wall behind our apartment developed elaborate icicles.

The rock wall behind our apartment developed elaborate icicles.

The rock wall behind our apartment developed elaborate icicles.

The rock wall behind our apartment developed elaborate icicles.

No shortage of heavy equipment to clear the snow.

No shortage of heavy equipment to clear the snow.

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A variety of smaller pieces of equipment cleared sidewalks and trimmed the road edges.

A variety of smaller pieces of equipment cleared sidewalks and trimmed the road edges.

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Worked operated equipment day and night.

Worked operated equipment day and night.

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I counted six different pieces of heavy equipment active in the city center.

I counted six different pieces of heavy equipment active in the city center.

Street decorations.

Street decorations.

Street decorations.

Street decorations.

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