The Long Thaw of Winter

By , March 8, 2010 at 2:42 pm

It seems like there are really only a handful of snowfalls here in Minnesota.  Sure when they come they dump a few feet of snow, but really I’m only remembering a real snowfall only three maybe four times this season.  What’s different about Minnesota is that the snow here sticks, and it sticks all season long. Just like the sedimentary layers of the limestone that make up most of the bedrock here, the layers of winter have started gently melting away and I think we’ve uncovered the snow from the first snowfall this season.  It’s a good thing too because for the life of us we haven’t been able to roll a snowball all season as the weather has been too cold, only making that squeaky snow that falls apart in your hands.  We finally made a snowman the other day (see the video), and decided to go out for a walk by the Zumbro River just yesterday.  Here are some pictures that came from our little adventure or in our winter sediment.

“Zumbro River in Winter” –  Rochester, MN

Zumbro River Winter Pond Panorama

One Response to “The Long Thaw of Winter”

  1. Joy says:

    I love that picture of David with that wonder in his eyes.

    The sediment I’m remembering now, from the melting snow in Cambridge, was all the dust and soot on top of each snowfall, that during the thaw, would melt down onto the next layer, until the last crust of snow was just black with it until it all melted into the mud underneath. In Rochester it may not be so urban (or polluted), so your melting snow may actually stay relatively white.

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