It seems to be gearing up for a mild winter in the Pacific NW this year. We had a cold snap before Christmas, but I'm noticing a red haze to the alders (emerging catkins), and lots of bird song. No frogs yet.
I chose flurries, but actually we've had flurries twice, and about an inch one day, which was quickly gone. The weathermen in this area keep talking about how amazing it is that we've not had more snow. I can't comment because this is my 2nd winter here, and I like this one better than last year.
Wilmington,just to our North got a tiny bit of flurries in the middle of the night last week, but I don't think they hit the ground. We usually get some flurries that are gone in a few hours. Don't know about this year though. We haven't had even one solid week of Winter temps yet.
HoneybeeNC, you just haven't been in the Queen City long enough. LOL I moved south to get away from treacherous snow and Ice there. Now I'm even more south.
The only way I want to see snow is on TV or the web.
The house we had there had a 60º driveway which was a sled run when frozen. Being in my mid-fifties at the time I wasn't into sledding anymore.
Unusually mild with no snow except for that crazy "Snowtober" storm for Halloween that put everyone's power out for five days. Typically, snow in October is rare, but we usually would have a couple of snowfalls of a few inches by now. It's January and the temperatures have been averaging 15 degrees above normal. My oil bill isn't as high, though.
Wow. I'm surprised to see that "we rarely have snow" is the largest catagory (so far). Here on avg we get a light dusting which lasts less than 1 day once every 10yrs. We had some the last 2 consecutive years, so I figure we should be good now until around 2029.
I wasn't sure how to answer this one. I'm wintering in Mexico. It doesn't snow often in Vancouver but I've heard there's been lots of rain. Glad I've got a bit more light and sun than a typical winter. Sure makes a difference.
Still waiting for the first snowstorm of the season here in southeastern Michigan. So far we've had a few dustings here and there, but not much more than that. Add in the fact that the winter has been extremely mild and even warm at times, and it really doesn't feel like winter yet. Of course, that all could change, but I sure wouldn't mind if we just rolled on into spring from here.
3 to 4 inches in one dump in early Dec here in SE Michigan just 15 miles N of Ann Arbor. MOST unusual!
Expecting that Illinois snow to get here overnight. We'll see. Cold temps and no snow cover not good.
We've had an unseasonably mild and dry winter here, the farmers are already complaining. Water tables will be very low if we don't get some before long. Doesn't seem to be reflected in my utility bill though.
West Texas and 3 significant snowfalls already this winter totaling 19" of snow. over 7 in in the second on and about 6 inches last monday. More snow than we have had in many years... my dogs just run out and plow through it... wish they would not... long haired dogs and snow do NOT mix. They look like snow creatures afterwards.
lhasa that is unbelievable esp. after hearing from wisconsin and michigan. have you really had that much snow?" is the ground covered now? i need to watch the texas weather station more and quit relying on the internet for my weather reports i guess. we have had prob. 6 or 8 nights of overnight freezing but it has thus far warmed up during the days. and tell me another thing...i had wind almost the whole year in 2011. what was it like out there? i cussed wind almost every day until sometimes in nov. i think. lol so if it was bad here i figure yall have sand in your sugar bowls and underwear (chest of) drawers out there. stay warm.
We haven't had any snow yet, and I don't expect much if any, but it has also been incredibly dry and warm. I don't usually get much snow where I live, thought it does tend to fall within a few miles of me, where the elevation is a few hundred feet above my 1300ft. This fall and winter we haven't received much rain, aside from a week or so in November it has been dry and warm. Daytime temperatures have been in the mid 60s and nights in the high 30s at the lowest, though most nights have been in the 40s. No frost yet at my house, the Canna lillies haven't even died back to the ground yet! Also, many plants appear to be breaking bud thinking that spring is coming. The Spirea thunbergii in my backyard is starting to bloom, a few of the Azaleas and Rhododendrons have sent out rouge flowers, one of my Lilacs just put out some leaves, and several of my spring Crocus are in bloom!! I also saw a Lady Banks rose in partial bloom in a neighbor's yard! I hope the poor plants aren't damaged if true winter weather does eventually come... Today it is a bit cooler than it has been, high is around 52*F, and tonight the forecast says it may dip below freezing. I hope the plants are ok. Supposedly we should expect the first true winter rains late this week. I hope they do materialize, I am not looking forward to a summer drought!
Last week on cable news they said if you want to see snow right now (last week), you have to go to Texas - oddly enough. They said that's where the snow is (or was at the time) in the continental US. Alaska is also getting pounded with snow, considerably more than is normal for them, so much that the guard is there shoveling snow. It's hard to imagine Alaska getting more snow than they can handle. On the other hand, ski resorts in places like Colorado and Vermont have had to either use fake snow or close down due to lack of snow. The weather here in my area is fairly normal, so far, that is.
Each of the snow events we had were significant... about 6 inches or more and it took 3 to 4 days each time for it to melt away. It was fantastic for watering the yard and everything else. I am happy to have the moisture.
We did have all the wind last year too. Having lived here since the early 70's I thought I was used to wind until this past year when I too was ready to pull my hair out from the constant roar of wind and sand/dirt in EVERYTHING. A few weeks ago my garage door did not go down and I was not aware of it... on the day we had the worst dust storm of the YEAR!!!! Can you imagine the mess in my garage now???? ... (my two and half car size garage is my storage area!) I can't even think of tackling that mess until the summer... I am considering just throwing it all out rather than trying to clean it all. My washer and dryer are usually white.. they were brown!
I was working in Tennessee a few years ago and when we got a little frost one morning, I used the scraper end of my snow brush to remove it. My snow brush was fascinating to the locals (having never seen one). When it snowed three inches during our shift a few days later, the locals (many of whom which had snickered at the fact that I had to cart around such an apparatus) were all standing around my car waiting for their turn with my Yankee snow brush! I see that the Texans could use a few of these things too.
On a serious note, I'm sorry that you guys are getting dumped on like this. I've seen the effects of just a little snow in the south while working there. Lack of removal equipment, salt, and inexperienced drivers make it a VERY dangerous situation. The best of luck to you guys down there.
Here, we got a couple inches over the weekend just to have it get to 50 and rain today and melt it all. Not to worry...within a few hours it froze and was dusted over again! Winter is still undecided here.
Do you remember the radiator brush that would let you remove dust and cobwebs from an old fashioned radiator? I asked my MN kinfolk to find me one of them. I thought it would be a handy tool to remove dust from cracks and crevices.
Guess what they sent me? A snow brush. This is one Texan with one... but they can keep the snow as far as I'm concerned.
ironworker - we went to San Marcos, TX for two weeks in 2003 and went up to Austin and down to San Antonio - all lovely. The rain that turned to sleet and ice made driving impossible. We felt for the drivers unaccustomed to dealing with it and I35 was hard hit with accidents, guard rails knocked down, etc.
I don't blame you, podster, for not wanting the ice and snow! We've escaped it so far this winter...so far. I doubt we'll get through the next 2+ months without being hit a few times.
My daughter was born in Florida and moved here to NC as an adult...
One morning she called me and said: "Mom, there's ice on the car's windshield, how do I get it off?" I told her she needed an ice scraper. She said she didn't have one, so I told her to use a credit card to scrape off the ice.
When she told her fellow co-workers about not knowing that windshields could get coated with ice, they laughed!
Even up here when kids move out on their own they don't think about buying a scaper for the car because mom and dad usually scraped all the cars before going to work, so we hear stories all the time of what they use...credit cards, cd's, nail files...LOL