I always thought icicles formed when the air temperature was warmer than freezing (32 degrees F) and the melting snow dripped and refroze due to chilly wind. However, icicles began forming on our house (and our neighbor's) while the air temperature was still well below freezing. How this happens, I don't know.
Here are icicles hanging off our neighbor's house. These are hanging off our house.
Our house is kind of like a 3-tier wedding cake. So when the icicles fall off of the 2nd and 3rd story roofs and hit the roof below, the peace and quiet of my office is suddenly interrupted by a "thud". The thuds have startled Pouncer a few times. Jordan is hard-of-hearing so she's completely unaware.
It still amazes me that anything was melting when the temperature was below freezing. Maybe the roofs are warmer because heat rises in the house and the attic is vented? I don't know.
Spouse's office was open today so he went to work. He claims to be feeling much better even though he still sounds sick.
I'm still sick too. My team (5 of us) were supposed to go to Richmond today to meet our boss and our new VP of Sales (our boss's boss). However, the roads are still not good and the DC area is expecting another snow storm tonight. We may get a few more inches here, too. So our new VP gave us the option of not coming, and the 3 of us who had not yet left stayed home. I wouldn't have gone anyway, even if the roads were fine and there was no inclement weather forecasted. I am too sick and weak to drive 5 hours, sit through a day of meetings, then drive 5 hours back home. Plus it would be rather rude for me to blow my nose and cough all over everyone. Our rain check is for next Tues.
Crush du Jour: Juan Martin del Potro