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February 11, 2011

February Blizzard - The Sequel

Round Two! On Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, exactly one week after The Big Snow, we had The Sequel. Forecasts called for 8-12 additional inches of snow in our area.

Fortunately we didn't get that much, just about three inches. It covered the mud and made things pretty again. Plus we knew all the things that didn't work last week and what needed improvement, so with just a few changes we were ready again. All the winter clothing was still in the mudroom; we were still using it!

I left the gate to the empty goat pen open so I could get to the chicken coop. That sure made caring for them easier.

We bought two round bales. We're doling out the hay generously, peeling it off the bale, because we can't get a bale down the hill to the pasture where we usually put them. (The nice part is that hubby is putting out the hay while I'm feeding the horses their grain, which is a big help to me.) This is a new hay supplier; we don't usually buy round bales because our neighbor bales our field on shares, but our bales have all been eaten now.

The hardest part about this storm was the brutal low temperatures and below-zero windchills, even worse than last week. Thursday morning we set an all-time record low for Oklahoma: -31° in the northern part of the state. Thankfully it wasn't quite that cold here, although it was below zero.

Hopefully this is the last of the hard winter weather!

- Oklahoma's coldest temperature ever was set February 10, 2011:
-31° in Nowata, Oklahoma.

- This has been the second snowiest month ever in Oklahoma City. The snowiest was March 1911. See, it really was the "Storm of the Century" (well, a couple of storms).

- From my son: Oklahoma City has the equivalent of one snow-plow-equipped vehicle per each 41 square miles.


The bottles of water in the unheated mudroom stayed liquid until the outside temperature reached about 3°, much lower than I expected, and even then they did not freeze solid. The bottles that were stored in boxes fared even better. One night I left a 2-liter bottle of water in the barn, set inside a plastic coffee can; it too did not freeze even though others did.

Water in metal buckets freezes first, then the plastic buckets, then the black rubber buckets. Where possible, our water troughs and buckets are in the sun so that the solar heat will thaw them more quickly. Our two 55-gallon water barrels are also located in full sun, with the metal barn wall behind them.

1 comment:

  1. It's been so cold here this winter (in IN) that I've had to bust our water buckets/tubs everyday but two - and at times more than once a day. Even the 5 gal. buckets in the barn with hay stuffed around them will freeze solid every night. Fun stuff. . . 6 more weeks 'till Spring, 6 more weeks. . .


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