Tuesday, February 1, 2011

a blizzard hurls gusts

a blizzard hurls gusts
of snow outside my window –
sends redbirds tumbling

Historical Blizzard, up to two feet of snow expected with temperatures dropping to 10 below and wind chill as low as minus 40. It started yesterday with sleet that froze as soon as it touched any surface, so now snow skates across ice. High winds are driving the fine white pellets horizontally across flat spaces, piling it into drifts in depressions. A redbird just blew, not flew, past, tumbling as the wind whirled. Stocked with firewood, food, water and kerosene lanterns, we are not going anywhere for two days.

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