Thursday, February 3, 2011

February 1st Blizzard

At first the weather man said we might get up to 1/2 inch of ice followed by 9-10 inches of snow, but fortunately, all we got was 19 inches of snow! (2nd highest snowfall on record).  Fortunate for the trees, that is! Today, after spending all day yesterday digging out both home and office, I had the chance to photograph the beauty of a snow covered native pecan grove (above). It was especially beautiful because I couldn't see any broken limbs following the snow storm that packed 40 mph winds. Looks like the snow will be around for a while allowing temperatures to fall well below normal. This morning I woke up to -9 F.  Additional sub-zero weather is forecast in the coming week. Once we are able to get back out into the field, it will be interesting to see if any more cold damage shows up in the cambium of one-year-old pecan branches.