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The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group. It's a place to note the things you've seen in the natural world around you. Whether it's weather, bobcats, fish, bugs, meteorites, climate, birds, flowers, or old rocks, nothing is too big or too small, if it's part of the natural world, this is the place to talk about it. So please let us know what's going on in your neighborhood and whereabouts that is.
Here's a quick bucket to get today's conversation started. When the weather gets interesting, traffic cams can tell us what's down the highway. How far away is the ice and snow? Are the roads passable?

During the January 29 winter storm in Atlanta, the cameras revealed multitudes of scenes like this one:

On Wednesday, with people staying at home, and the highways being treated before the ice arrived, the highways looked like this instead:

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traffic cam

The freezing rain caused many of the images to be framed with icicles.

traffic cam
My favorites, from an artistic point of view, were from cameras whose lenses had iced over. They aren't very useful for studying traffic, but they're fun to look at.
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traffic cam
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traffic cam
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traffic cam
All images are courtesy Georgia Department of Transportation.

The icy weather barely made it to Macon. All day Wednesday, the temperature hovered a degree or two above freezing as sheets of cold rain fell. After dark, ice began to accumulate, but by then the storm was winding down. We only received a light coating of ice. My home lost power for about an hour Thursday morning when an icy pine limb fell on a power line in my neighborhood. By noon, the ice had melted, and the sun began to peek through the thinning clouds.

Your turn. What's happening in your area?



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