Tracking the wind
While out after the snowstorm I was struck by the pattern of snow accumulation on the trees. This pattern doesn’t happen all that often, but when it does it’s so beautiful. I love spinning around and going from seeing a soft, white world, to a starkly contrasting white/dark world. TheÂ leeward side of treesÂ remains bare, while the windward sides of the trunks of trees accumulates snow. So the snow points the direction from which the wind was blowing. In this case, it was a northerly wind (the wind was blowing out of the north to the south).
This pattern tends to happen when the snow comes with a sustained, steady wind and temperatures hover around freezing. Colder weather means dry snow, which doesn’t allow for the snow to stick as well, and if the wind shifts directions it can knock the snow that’s accumulated off of the trunk of the tree.