Thursday, January 7, 2010

Frozen river

We've had several days of below-freezing weather, and now folks on a blog at the Channel 3 Web site are talking about when the Ohio River froze over during the winter of 1977. I well remember the day the river froze over. The temperature fell to about minus-17 the night before.

I also remember some cold weather in the 1980s. In the winter of 1983-84, I think, the temperatures dropped way down around Christmas and stayed cold into January. In the bend at Clipper Mills, Ohio, just below Gallipolis, I stopped one day to watch the ice floes go by. What I didn't expect was to hear the crunching and grinding noises as they collided near the shore.

Well, no one expects the river to freeze. A lot of people say it's too polluted, but the simple truth is that the water isn't cold enough yet to freeze. And it probably won't be. If you all don't mind, I'm not looking forward to weather that's cold enough to freeze the Ohio River. That's just plain too cold.

1 comment:

michelle said...

LOL, I was thinking about that winter of '77 myself yesterday. Barely remember it, but remember it I do. A few years ago, I'd have thought it would be pretty neat if the river froze again. :) Not anymore! I tried something brave a bit ago, just to see if I still had it in me: I walked out to the mailbox in bare feet. DUMB DUMB DUMB. :) I guess that means I'm all grown up :)So a snow angel is out of the question.

With you, I don't want the river to freeze. Although it would make for some pretty pictures...