This was a quick winter month! I think it had something to do with the great snow early in the month. Although there were some cold days, mostly, it was normal! I've added the monthly summary from Wunderground as usual.
01/31/2009 - Windy with mild temperatures overnight. The morning has that wind continuing as a forecast front is moving through the area. Strangely, conditions are mostly sunny, and although this is described as a cold front, the temperature is rising into the low 40's again after having fallen to just around 30 at sunrise.
Morning Clouds between the Twin Trees
01/30/2009 - Today was a mixture of sun and clouds with mostly sunny conditions ending the daylight period. The horses enjoyed another blanket free day. I brushed each of them during the afternoon and they all seemed to just want to stand around in the sun and soak in the rays!
Harmony behind the Wood Gates
01/29/2009 - Mostly cloudy conditions returned today. The temperature was fairly mild with the mid 30's melting the new snow so that it pretty much blended into the existing snow pack.
Horses Gather for Morning Treats
01/28/2009 - Well, yesterday's late afternoon and evening powdering turned out to be about four inches deep! Today, color in the clouds started the day, and the sun appeared during the mid morning, lighting up the new snow. Clouds mingled with sun throughout most of the day. The late afternoon saw the clouds nearly taking over the sky for a bit of time once more. Some wind blew through though late in the evening, and blew most of the clouds away again.
Colors and Changing Morning Light
01/27/2009 - Clouds drifted into the area overnight and brought along some scattered snow. The morning dose was less than one-half of an inch. Some reappearing snow during the late afternoon is bringing another powdering. During the day, the horses stood on the snowbanks near the barn when we came out for the mid day chores.
Morning Snow Flurries
Horses, near (and Standing on) the Snowbanks
Corrie Standing Tall Against the Sky
01/26/2009 - Clear sky and cold temperatures today. The horses enjoyed the sunlight by resting (both standing and lying down) as it crossed over their paddocks today.
Clear Sky Over the Trees
Horses Standing and Lying in the Sunlight
01/25/2009 - Some sunshine has appeared this morning. There was a cost of course, that being temperatures in the single digits. It is well worth it though since the sun seems to have taken some of the dampness out of the air. ...time passes... The day stayed sunny, if cool. It made for a good day of ranch chores, and a walk with the dogs. The horses stopped along the walking trail for treats of carrots and half of a banana. After sunset, below zero temperature arrived, and is expected to stay as an overnight guest!
A Day around the Ranch - Sun, Horses, and Dogs