Freezing rain on the antennas
Today we have had freezing rain. The temperature has been just a few degrees below freezing and as the rain hits the ground or other structures it freezes. This ice can build up producing thick layers. It sticks to the cars, trees and antennas. So today I have been watching the antennas and checking they have not come down under the weight of the ice. The photo below shows the Par end-fed antenna that I have as a back-up antenna. You can see the ice encasing the antenna wire, cable and support line.
So far none of the antennas have come down.
Besides the treacherous road conditions this freezing rain produces, there is a risk to power lines. For locals here in Ottawa this causes them to remember the devastating ice storm of 1998. The damage and havoc caused by that storm is shown in the CBC archive footage below. So far, thankfully, this current round freezing rain has not been as severe as 1998.
CBC Archives: 1998 Ice Storm
UPDATE: 27th Dec. 2009.
Well, we did loose power today. From 2:30 am to 11:30 am we had no electric and since we are on a well that meant there was no water either. So we woke and switched into ’emergency preparedness’ mode. Thankfully we have natural gas for cooking so we could boil water for a cup of tea (my English origins still show through).
Temperatures were good for the time of year, about 0ºC, and so the house did not get cold. Later in the day temperatures went a little positive and so much of the ice melted.