Lancaster County in winter

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It took a while for winter to finally arrive despite what date the calendar said it was. Temperatures were well above normal a few weeks ago over the Christmas period. Now winter is making up for lost time with the season’s first snow fall and temps plunging into the lower teens at night. This first snow fall is a a humdinger too with near blizzard conditions and up to 20″ of heavy snow forecast to blanket the Susquehanna Valley. Climate change could make this type of storm system much more common in the future. In the seven or so years I’ve lived in the Mid-Atlantic or New England, I’ve seen over half a dozen snow storms with 10″ or more of snow.  Fortunately our larder is well provisioned as we settle in for a weekend of watching the snow fall out side the windows.

At times like this I am thankful that I do not own a TV and am therefore not bombarded with hysteria driven news about “Winter Storm Jonas”. The entire practice of suddenly deciding to name winter storms is clearly driven to sell more ads and find yet another way to get people to feel afraid of something. I’d rather grab my camera and take some shots. Nothing wrong with being well informed but the faux hysteria and hyperbolic  hype is over the top these days. Turn it off for a while.

Enjoy the shots.

Sunrise January 21, 2016 50mm

Sunrise January 21, 2016, New Holland, PA 50mm

Lancaster County farm outside of New Holland, PA 50mm

Lancaster County farm outside of New Holland, PA 50mm

Silos in the distance.  50mm

Silos in the distance.
50mm

Amish farm implement near Intercourse, PA 50mm

Amish farm implement near Intercourse, PA
50mm

It's snowing. Lancaster, PA 50 mm

It’s snowing. Lancaster, PA 50 mm

Icy streetlight. Lancaster 50 mm

Icy streetlight. Lancaster
50 mm

Clouds acting as reflectors of the city lights making it very bright for the time of night.

Clouds acting as reflectors of the city lights making it very bright for the time of night.

I'll be digging the truck out this weekend.

I’ll be digging the truck out this weekend.

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