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Continuation of the Trip to Polson

This is the second part of the series of pictures I took on the trip to Polson, Montana, on November 8. The first set of pictures I shared was for the first 15 or 16 miles of the trip. This group of images covers about the same distance, from where the last picture was taken to the little town of Dixon, just before the place where we turned down the road that goes by the National Bison Range and cuts across to the main highway that links Polson, Ronan, and Missoula.

This is after the first real snowfall of the year and for the most part, the clouds in this area were higher above us than in the last set. Some of them were even breaking up, giving us glimpses of blue sky and sunshine. Again, even if you visited Montana, you aren’t likely to see the area this way since it isn’t likely that you’d make the trip right after the first snowfall of the year. 

I should mention that the outside air temperature for this entire trip was between 25 F and 30 F (-1 C and -3 C). The clouds that can be seen in these images are made of a combination of snow, ice crystals, and super-cooled water vapor that tends to freeze on anything it touches. At ground level, this would be ice fog.

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Written by Rex Trulove

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    • We make this trip a couple of times to three times per month. My daughter makes most of the trip every day since she works in Ronan, which isn’t far from Polson. This particular trip was perfect for pictures, though, since it was right after the first snowstorm and everything was coated.

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