Pat Shingleton: "Look Out Below!"
It's not unusual for those that reside in the northern extremes and the northeast to experience snowfall at this time of the year. The "changing leaves" were somewhat deterred this year as maples and cottonwoods still offer beautiful displays. Also at this time of the year, forecasts may include a "snow loading alert." This is especially pertinent to pedestrians. Many "walkers" are put under an alert for not only slippery sidewalks but travel under trees. Trees that hold their leaves into November become a "catch-all" for additional atmospheric conditions. A rare, four-inch snowstorm collects on leaves, increasing the branch weight. Adding heavy, wet snow to tree branches can snap power lines, causing injury below, thus the need for a "snow loading alert."