Winter, during my absence, has settled upon Butte, as it should well have. My neighbor reports I have around 3' of snow in the yard, up to the top of the fence, as it should be. Night before last the low was -27, That's without wind chill. Chicago mad the national news with -20, in Butte it just make the weather page. However....The Berkeley Pit froze over, good for the errant bird that want's to land on the water. It has a Ph of 1.8, so kind of acidic. Nonetheless, it froze over.