26 November 2012

Those "Little Cat Feet" Are Stomping Again

The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
~ Carl Sandburg, "Fog"

Not this time. The fog that's rolling in waves through Anchorage is making rather larger footprints. The temp has shot up to 17 (from single digits, earlier), and the fog has coated everything with a fresh layer of frost. Slippery, treacherous frost.

You're know it's going to be slick when the asphalt turns white, and there's been no precip.

* * * * *

My day got better, since this morning's post. The drive home was a bit treacherous, though, as my 6,000 lb. truck occasionally yields to the laws of momentum while going around the roundabouts on slickened streets ... despite the studded tires, sometimes things just go sideways. 


Keads said...

Yes, things can go sideways. Sometimes VERY quickly. Sure it was not a Bobcat this time around?

Rev. Paul said...

Nope, an Expedition.

PioneerPreppy said...

I cannot even imagine such cold brrrrrrrrrrrr.

It gets to negative numbers here sometimes but doesn't stay around long thankfully.

Old NFO said...

Stay safe (and slow)... :-)

Rev. Paul said...

Preppy, it's not cold, yet. In December and January, we've gotten as cold as -27. And Anchorage is the "banana belt" in this part of the state. Just north of here, they've had temps of -35 already.

NFO, you betcha.

Mrs. S. said...

Glad you made it home safe and sound.

So your municipality is giving in to the roundabout craze too? Whoever thought that installing roundabouts in northern climates was a good idea, should be tied to the statues that usually reside in the center. Maybe then, objects obeying Newton's laws of motion will convince them that roundabouts are a bad idea.

At least with a normal intersection, when traction disappears, sometimes suddenly and without warning, there is a chance that no traffic will be coming from the other way. But the statues and other obstacles in the middle of roundabouts are always there.

Rev. Paul said...

Fortunately, the angular momentum will force vehicles to the outside of the circle, rather than toward the middle. That said, while roundabouts are faster than stoplights, the ones here tend to be too small in circumference.

Sandy said...

I'm glad to hear your day turned out better. So your Expedition slides too, lol....
Mine just loves to slide on the ice, that is until I put my chains on. Enjoy the snow, keep warm and look forward to nice hot cup of joe.

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, Sandy. The truck is usually the last one to notice when the roads get slick (3 tons + studded tires = relatively sure-footed), except on sharp turns. Big SUVs in winter are best driven calmly and deliberately.