The weather here in southwest Missouri is nothing if not unpredictable. We are at a juncture where the jet stream generally dives down from northwest to southeast. Sometimes it’s above Joplin and sometimes south, so it really keeps us hopping. We don’t get as much snow as my friend Pied Type in Denver, nor her forest fires, but we do get the occasional EF-5 tornado or an ice storm. The latter, which is the main cause of power outages here, is what I feared this morning when I looked out the kitchen window, but thank goodness it was merely about three inches of heavy, wet snow, clinging to the trees. Our power went out twice this morning, but only for a minute or so at a time. Whew! Turns out we only got the southern fringe of the blizzard.
Here’s what it looked like. (Click on each picture to magnify – I used a high-pixel setting.)