A Late Winter Storm

Flooded road to the historic Clay Creek Bridge

By now perhaps many of you are aware of the terrible late winter storm that we flatlanders here in the Midwest have experienced. It’s not as if we weren’t warned; we were. More than 3 days ahead of the storm it became ‘the news’ of our region. Already cancelations of event closings were being broadcast on t.v., newsprint and radio. It called for the beginnings of very warm moist air pushing up from the South and then colliding with cold artic air 24 hours later. Hence what we received were 2 full days of driving hard rains with high winds. The final punishment was three inches of heavy wet snow. The end result of this concoction was wide spread massive flooding. It was fast and brutal. The ground was still frozen from our unrelenting artic air we endured most of the past 4 months. With heavy rains falling on frozen ground and snow pac it was a recipe for disaster. We witnessed the farm land below us filling rapidly with rain run off from the upper water shed and smaller creeks that empty into the Clay Creek. Low lying roads and some bridges were washed away. Two small communities in our neighbor state of Nebraska were all but washed away. The western part of our state suffered as well, especially cattle ranchers.

Despite the tragedy and losses, there is still beauty after the raging storm died out. Late last evening we witnessed the landing of an enormous migrating flock of artic geese on the flooded fields below us. They came in at dusk and were slow to rise this morning. By noon the noise they were making was equivalent to a football stadium of cheering crowds. It was an awesome site to behold as they took flight once again, heading to their summer breeding grounds to the North.

Thousands of Snow Geese

And this evening we were reminded that a new day will begin again and the Vernal Equinox is but 48 hours away. Hurry Spring!

Sunset on flooded fields

4 thoughts on “A Late Winter Storm

    1. No, snow and ice are no fun to deal with but they are part of the rhythm of our Midwestern seasons. This was not a typical winter. It was long and difficult for many of the States. It’s always a welcome site when the geese, both the Artic Whites and the Canadian geese, migrate back to their homes. They are the true snow birds. Thanks for your thoughts Felipe.

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  1. Oh Ray, you’d be amazed at their noisiness and how they are able to navigate in these huge flocks of white. Last year they stopped by for just a few hours then took off, probably because they landed in a dry field. The water provides them safety at night so they can rest. With so many on the water, they seem to be in constant motion. Thanks for reading and your interest.

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