Snow fence

Although we cannot remember the year, Joanna and I both remember that the girls were once able to swim in the pond before the end of the month of March. The prognostications of Punxsutawney Phil notwithstanding we had significant snowfall last weekend, just before our vernal equinox, and the weather report is calling for measurable snow for tomorrow. Those who do not regularly see snow may not recognize the snow fence below. These are placed perpendicular to prevailing winds and along lengthy stretches of road which run through open, treeless, or unobstructed areas. The term fetch is most usually associated with oceans and refers to a span of water over which wind blows to generate waves. When winds blow along a lengthy fetch there is more time for the wind to impart energy to the water and larger waves may result. I think it appropriate then to use the word fetch in this farmland context as well. When there is snow on the ground or in the air, and winds blow along a lengthy fetch, they will accumulate significant snow loads and these may be deposited across, and thereby obstruct, roads. When such winds hit a snow fence however, they are slowed and the load is deposited at the fence … and the road, just downwind, is spared. This snow fence made for a nice image in the morning light.


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