I live in an area that gets snow on the ground maybe every 30-40 years. However, there is a nearby mountain that is visible from my house that regularly gets patchy snow every winter. I chose "No snow yet", because so far this year the mountain has been bare.
We've had snow on the ground since before Christmas. And a few 3 -4 inches snowfalls after that. Still have about 5 inches left on the grassy areas. The temps are supposed to rise into the 50's by the weekend into beginning of next week. It's the "January Thaw" I suppose, but February & March usually bring more snow. March is usually a doozy! Two years ago we had about a foot of snow around St. Patty's Day! If I ever win LOTTO I will definately become a snowbird! :>)
We haven't had snow and really aren't expecting it. It would be inaccurate to say that we never have snow (as in "Snow? What's that?"). We typically have a light dusting of snow once every 10yrs - which is pretty close to no snow at all. Since we had our 'dusting' a couple years ago, snow would not be expected this year.
I would like snow, too, especially if we could get enough to make snow cream and if the snow would stick around for a day or two (which is all but unheard of here where a whole inch of snow is enormous and where snow, when it does show up, often does so at night and is gone shortly after daybreak).
warm here mostly. Have been running A/C or opening windows. Have had a couple of lite frost and some upper twenty temps at night. Black-eyed Susan Vine, Milkweed, Red Ruellia, Brugs, Gingers, Bottle Brush Tree still blooming. Not many plant have died back just bloomed out for the season. First time ever I have been able to harvest seed from my White Phillipine Violet. Has always frozen back before seeds ready
Forgot to say I moved 4 Gulf Fritillary Caterpillers to another larger passi vine today. They were down to 1 leaf left on that plant
Not quite that light a dusting! But that did get a good laugh out of me. It actually is snow, sometimes an inch or so but more often it looks like a powdered sugar decoration on a cake, so thin a layer that you can still see the outline of twigs and leaves in places. Once, several decades ago we actually scored some 5in, a foot in the drifts, and it 'stuck' for a whole 3 days. That was so unprecedented that we labeled it our 'Blizzard'. We rolled up the city, closed all the businesses, and stayed home until it melted. Folks from areas with 'real' snow would no doubt have died laughing at us.
DreamofSpring - we'd still call that a dusting here :)
CountryGardens - How much did you get "that one day" before Christmas? We got 18" that day 'in the cities' - well, in my yard anyway.
We've had a total of 23" or so - more coming this weekend. Supposed to rain & turn to snow - possible significant snowfall. I havent heard totals, but it would require the snow blower/plow.
we have usually had at least a few inches by now, or at least some ice...its been freakishly warm the whole winter season, as was last winter too. Its been throwing things off around here---trees starting to try to re bud too early, and bugs bugs bugs.
That was a once in 4 decades event for us. When we see a few snowflakes dancing in the wind, we get all dizzy with anticipation and call everyone else, so they can see. We really only see that a time or two in a decade, and then it may melt before it reaches the ground. Even a paltry dusting is a noteworthy event around here.
Still chuckling at your "3ft of partly cloudy" up there. I've never even seen more than a few inches of the white stuff; wouldn't know what to do with 3ft. Don't worry though, we get ours in summer - when we have to mop up the 3ft of sweat from our brows.
WE had snow and then the passed few days a warm up. At 5pm tonight we had NO snow on the ground. Fell asleep around 10, woke up about 1am and there is some snow on the ground once again.
Why can't it make up its mind??????
We are getting just a little popcorn snow everyday ,but it is just flat cold here 21° which is plenty cold for SE Oklahoma ..I talked to a friend that lives in Northern California yesterday and he said it was -12° there He lives at 3k ft. elevation... Better he than me
We have had flurries once, and SNOW once, 6"-8". It stayed on the ground over a week. I'm ready for some more. We've just gotta have it one more time so I can make SnowCreme!!! My 92-year-old Mom --must-- have her snowcreme!! LOL
PAgirl60: I suspect it resembles Bosco Freeze. You'd put lids full of Bosco Chocolate Syrup on the windowsill and wait for them to get snowed on and freeze over. Also, in the days of glass bottles and milkmen, you might find a neck of frozen milk that you could cut off and sugar and Bosco.
Oh, how I LOVE snow cream!!! FlowrLady's recipe is exactly the same as the one my Mom made. The "5in Blizzard" was the 1st time in my life that we got enough snow for snow cream. You need more than a scant dusting, after all, to be able to scoop up fresh, clean snow. The 'Blizzard' snow stayed on the ground for 3 days, something that never happens here, and we ate snow cream all 3 days. We ate it until we ran out of evaporated milk - and then Mom sent me down the street (on foot) for more. We don't have snow plows, snow blowers, or snow shovels down here, but we did our best to eat our way out.
In my opinion, snow cream is better than even the best quality ice cream, but it may just be the rarity of the treat that makes it such a treasure to me. I've only had snow cream twice in my entire life. We just don't get that much snow around here. (Could some of you in prime snow country please scoop up a big tub of snow and send it down here?)
BTW, there is at least one major ice cream company that sells a flavor labeled 'snow cream' (packaged in the '1/2 gallon' size, which as you know is no longer 1/2 gallon). While it isn't as good as the real thing, it is a decent substitute when the real thing isn't an option. Sorry, I don't recall the brand name. If I see it the next time I'm at the market, I'll post that info in case anyone is interested. (Wouldn't it be hilarious if they are actually scooping up snow by the truck load, adding the ingredients from FlowrLady's list, and packaging it up for sale?)
We have been enjoying this lovely spring-like weather for about a week now. Nights in the 60's, days in the 70's, beautiful sunny weather. Heck, the daffodils and irises are already up and trying to get a jump on spring. In truth this really isn't unusual for Charleston this time of year. Most years I'm running the A/C on New Years Day. This is my favorite time of year here. Spring is nice, too, but is over in a whirlwind and followed by punishing heat. Fall and winter are like spring w/o as many flowers - still have camellias blooming even now.
I think we are expecting a few cold days soon. Forecast says we'll dip down to a low of 37F and high of 55-66 the end of this week before temps rise again. What I love about our winter weather is that cold spells only last a day or two and are interspersed with nice spring-like weather. I usually say that winter here is the last week or two of Jan plus the first 2 weeks of Feb. That usually our coldest time. By the 2nd week of Jan daffodils will be blooming. After that it's a rush to summer. Winters here are nice. Summers not so much.
Thanks for the recipe. I will have to give that a try. Good to have a recipe for us snow deprived folks. Just to make sure we are all on the same track though, real snow cream is not something you drink but rather something you eat. The texture is similar to that of ice cream or maybe granita or Italian Ice. The snow quickly freezes the relatively small quantity of evaporated milk added (hence the reason for using evaporated milk vs regular). The entire thing maintains a snow-like, crystalline texture. Difficult to describe. Awesomely good. Definitely not a liquid. :-)
Reynardine: That is a very appealing pic today. It's 27.3 outside right now, and it's been that way for about 3 weeks. Even though I want snow, I'd opt for a trip to Sanibel Island in a New York minute!! I love the shelling beach there.
DreamOfSpring: I think you could use just about any flavoring you like in the snowcreme. I like mine 'vanilla'. It brings back childhood memories.
You guys are making me homesick for north Mississippi, where I lived most of my life. I miss zone 7 very much. I'm in 5 now, and it's a BIG difference.
That sounds about right for the snow cream flavor of ice cream. I only had it once. I did find it to be surprisingly good. After I posted that info, I realized most of the people on here probably have no need for such a product given that they have ample snow with which to make the real stuff. That made me wonder if perhaps the ice cream version might only be marketed in southern states - but then KY does get snow.
If you haven't been to Google yet today, there search page has a snow plow game today. I played it a few minutes - and then remembered I have work to do!
Actually, Dream of Spring, if you substituted sweetened condensed milk for the milk, cream, and sugar, and added a little vanilla, you'd probably have something similar to snow cream. Also, you can pour it into a suitable container and put that in the freezer compartment. You might also use Greek yogurt instead of plain.
Blood pressure induced me to forswear ice cream, but if Blue Bell makes it, I just might be bad the once.
Decided to post a pic, albeit not a good one, but it shows one of my camellias loaded with buds and blooms. It's back lit and also shows lots of afternoon sunshine. I took this pic yesterday. (Sorry, my garden is looking sad right now. It has been largely untended for several years now since my injury took me out of commission - for the time being.) This photo is my offering to all of you who are facing or enduring heavy snow, ice, and cold temps. I hope it will serve as a reminder that (1) it's always spring somewhere and (2) your spring will be there very soon. :-)
But you CAN grow peonies, lilac, oriental poppies, golden chain tree, and lupines, just a few of the fabulous flowers that we cannot grow here due to the heat. I do love my camellias, but I would gladly give them all up for just one big, pink, double peony of the Sara Bernhardt variety. Enjoy all the lovely things you CAN grow in your area.
I also have Japanese Flowering Quince (as opposed to varieties grown for fruit). One big difference when comparing quince to camellias is bloom size. Quince blooms tend to be on the small side, around 1in in diameter, give or take a little, whereas camellia blooms are roughly the size of roses (3-5in diameter, est). I mention this only because camellias aren't seen in much of the country, so I figure they may be new or largely unknown to many people. I would hate for readers to get the impression that camellia blooms are similar in size to those of the quince (although I grow & enjoy both).
Camellias, quince, and hellebores are among the short list of plants that keep my yard in steady bloom right through winter when most plants are dormant.
I left camellias AND flowering quince behind... My quince had a bloom somewhere on it most all of the time. I thought it was a miracle bush. I loved it.
Since I know peonies and hydrangeas grow well here, I have peonies around two sides of the side yard, and hydrangeas up against the house. They are beautiful, too, but very common here. Oh well, they are not 'common' to me. The blooms can last a long time, and in my zone 7 garden, the blooms, especially on the peonies, didn't last very long. I'd love to see your yarden, DreamOfSpring. :)
Yesterday we were pushing 80. Had to run the fans all afternoon and night, and was tempted to turn on the A/C. Also, the buds on my daffodils are fat and turning yellow. They will be opening very soon.
minnesippi, you folks up there must have thicker blood. I freeze up and go into hibernation when the mercury dips into the 40s, that's +40 not -40. Brrrr!
Got 2 more inches last night and forecast is calling for a total of 10" by the end of next week - spread out through out the week...Current temp is 0. International Falls was -36 actual air temp over night. Thursday, 36,000 people in my area lost power for several hours...it was -12 that day.
Just to clarify, we have very different definitions for 'dusting'. Here a 'dusting' doesn't even fully cover the ground. It's like the loose pattern of powdered sugar sometimes applied to the top of an cake w/o frosting. Around here, 2in, on the other hand, is well on the way to a blizzard. ;-)
On a more serious note, I am very sorry to hear that some are w/o power in such cold temps. I do hope power will be restored to the area very soon.
OMG! We are expected to get snow tonight - maybe. Actually, the NWS is expecting snow for the greater Charleston tri-county area. As the tricounty area includes substantial area north and west of the city of Charleston, that doesn't necessarily mean snow for me - but I can hope. The bad news is that the snow is expected to begin after dark and end by 1AM - w/o any accumulation. Argh! And I already had my bowl ready. Bummer. Sadly, that is what usually happens here on the rare occasion that it does snow. It snows at night and is gone by daybreak. :-(
Guess I will have to go stand outside with my bowl. That way I can (1) enjoy the snow before it disappears and (2) catch a bowl of snow cream. :-)
Our last frost day is April 30. I'm hoping for some accumulation (at least once) before then... but I'm wondering if it will happen. It will be 45 today and 52 tomorrow. But I've got my fingers crossed for sometime before April 30. Want snocream at least one more time.
We didn't get any snow, just rain in the afternoon. After dark and by the time the temp had dropped low enough for snow, we had a clear, starry sky w/o a cloud in sight. I was a bit disappointed but not all that much, not after remember the last snow, another nighttime event and one in which the power went out almost immediately, leaving me walking around the cold, dark house with candles only to find the snow almost completely melted by the time I awoke the next morning.
My azaleas had begun blooming early along with a number of other plants. The blooms look all limp and soggy this morning. Not a good look, really.