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Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’

Go check out the pictures in the article. It’s a real thing, not a practical joke — at least, that’s what Google tells me.

When the wind and snow are just right, it rolls the snow up into big ‘bales’. There are even what look like tire tracks (or, I suppose, tyre tracks) in the wake of the thing (but no footprints). Six of them were spotted in a field in Marlborough yesterday (not far from Stonehenge, woo).

I guess it’s like those big rocks that get pushed around Death Valley.

Can confirm the wind was fierce and strange today. It blew over some stuff at work with an unsettling bang first thing, before I had my coffee.


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: February 4, 2019, 11:11 pm

Why wd they roll up hill?

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 4, 2019, 11:31 pm

To get to the other side?

Comment from Pupster
Time: February 5, 2019, 12:26 am

I’ve seen natural snow rolls two times, and it is a real thing and pretty neato. I’ve never seen one all alone like that before, they travel in packs.

Comment from Downwind of Evergreen
Time: February 5, 2019, 12:37 am

Yup, they’re real: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/sets/72157600091174284/

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 5, 2019, 1:28 am

Stoaty, Stoaty, Stoaty—what in thunder are you doing by going off to work without coffee first? Have you not trained your husband to bring you coffee in bed?

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: February 5, 2019, 3:56 pm

The games the wee folk get up to. There’s no tellin.
You can blame that ‘bang’ before your coffee on it too.

They knot my extension cords, they make sure the nuts and screws I drop find the only inaccessible spot in the work area and they like to grab a rope end or extension cord and loop it around something while you’re moving it in a way that you couldn’t loop or catch on purpose if you tried the day long. Best to tell them you enjoyed the joke too and then they’ll usually leave off.

So when there’s none of us around to provide amusement, and they’ve had a bit more tipple than is good, you can expect snow rolling and that sort of thing.

Comment from Jon
Time: February 5, 2019, 6:28 pm

Thanks Downwind for posting about “Snow Donuts” before my dentist appointment! *shakes fist*

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 5, 2019, 7:53 pm

Deborah, I allow myself no comforts before going into work. I don’t dare. If I wake up and start to enjoy myself, I’ll find a reason not to go in at all.

For the first year, I didn’t give myself time to do anything but roll out of my bed into my clothes and start walking.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 5, 2019, 8:56 pm

Oh dear. That’s sad, but I’ve had jobs that I dreaded so much—never had to walk to them though. I am sorta-retired now, but I do love my morning coffee. I’m not bitchy without it, but it’s one of our small indulgences—coffee with fresh ground beans. And if Java Man is up first, he brings it to me in bed.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 5, 2019, 8:59 pm

I like my job fine — for a job. I hate, hate, HATE mornings, though. I can’t even pretend to be civil.

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: February 6, 2019, 2:07 am

I love mornings. I just hate interacting with anyone before noon. I wake up between 4-5am, head to my office upstairs, and I’m happy as a clam for 4 hours before everyone else wakes up.

But even though I get up early – I _can’t_ get out of the house early. Taking a shower, getting dressed, and the expectation of dealing with others … ugh. I’m glad I’m retired and only have to deal with family in the mornings now.

Comment from BJM
Time: February 6, 2019, 4:01 pm

So not a morning person here either. I set the alarm an hour early so I can sit in a stupor over coffee. I know, it makes no sense but it works for me.

NorCal & the Central Valley was walloped this weekend. Saturday we had 2-1/2 inches of rain in 6 hours and Mammoth 9′ of snow overnight. Nine feet. Snow level/chain control was down to Jamestown…so we had a light dusting of sleety snow too last night. They say the snow pack is at 110%! Yay!

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