Monday, December 22, 2008

In The Bleak Midwinter

I love that carol -

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

(It goes on for several verses, but this is the first verse, and the one most apropos for this post.) Last week, here in Dallas, it was bleak. So, I shot some bleakly average photos from the camera phone to share with you.

And, all you people who live in colder places, I don't want to hear what a wuss we people in Dallas are. I readily admit it's worse other places. But, that is not the point of this post - the point today is that, for Dallas, we've been having some seriously winter weather.

It was COLD. And very foggy.

I had to scrape my windshield of ice...

...and use both defrosters.

More evidence of ice.

The above photos were taken Tuesday morning - this all hit Monday night - at rush hour - when it was below freezing. By Tuesday morning, the streets were pretty good, but it was still ugly outside! Later in the day on Tuesday, enough snow had fallen that in some parts of the city people got some pretty amazing snow photos. I was a working slug that day, so no pretty amazing snow photos will follow. Thank you.

This was my approach to downtown on Tuesday.
That's downtown Dallas in the distance.
Can't you tell?

OK, there are some buildings...maybe.

Now I was at the EDGE of downtown -
behind a Wisconsin transplant, apparently.
Still, no buildings.
Maybe they moved them.

The fog stayed around for Wednesday.

And more fog and rain on Thursday - but it was above freezing.

We had a brief reprieve on Friday from this weather, and even Saturday through about midday, when another arctic blast visited us. Last night, it got down to 21 degrees! That's very cold in Dallas, people. We've received our own blast of the bleak midwinter.

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