Friday, January 24, 2014

A Little Snow

© 2014 Penny Hall
I took this photo yesterday when I went for an afternoon walk through downtown Ennis.  It was a little breezy but the sunshine was awesome.

The day began with ice covered roads.  Wednesday afternoon it snowed about an inch and left a good bit of moisture.  The ice was gone by early afternoon when temperatures rose as high as forty degrees.

More and more of the ice on the Madison River is giving way to open channels for the water to flow freely.  It is a fascinating process to watch.

With temperatures above normal it feels a lot like springtime.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Morning Migration

©2014 Ken W. Hall
One morning this week Ken got his camera just in time to capture the tail end of a group of deer leaving our yard headed toward their daily destination.  Almost every morning our yard is filled with deer resting and chewing from a full night of grazing.

At some appointed time they all seem to rise together and head off in the same direction.  This particular day another group of eight or so passed through at the same time.  In all there must have been close to twenty.

Our weather this week has been mostly cloudy with bouts of wind.  Today the sun is shinning.  Temperatures remain above normal for this time of year dipping to the twenties at night and up to the forties during the day.  

It almost feels like spring.

Friday, January 10, 2014

January in Ennis, Montana

©2014 Penny Hall
As I stood looking over the Madison River this morning the gorge reminded me of the interesting changes in weather this winter.  The early deep freeze produced the ice and now temperatures this week are predicted to remain above normal for this time of year.

It was twenty-five this morning and now it is close to forty.  We experienced a couple of light snowfalls this week.  It is snowing lightly now but the mountains are getting most of the snow.  In Ennis it remains rather pleasant for January.

Friday, January 3, 2014

2014 Greetings from Ennis, Montana

©2014 Penny Hall
Happy New year from Ennis, Montana.  2014 is here and today the wind is ushering in a new storm.  Although December brought several days of below zero temperatures our holidays were nice and travel was easy.

The Madison River gorged during the sub zero temps and is beginning to open up a few pathways.  I took this photo from Lion's Park a few days ago.  Water from the gorged river flooded the park.  I could cross both bridges but ice prevented me from walking further.

As I traveled to the office this morning just before 8:00 AM it was nice to see so many cars parked along main street.  The local cafe's were filled with customers.  That is a great start to the new year.

It was thirty degrees when I got up at 5:00 AM.  The weather man predicts rain and snow today.  Sub zero temps are expected for a couple of days at night.  Then
 it should warm back up to the twenties and thirties late next week.

Watching the national news I feel blessed to be here.  Compared to other places in the United States we are experiencing a milder winter so far.