Winter Haibun

snow devil

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I had to travel on the highway today to volunteer at the cat shelter and to check on my two fur granddaughters for my son and his wife, as they are out of town.  The winds in the area reached between 50-65 mph — and it’s still at it out there! — and the snow was caught up in it.  All along the highway path it swirled, at times making snow funnels.  It was too dangerous to pull over, but it was cool to see.

 

Winter gusts off the lake

whirling snow devils dance

to a howling tune.

In case you don’t know what a snow devil is, I found a youtube of one.  One difference between the one here and the many I saw today was size.  The youtube one is huge, the ones I saw were maybe 2-4 feet tall.  Another difference was the amount of wind.  Didn’t look like much wind in the youtube but hard to tell, whereas the wind here today is literally howling with speed.

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  1. Sadje says:

    Amazing sight.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It was! I’ve seen them before, but the way they were all along my path was pretty amazing!

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  2. pvcann says:

    Wow, but yet glad it’s yours and not mine.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It was a harrowing drive there, saw one car in the ditch and in the city another that had hit a fire hydrant (it wasn’t spouting water), but the roads were pretty much sheer ice. By the time I drove home the highways were dry and clear.

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      1. pvcann says:

        So dangerous.

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  3. I’m looking out the window as I’m reading this and seeing the same conditions. 60 mph winds and snow.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Cool in one way, if you’re snuggly warm inside. Are the snow devils dancing for you?? Today here the wind has traveled on and a mere speckling of tiny snow is falling. The front and back yards are littered with twigs.

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  4. badfinger20 says:

    I’ve seen really small ones…that one was huge… I wish we could take some snow. We had rain and flooding for 4 or 5 days until Sunday.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m guessing rain for that long can bring mudslides from the mountains (not sure if you live by mountains)?

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      1. badfinger20 says:

        Yes and yes….a mudslide happened last Friday or Saturday and still is blocking I-24

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        1. msjadeli says:

          oh my gosh. that has got to be scary all the way around.

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