6 Inches of Snow in 10 Seconds

February 26th, 2015 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

North Alabama got an unusual 6-9 inches of snow last evening, very similar to a storm we had one year ago.

I made the following HD time lapse video of the snow accumulating in my back yard. There were 12 cardinals visiting the bird feeder. The video is made up of one photo every minute for just over 5 hours, from about 3 pm to 8 pm, until the camera battery died.

10 Responses to “6 Inches of Snow in 10 Seconds”

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  1. ben says:

    “…twelve cardinals visiting the feeder…”

    A hotbed of Catholicism, I see.

  2. rah says:

    So you feed the birds Doc! So do I. A 4lb hanging feeder and two seed blocks that I keep us with as well as possible during the winter. And like your video they are at the feeder right now as the snow comes down. We’ll probably get an inch or so though. Just enough to freshen up the winter scene and cover the old snow of which we have about 4″ on the ground here in central Indiana.
    Regular residents at my feeder this time of year:
    Blue Jays
    Tufted Tit Mice
    Nut Hatches
    Downy Woodpeckers
    A larger Red Breasted Woodpecker
    Back capped Chickadees
    House Finches
    Cow Birds
    And a variety of Sparrows.

    Then there are the ever squawking and bickering European Starlings which periodically come in like an unruly and loud gang in their winter bling markings and try to dominate.

  3. Thanks for that.

    The only reason children won’t know what snow is, is if they get taught greenblob non-science and not proper science.

  4. Hoi Polloi says:

    This is exactly what the climate models have been predicting.

  5. Hoi Polloi says:

    “…twelve cardinals visiting the feeder…”

  6. Travis Casey says:

    Nice video, Dr. Spencer.

  7. Paul Linsay says:

    We have the identical bird feeder and stand though the battery on mine has run down so it doesn’t spin to toss off the squrrels. We’ve had so much snow here in Boston that it was over the top of the feeder. It’s now dug out but only to a level of six inches below the feeder where the squirrels now camp out.

    I’ve always wondered how the birds find the feeder. They usually show up within a few hours of the first time I fill it. How do they know?

  8. yonason says:

    What’s wrong with your home page? …(and first article down?)

  9. Norman says:

    How is the driving in Alabama when it snows 6 inches. In Nebraska it slows traffic for a day but the many plows have all major roads cleared as long as strong winds are not blowing.

  10. Thanks Dr. Spencer.
    I gather snow is the white stuff falling from the sky against the modeled scenarios.

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