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    Posted December 10, 2012 by
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    Your best 2012 weather photo

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    Winter Storm Brings Beauty and Needed Moisture


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     mediaman shot these photos the afternoon of December 9 in and around the rural area of Chaseburg, Wisconsin, when the temperature was about 37 degrees fahrenheit. Most were taken with a Canon 70-200mm lens. 'I had to do some hiking through the corn fields to get the corn shocks. It was worth it to capture the monochromatic beauty of the scenes,' he said. 'Sometimes you just have to reach down deep inside, and say, "I am going to weather the storm."'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    The first significant winter snowfall of the season fell in the Midwest over the weekend. The new falling snow blanketing the landscape was captured in a series of images. The stunning monochromatic tapestry of tones resembles the look of traditional black and white photographs.

    Meteorologists are hoping this snowfall will go far in starting to alleviate some of the prolong drought effects seen in the Midwest during the summer of 2012. According to meteorologist Jonathan Erdman of the Weather Channel, prior to the weekend storm, barely 16% of the 48 contiguous states in the country had snow on the ground, compared to around 60% last year.

    It is easy to forget the dramatic and historic impact of the summer’s drought when looking at the gallery of winter images. Time will tell if the winter moisture will lead to healthier crops for the summer of 2013. Perhaps the graceful winter photos will be a harbinger of greener pastures in the spring. Stay tuned.
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