Winter Blast

Trees coated from freezing rains
Trees coated from the weekend’s freezing rains east of Eureka made a house on a hill into a real-life Courier & Ives setting on Sunday, January 16.

Kansas’ winter powers showed off over the weekend.

Here are three photos that captured the extremes of winter’s blast that the freezing rain and high winds wrought, with a heavy, dense fog thrown in for added fun.  

I was based in El Dorado for three days with a trio of events to photograph for my documentary. They spread south on Friday to Augusta, then south to Winfield on Saturday, and east from El Dorado to Eureka before my return home Sunday.

The line of storms brought snow to the north, while in my area, harsh blasts of 30mph winds along with freezing rain and some snow left the area a frozen spectacle.

Through it all, the only real issue was the other raging storm, the Omicron virus that forced the cancellation of Friday’s game between two girls’ basketball teams at the last minute. I’d rather deal with any winter storm than see COVID-19 continue to wreak its havoc. Stay well, I pray.

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Jeff Jacobsen has photographed practically every big event the sports world has to offer during a professional career that spans over 52 years. Jacobsen has seen things up close that only a diehard sports fan could in their dreams. His work for the Topeka Capital-Journal, Arizona Republic, Kansas Athletics, Inc., many national publications and now Action Images Photography, Inc., cemented his reputation as one of the nation’s finest sports photographers.

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