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It's raining ice tonight...

Here in Wales, it's been noisy out for a couple of nights. Last night, it was some animal I didn't recognize -- maybe a coyote -- keening awhile before dawn. Or maybe it was a really loud bird. It didn't really sound like either, but rather a cross between the two.

I'll take that noise over tonight's raining ice anytime. I'm glad I don't need to go anywhere on Wednesday, that the most important thing is to stay here and work on a fun project that demands my attention now and should have had it a couple of months back. I can't say time isn't my friend, for it regularly, repeatedly brings good times and people my way. But time seems to be aging right along with me, and it's not nearly as flexible as it used to be, either.

Oh, well. At least I'm not on Mount Washington, trying to chip ice away from a surface in 65 mph winds. And my inside walls aren't frosted up like theirs are, as shown here during their sustained 120 mph winds last April. Mid-April, even.

One last late-night question: why don't I get Jack Frost on my windows here at Toad Woods? The climate is similar to that of Battle Creek, Michigan, where the single pane upstairs windows regular sported a wide variety of Jack Frost patterns during the winter months of my childhood. I am plagued by single pane windows here, too. They're double-hung, wood framed, albeit 60 years newer than the Battle Creek windows. But they don't ice up, and there's no Jack Frost. Not enough interior humidity?

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debgeisler
Jan. 7th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Last night, it was some animal I didn't recognize -- maybe a coyote -- keening awhile before dawn. Or maybe it was a really loud bird. It didn't really sound like either, but rather a cross between the two.

Given your description of the sound, it may have been a fisher cat, which neither fishes nor is a cat.
gerisullivan
Jan. 7th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks -- a fisher cat is a real possibility. Or maybe a red fox -- some of the fox calls I found while checking into fisher sounds were similar to what I heard last night. They both have that same tone change in the cry.

Whatever it was, it was darned close. It sounded like it was in my front yard. Near the windows, even. The coyotes are typically more raucous sounding, and farther into the woods.
elaine_brennan
Jan. 8th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
I believe that you need relatively high humidity inside for frost to form on windows. So, yeah ... not enough interior humidity.
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