Visibility IV / V
The ice mist was extremely dense and my jacket slowly changed from black to almost white as the icing accumulated over the hours. Given how heavy the crystal rain was, the sky remained nicely transparent.
Temperatures ranged from -12 to -15. The best stage was, I think, minus fifteen. Although the conditions at the nearest observation stations were the so-called on paper condition, no ice mist took to spread. But then some kind of threshold was crossed and soon there were ice skiers in the area of square kilometers. As I drove away, I noticed that there seemed to be local pockets in the air anyway.
The play always changed its character. This was probably related to the slowly intensifying frost. In the beginning there was a good Moilanen and it was followed by a column stage seasoned with Parry. Then we went tile-weighted and finally dominated by a random and followed by a thin column-hr. Admittedly, it was evident earlier in the column phase. I tried to get Mikkilää out of the best Moilas stage, but it didn't work.
This was kind of a 13-hour squeeze, and I just couldn’t wake up from a couple of hours of sleep depicting the halo of the sunrise. An unworthy man. But I’m glad I got to walk and watch in peace at night. After the severe failures of last winter, this was really a balm for an observer tormented by a lack of halos.