Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Local schools are still closed today. The county roads are still snow-covered, making travel a bit difficult. US 50 is pretty much clean and dry. Therefore, we are sending our loads-by-appointment corn to GPC today. We must find a way to thaw out the bottom of the old grain leg… in order to fill the load out bins again. The corn must be delivered.
It is warmer today… right now a balmy 22ºF (-6ºC). But the wind is calm, making it “not-so-bad” out there. The worst temperature I saw over the last two days was -14ºF. But the wind chills were as bad as -35º!
I have been very pleased (and grateful) that our electricity has been uninterrupted. With the strong winds, there could have been a tree topple onto a line and break it. Or, with a winter storm, sometimes ice brings the lines down. This experience gives me some incentive to get a back-up generator system installed at my house next summer. Some in our area did have power outages, and with the subzero temperatures that creates some things to repair when it does thaw out. Even though we have better conditions here today, up north in central and northern Indiana, they are digging out of deep snow. So, it could have been worse… we did not receive as much snow as was first predicted. No blading and blowing were needed here at the farm. Typical for southern Indiana, we are being told that we could see 50º on Sunday!