Wednesday, December 9, 2009

When A Blizzard Nears, Head to the Beach

With blizzard conditions literally knocking on northeast Ohio’s doorstep, I decided to make a trip to Mentor Headlands. As the temps climbed to the low 50s, the rain stopped temporarily, and there was a slight break in the clouds, it made for a rather pleasant walk. Well, except for the wind, which really didn’t die down much, and is only expected to increase in strength as this massive winter weather system approaches. Since I live in the “snow belt,” we can only wonder how much snow the dreaded “lake effect” will drop on our doorstep. The amount of snow can vary, based on wind direction over the open lake, and the wind speed. The higher the wind, the less time it has to pick up moisture as it crosses the lake, so the weather forecasters tell us. And weather forecasting is sometimes dicey when it comes to factoring in lake effect. To paraphrase long time Cleveland meteorologist Dick Goddard, there is nothing quite like waking up to “six inches of partly cloudy” in your yard.

Here are a few photos from my trip to Mentor Headlands this morning. (Click on any image for a larger view.) The dark clouds, mixed with splashes of sun, made for some very interesting colors in the sky and on the lake.

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