SNOW!

October 29, 2011

First snowfall of 2011

Copyright 2011 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

It is snowing today.  The date is October 29, 2011.

During one of my Sociology classes yesterday, the weather forecast was being discussed as a winter storm with up to 3″ of snow was predicted for our area.  One student openly wondered about the validity of global warming given that this forecast was unusual for us at this time of year.  This led to a discussion about the reality of climate change-as the planet warms, the ocean and air currents shift causing some areas to become colder and wetter; others to become hotter and drier.  Hence the movement away from the term “Global Warming” to “Climate Change”.

Fall Foilage Maple Tree NCR Trail

Copyright 2011 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

With the potential for snow being the news, and still suffering from memories of the shoveling from last winter, I took a walk along the North Central Railroad (NCR) Trail after classes had ended so as to alleviate the stress from the week and what was to come.  It was so nice to breathe the brisk air and see the remaining colour of fall.  The sky certainly did have the look of impending snow, though.  Of course, such conditions work just fine for photographing colour.  The overcast skies produce a nice, soft light that allows for even illumination of the resplendent hues.

Snow falling

Copyright 2011 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

And the snow did come.  Now, one storm a pattern does not make.  However, it is unusual to be having snow like this while it is technically still fall.

Take care.

Oh, and be careful shoveling-we have a LONG way to go.

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