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Scree - January 13, 2011

snow covering the sidewalks

Covering Snow

Snow is covering parts of 49 of the 50 United States. Close to 70 percent of the land is covered by snow. Basically all of the nation except along the coasts now have snow. Florida, naturally, is the only state without snow. There was a report earlier in the week that it was sleeting in north Florida, I guess there was not any accumulation.

Nashville is a lot like Florida, we never get enough snow. The fronts always miss us by staying to far to the north or to far to the south. Now, a hundred miles east on the Cumberland Plateau, they get snow. Our personal weather observer reported at least 10 inches of snow on the ground this morning.

A friend of ours is going to the Smokies for a backpacking trip this weekend. I am sure there will be some good stories to share soon. The mountains are supposed to have a lot of snow. If they would only send some our way!



Over the past couple of weeks there has been news about birds dying. Thousands died in Arkansas and the cause was determined to be blunt force trauma. I am not sure if that means the birds were hit by some object or they flew into an object? It is not clear what exactly happened but these mass bird killings are not rare.

In Bucharest birds are also dying. The snow cover is making it difficult for the starlings to find food. The birds found the waste (marc) from wine grapes, ate it, and died from being drunk. What is the world coming to?


Jeff the Nature Guy

Jeff is the director of the Beartooth Nature Center in Montana. In the video he explains how animals survive the cold and snowy weather of Montana winters.

(Billings Gazette)