Roof Glacier Update

My roof glacier has melted a lot!

March 13
March 16
March 17 – disappearing in the sun.

In the night I was awakened by a thunk but couldn’t find anything amiss inside. Then I realized that some of the roof glacier had probably fallen; in the morning I saw some snowfall underneath the glacier. Between the melting and the falling, I don’t think it’s going to last long!

Happy Saturday.

22 thoughts on “Roof Glacier Update”

    1. Night noises don’t usually bother me much, and here, there could be noisy animals, too. In the morning I found two sets of impressively sized snowshoe hare tracks on my doorstep and around the driveway, too, so they may have been noisy, but I actually think it was the falling snow. Cheers.

    1. Yes, isn’t that blue sky really something? That’s very characteristic of the north where sunset and sunrise colours are also really intense because of the angle at which light travels near the top of the world. I’m going to miss those dramatic sky colours when I return permanently to the south in October.

    1. Then you would totally understand about these! This one is melting at such a rapid rate that little pieces are constantly falling, so I don’t think there will be a grand slide. Thanks for commenting.

  1. Amazing how our homes survive all the winter misery. We often hear rattles and clunks as ice falls down vent stacks and snow slides off the roof. Good to see the back of it. Have a great Saturday Lynette. Allan

    1. Thanks, Allan. I agree. It’s amazing what our homes are designed to withstand, especially up here. Our northern home has been great (it’s a rental); very comfortable and warm, and we don’t usually hear anything from the roof; only when the snow or ice hits the ground. Cheers.

    1. No, it won’t, because the snow/ice awning above the railing has been trimmed back (and above the door, too). From the picture it does look like it could be a concern, but it’s safe. The snow ridge that starts forming in November is regularly trimmed throughout the winter, otherwise we would at some point have trouble getting the door open! Cheers, Wayne. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Adele. It’s my last subarctic winter, so I’m unlikely to experience another ice age. I am constantly amazed at how intense the sky colours are here in NWT. I know the scientific explanation, but my visual appreciation never wanes, and I will miss this gorgeous spectrum.

    1. Yes, it’s moving along at a very rapid pace as the sun is shining on it for about 10 hours a day now, and even if we are still generally below 0, it’s quite warm standing in it (I’ve stopped wearing my parka). If the sun keeps up, it will mostly be gone in the next few days, probably.

  2. We don’t have to worry about this. We got solar panels recently and the snow slides right off of them. We do have to worry about being underneath one of them when the snow slides. It’s heavy and makes a loud thump when it lands. Snow guards are in the offing. Until we got the panels I would take a roof rake to the snow so we would not get ice dams. This looks like it could make those. Is this your old or new home?

    1. This is a rental house that I live in while working here in Northwest Territories. ( My home is in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. ( There’s a housing authority that I rent from and they look after the snow loads on the roofs and on the eaves pretty effectively. The houses here are also designed with heavy snowfalls in mind. This is my last subarctic winter as I’m retiring in October. I’ve done six!! Cheers.

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