February 6, 2012 – Where’s the Snow?

Here’s an unusual sight – the white pines near the barn covered in hoarfrost without any snow on the ground!

barn with hoarfrost trees

Once the sun comes out, the hoarfrost isn’t long for the world, so I rushed out.

white pine with hoarfrost

The needle-like frost looks nasty on this white pine. Evidently the northern edge of Des Moines had the first real snowfall of the year, about 9 inches – here only a dusting that melted quickly away.