One of my friends from high school wanted to know what its called when it's raining ice. Ice storms aren't all that common in Colorado - There's usually your blizzard, the snow storm, the flurry, sleeting, hailing and raining. There is rarely ever any raining ice (well, I guess hail is technically raining ice, but those are large ice chunks, not the small rain drop sized ice). Hence, "ricing".
It was COLD today. Bright, sunny, and 30 degrees. That's Colorado weather, right there (especially when you add in the fact that it was 78 the day before). The only way it could have possibly been even more like Colorado weather would be if it had been sunny and 60 at 9 am but 30 and snowing by 2pm.
To show you how cold it was when I came home (27, by the way), here is a picture of a drop of water on my broccoli plant:
THAT, ladies and gents, is a drop of ice. Also, the plant, it is hard, and snappy. Not a good sign.
In similar news, I had to put the grill cover back on the grill this afternoon (as it blew off last night), and there was some water that was pooled in some of the recessed areas. That water fell onto the deck and was frozen not 5 minutes later.
I went ahead and covered the onions and garlic in the garden with some sheets, but it's likely not going to do a whole bunch of good (though I guess it's better that the plants be at 20 instead of 17)...