The Dreaded Inversion

We’ve been stuck in one of our infamous inversions since just before Christmas. And on Christmas day, the air quality in Cache Valley was the worst in the nation! Now it’s bad enough to be suffering through daytime highs of 8°F and nighttime lows near -10°F, but then throw breathing the dirtiest air in the nation into that equation, and well, it just makes you want to take a little trip.

And the cows are feeling the same way. Our milk production has really dropped this last week or so, not to worry though, our cheese yields have gone through the roof—plenty of milk solids still there to coax into cheese.

The ice fog did make for some pretty scenes, and the afternoon sunlight certainly took on a strange tint. I am posting some pictures taken the last few days … all showing the “positive” side to this not-so-great part of living in Cache Valley. This morning we awoke to snow falling and a thermometer reading of 22°F so things are looking up.—PS

Hoar frost coats a spider web on the grain bin.

Hoar frost coats a spider web on the grain bin.

Even a lariet hanging in the hay barn collected frost.

Even a lariet hanging in the hay barn collected frost.

One of the barn cats tries to squeeze a little warmth out of the late afternoon sun.

One of the barn cats tries to squeeze a little warmth out of the late afternoon sun.

About Pete

My wife and I own and operate Rockhill Creamery, a farmstead cheese business in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. We have two children, both married and living in Salt Lake City. We were both newspaper people in our former lives, but decided to head down the agriculture path about 12 years ago.
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One Response to The Dreaded Inversion

  1. Sage says:

    Pete, your photography skills are amazing… I love this last pic.

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