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The weather has taken a dramatic turn

1/30/08 – The weather has taken a dramatic turn here at Sawbill. The night before last, it was 34 degrees and raining hard. Due to the ground being very cold, the rain froze into a solid sheet of ice on the roads and paths. Yesterday the temperature plunged all day long and last night hit -22 degrees with 35 mph winds. I stood next to a healthy, hundred year old red pine last night and I could hear small cracking noises in the trunk. – Bill
The fast temperature drop, combined with high winds, is literally snapping branches off of trees. This large white pine branch landed on the store roof.
The big white pine next to the store is one branch lighter.
The birds are feeding frantically – trying to keep warm.