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Another blast of winter

When I returned from South Dakota to Virginia in early January, I apparently brought back the subzero temperatures with me. Two weeks later came the infamous "Polar Vortex" with more snow and more frigidity. Then last Wednesday night and all day Thursday we had a massive snow storm, totalling 15 inches or more in this area. Getting the car shovelled out took two "shifts," but the temperatures climbed on Friday, melting a lot of the snow.

Ford Escape snow-buried

Our Ford Escape was buried in snow. (Feb. 13)

Winter "vacation" photos

Somehow, I didn't get around to doing a blog post about my Christmas-New Years trip to South Dakota. The first couple days it was mild enough for me to hit a few golf balls, but after that the air turned extremely cold, as low as 15 below zero on one night. Some "vacation"! This photo of the Missouri River bridge south of Vermillion is from the day (December 28) that my Dad, my brother John, and I went to Ponca, Nebraska on a bird-watching excursion.

Missouri River bridge at dusk

Missouri River bridge at dusk. (Dec. 28)

See the Winter 2014 photo gallery, which includes photos of O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Minneapolis, and other points along the way.

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