Wednesday, December 11, 2013
High winds combined with snow can cause a condition that I like to call "snirt." That's when the wind picks up the dust on the ground and settles it in with the snow.
An almost icy coating results as the snirt covers fields and drifts across roads. Often it is caught in the ditchbanks where it creates patterns that resembled sculptured rock formations.
M-25, the highway that circles Huron County, running along the shoreline, is subject to many places where the snirt blows across the fields and on to the highway. These are the same strong westerly winds that form sand dunes and move wind turbines and cause us Thumb area residents to say that "gee, it really is cold today."