Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Drier Than A Dead Christmas Tree...

Yes, I rode to work today.

When I check the National Weather Service forecast I frequently look at the Forecast Discussion page in addition to the main forecast page. I do this especially if there is any chance of a weather event. Today there was a chance of snow flurries, but no accumulation was listed on the main page. Immediately I went to the Forecast Discussion to see what was going on. Here's the phrase that stuck with me:

"Lower levels are drier than a dead Christmas tree in the middle of January...so any precipitation that hits the ground should be very light and unlikely to accumulate."

You can imagine my surprise when I went out for lunch and discovered...


Apparently there was more moisture in the "Lower levels" than was thought.

When it was all said and done I suspect we may have gotten a half inch of snow on the ground.

The roads were clear for the ride home. I rode for quite a while with someone riding a Ruckus. Obviously I wasn't the only one who rode today. I didn't come up next to him at any of our common stops. It just didn't seem to be the sort of day to start a conversation.

None of the roads were snow covered until I made it to the side street I live on...

And even this street wasn't bad, it was just a little more interesting to ride on than the others.
  • 14F/-10C and a little cloudy for the ride to work.
  • 17F/-8C and overcast for the home ride.


  1. Big round of applause for you not only riding in the really chilly weather you've been getting, but riding home in the snow too.

    1. There wasn't much snow or I'd have called for backup. No, it would be more accurate to say I rode home on roads covered with a chemical soup. My street doesn't get treated. It had a wee bite of snow but traction was fine.

      Thanks all the same :^)