Piles of it! It's a typical Western NY winter. Lots of snow. Then it gets warm enough to melt a bit. Then it freezes again. So now there's ice under the snow. Makes it fun to walk down the driveway to get the mail. But my mom was from Texas and lived in fear of the twisters. She always said she'd rather live here. the snow will always melt eventually. No hurricanes, no earthquakes...all in all, not so bad.
We've had piles and piles of snow. We had record breaking snow in December... the snowiest month ever recorded in our area. Now we have record breaking cold coming. Seems all we do here this winter is shovel and shiver. I just keep telling myself that every day is closer to spring.
It doesn't snow where I live and I want to know who's sending all the cold temperature's down this way? Brrr ... we are going to have a very cold week here, with expected lows in the 30's and highs only in the 50's and 60's! Yikes, twenty degrees below what we've been experiencing for a long while!
I do remember a few years ago when we actually had snow flurries here in Daytona Beach! It was kinda neat, standing out and seeing little teeny snowflakes floating through the air! But, I don't want all that COLD, white stuff down here. I Love seeing the beautiful photo's and would love to take a vacation some winter to where there's snow but I can't imagine having to endure more than three or four days of it! Born and raised in the South, I've never driven in snow and ice and don't want to have that experience!
CountryGardens & WNYwillieB and Staceysmom: Your photo's are beautiful to this southern lady ... serene and peaceful scenery. It's really something to go from one day with the flowers blooming, and the next having everything covered in snow. What a difference one day can make in the North!
Kristi_L, what a gorgeous St. Bernard! My sister and her husband had one many years ago ... named him "Boozer"! He was a sweetie but didn't have snow to eat ... they lived in Miami, so he had the pool to swim in!
It's very unusual to have snow in New Orleans,but about 3 weeks ago,we had 5"!! It snowed about half the day, but was gone the next morning. In 2 days, the temps were back up in the 70's. Today, we're having another cold snap - it's down to the low 60's.
We're expecting -6 here only on the Farenheit scale which makes it -21 C ! That's a predicted night time low this week :-( I've had enough snow to last me all winter already. We're over 5 feet of snow with the same melt-thaw cycle Buffalo has had. Nice to be rid of the snow but once you get a melt followed by a freeze you've got a sheet of ice on the ground and walking is treacherous. Since we have livestock we can't stay in doors and enjoy the view. Wednesday high is suppose to be 9F or -12C. Yuk! May it be a short winter and a long spring for all!!
Kristi, I love your St Bernard. Some friends of our used to have one named Boulder. She said the first time she'd ever seen a St Bernard puppy was when she went to college in Boulder, CO. So when she got her first St she decided to name him Boulder since that was where she saw her first.
I had to click on: Yes, it covered the ground, but is gone now. I love the snow, it makes for a peaceful calm in the area. My Labs love the snow too! They like to eat it as well, also run their noses through it like snow plows! This was taken last yr when they were 4 month old pups. DH had plowed the driveway and put it in a pile for them to play on.
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Mamasita: Thank you, thank you, thank you! To me, there is nothing better than a good winter snowstorm, some good stout soup on the stove or in a crock and knowing I don't have anywhere to go! Oh, yeah, bring it on!
We get a light dusting of snow about once every decade or so. Had the last one in '97. It's great when we do get that .0001in of snow because we have to shut the whole city down and take the day off from work. Now that you mention it, I think we are overdue for another snow day.
scutler, you bring a smile to my face. I moved with my family to Charlotte, NC in April of 1996 from northern New Jersey. That past winter we had the blizzard of the century, with around two feet of snow on the ground for weeks on end. I couldn't leave NJ fast enough. I know the western NY folks are rolling their eyes, but hey, that's a lot of snow for NJ. We lived in Charlotte for 4 years. One of those years there was a freak snowstorm with 6 inches of snow. Well, it was just as you said, the whole city shut down so the two snow plows owned by the city could take care of the roads. I loved living in Charlotte, not least of all for its proximity to Charleston, a truly lovely city.
They're predicting sub-zero temps for us later this week. I'm going to bundle my crape myrtles (another thing I loved about Charlotte) in burlap so they don't get zapped.
We are having a "January Thaw ". Snow and ice are melting fast during the balmy 40 degree days and then freezing again at night when it's in the low 20's. I read somewhere that February is our biggest snow month here.
I Had to say yes to snow and ice and it is still on the ground and probably will still be there until the end of March. I usually use a skid loader to clear my 175 feet of drive way. This fall I had a hydrostatic pump go out, so now it takes longer with a garden tractor with a snow blower on the front. I can clean out in front of a friends store front and parking, then use it on my driveway. Not a bad deal unless it is really cold and windy. I may have to build a heat houser for his unit. :>)
Well at least I know where my wheel barrow is.
Hemophobic, you are so right about a good, stout soup ready to eat after cleaning up after a storm! This last time, I prepared a batch of copycat Zuppa Toscana (Olive Garden makes the original) and it really hit the spot! I usually make Hot & Sour soup or, (even better), a large pot of chili.
Had 15 inches here in Portland, Oregon. It was around for a while, then freezing rain, and snow again, etc. It's all gone now but I wish we would get more as long as it melts slowly to avoid flooding. My dog LOVES the snow!
Yep, I'm with Jeri in Louisiana... it's rare that we can check "It covered the ground but now it's gone". The odd years that it snows here, the snow usually comes in February. We got an early treat this year that lasted well into the next day. YAY!
Beautiful pictures of the snow. We had snow only twice that I can remember, once in '73 and then again in '82. Both only lasted the one day. I do remember everyone freaked out, nothing open but the hospital, fire dept and police station.
We had snow - In zone 9a on Dec. 13th- Right outside Houston by The Coast. It was so different that it made news on CNN.
Covered the ground for over 24 hours here is the snowman my oldest son made on our porch he was smitten until my son tripped in the snow and knocked his head off.
Portland1 I fire up the greenhouse in late Feb with an electric heater and shut it down end of November. I don't overwinter plants in there. I have a cold room. I germinate most of my seeds in there and start all my dahlias. In the summer it's a tomato/basil house.
i think it is so crazy that you guys in z 9 have snow at all . we have barely had any flurries and defiantly no sticking . no ice or black ice . it has barely been winter here . i better shut mouth we are supposed to get some temps below 10 for a couple days .
Portland, he probably weighs about 1500lbs now. We used to have his GF that weighed 2210lbs when we sold him. He was a gentle giant, DH used to sit on his back and he'd just stand there. His name was Magneto but we called him Bud. We had his Great Uncle too, he weighed 1970lbs when we sold him, his name was Sir Victor. We sold them both within a weeks time, we couldn't take them together in the trailer as they would have fought and we would have probably wrecked. This guys name is Lucky as he was a twin and we made his brother a steer, I named him Notsolucky as half of him is in our freezer now.
And thanks for the compliment.
Plantlady...would love to see my yard looking that green again. Possibility we might have some flurries Fri. and the temp. is steady dropping the next few days. Glad I'm retired and don't have to go out and drive in the stuff anymore...people around here panic and close the schools if we get an inch or two. Now I can stay indoors and drink hot chocolate and go out only if I want to Hee Hee
So weird.. zone 9 with snow and here we haven't even had any flurries, which is fine with me! It's been cold but that's it. I think Mom Nature is being kind to us after the lousy ice storm last winter :) We were 12 days without power ..thank goodness we had a small generator!
That is why I moved away from SE Iowa 10 years ago ..to get away from storms like that! LOL!!!
Here's a picture from the ice storm last year. It's looking out into the street from our back pasture..that tree is our neighbors, who made sure that they stayed away until we had it cleared so that the utility company would come rerun our electric. They never came over to help or to apologize or to say "kiss my butt!" Nice,huh? :) To add insult to injury, they had their electric back on in 3 days compared to our 12! But they didn't come home until about a week after the storm, when we had most of it cleaned up.
Funky weirdness happytail. Very unusual. So many from the south mentioned that they had snow coverage for the first time. That looks like major snow angel potential. Did you? Go ahead. Try it. I willl be your cheerleader I have a standing offer with the south for mitten support if needed.
Well, I couldn't get the dogs out in it at all, but I did make some snowballs and run around in it a little. I'm definately a warm weather person. We're having some upper 20's over the next few nights, but back into the 50's during the day. But this is cold for us. Winter will be over in about 6-7 weeks here, and it's been so warm the past few weeks, my Japanese Maples and redbuds are blooming, and my gladiolas and amaryllis are peeping up. Guess that will all be gone by the weekend, with this cold weather. Oh, well. That's Louisiana, I guess.
Snowballs and running around in snow counts happytail. Glad to hear you participated in your snowfullness. I certainly would never ever wish it on you or your plants but if it happens it's nice to frolic. Thahks for sharing happtail.
Not suppose to get above the 30's for the next four days here. I sure don't like this cold weather, but they did take away the snow forecast Fri. I'll be glad when the weather channel says "sunny, hot and humid" again!!
Early snow in December, about 21/2-3 feet and it just won't go away. Temperatures
below freezing at nite and icy. Forgot to leave faucet on so my pipes froze. After living here
30 years I should be used to the winter routine. The temperature is getting warmer in the
day (which is very strange) and living right on the creek bank I will be sand bagging for
the next few days.
It was a little "chilly" night before last -38 degrees!! We have about two feet of snow and it has been here since before Thanksgiving. One of my sons from North Carolina just moved up here along with his miniature Schnauzer, Angel. She definitely is not a snow angel!! Poor dog really freaked! Had to get her a coat and booties. It was a riot watching her walk for the first time in those booties. It has been several days since the temperature has gone above zero. Thank goodness for gardening web sites! I've planted quite a few acres(in my mind!). Actually, a good heavy snow cover up here is something all gardeners here hope for. It's insulating value is wonderful. Those winters with a light snowfall is when we lose a lot of plants, many well established and several years old. That hurts!! If I could spent my winters in a warm place (Puerto Rico is my favorite) and come back here to enjoy our wonderfully cool summers, then I would say I have the best of both worlds. We live on a lake with cool breezes in the summer and the gardening is perfect, weather-wise! I enjoy all those pictures of tropical looking gardens. Current economic conditions rule so much of our lives that having a warm home and food on the table when so many have so much less makes us gardeners realize how truly blessed we are just to have a plot of land of our own.
I was torn between we' don't have any yet' and 'it doesn't snow where I live'. Snow is rare here, but we do get some occasionally. Most of Oregon was inundated with the stuff in Dec. but here on the southern coast of Oregon (we call it the Banana Belt) it is much more mild. Gardener105---thanks for the snow pics of your farm. We were in Eagle Crest the 3rd week in Oct. and it was balmy and beautiful. Hard to believe what it's like now. And Portland1, you people really have had nasty weather this winter. Today is like a spring day here and has been for a few. Feels good. We haven't had snow, but Lots of cold rain.
It has been so nice for the last few days I thought we might get to the bare ground but lo and behold it cooled down and snowed again today :'( The weather is supposed to be around 10C for the next few days so maybe we will see the ground! I guess I am just lucky I don't have to shovel the snow :)
I barely remember what precipitation looks like... a few drops in December... enough to put some mud on my car... literally.. the drops of water coming down pick up the dirt in the air.. mud rain but it was just a few drops.. they did get a little rain 20 miles east and rain goes north and south of us, just none here. It is about a 20 mile band that gets no rain and they built a city there! LOL afraid the few snow flakes I saw were it so far too... called my mother 3 miles away but she did not see any.
Another Houstonian here, and I too had to check the box "it snowed here but it's gone now." 19 out of 20 years I would be able to say 'it doesn't snow here" !! I think that freak weather system in early December changed the results for a lot of us in the south.
staceysmom - what is that strange contraption you are using to get rid of the snow? LOL
Quoting:I think that freak weather system in early December changed the results for a lot of us in the south.
Yup, I think rntx22 is right! :-)
Thanks, FlipFlops! :-) The snow on the ground was pretty sparse, so we worked with the snow on the car. LOL By the time we finished making the snow people and throwing snowballs at each other, the car was pretty much cleared off. I grew up in the Midwest (Illinois/Wisconsin/Ohio), so I do know what a real winter is - and I really don't miss it! One snow day every 5-10 years is a fun interlude.
I don't know what it means, in terms of true climate change, but so far this winter we have had much more snow and colder temps on Cape Cod than I can remember since we moved here four years ago. (Photo taken 5 days ago, and we're having more snow today.)
You're welcome beebonnet. Yeah, it's not very often the entire state gets snow. I would like to see snow on the beach just once though. We don't have any now and the animals are happy about that (except the dogs of course). Last yr playing on top of the snow mound DH put there for them, they had a milk jug that they were playing with and Moose dropped it on the other side.
Have we had snow yet??????/LOL!!!!!!!!!!!
In December we had 3 times the snow fall normally expected.
Unfortunately this city does not have a bare pavement snow removal policy and does not plow side streets. So the side streets in particular are pretty bad and with current warming the packed snow is loose and ruts deep so lots of people get totally stuck and now we are going to have a melt down in the next few days so risk of flooding! And then there are the people who dont think they need to shovel their sidewalks ( another city by law - clear your own sidewalk within 24 hours) But thats another story!
Well, it is a balmy 12 degrees, headed for a toasty 17 this afternoon...yeah, I know, I know...but that is pretty miserable here in south west KY where the winter time temps average in the 30's and 40's
No snow here either...just frozen ground...another rare thing.
A photo out the front door this morning. (9 deg. below zero ) so I didn't stay out long.
This snow came down yesterday about 5-6 inches.
I prefer snow if it is going to get this cold, acts like a blanket to the plants.
Pretty picture Gardengus. The forecast here was for snow the beginning of next week but now they say not! Still cold (not as cold as where you are) but suppose to be in the teens tonight and tomorrow night and only 28 degrees tomorrow. That's still cold to me and cold here in Tidewater. Still no snow this year but we do get some occasionally and I have seen 12 to 18 inches on a very rare occasion in the many years I have lived here. Most of those type storms are when they come from the south and come up the coast. Our biggest threat here is noreasters and hurricanes.
130 inches so far this year. Just about average, I think. Not that much on the ground, it settles and condenses, providing a thick layer of insulation for all those plants that I'm pushing zones on...
It's the sub-zero temps that get me down.
Couldn't find any place to vote, so tried to write anyway and that didn't work either, so I read your messages and will try to send again. Still lots of snow, has been very foggy all night, all day, this whole week and everything is very pretty with at least 1/2 inch hoarfrost on every tiny thing.
Potagere, My husband and I had apple orchard from 1944 when we got married until his health deteriorated too much. Sold the orchard in I think 1987. Which actually was a good time to sell as apple orcharding went downhill after that. We had 80 acres when we sold. We had people from all over the US, Canada, Mexico working for us. Was an interesting time.
There is still a lot of snow here, no melting to speak of this month. Has bee heavy fog all of this week with no wind. Here is a picture of a large old Black Locust at the end of my lane. Gets no irrigating, just a tough old tree. It is beautiful now covered every tiny twig with a weeks hoarfrost.
I live in the area that doesn't get snow, but this year (December 11) it snowed from mid-aftrnoon until late at night. It was all gone when I woke up the next day. Now, that's my kind of snow!
I found out how hard it is to take photos of snow falling...and how cold you get when you're trying.
Here's some green with snow...that's basil behind the pot.
A few inches of snow & ice (too little to plow, but more than salt can handle) every couple of days or weeks here. Every times it warms ups and melts it snows again.
It's quite pretty, but the icy parking lot in the apt complex is deadly for my senior citizen neighbors. (PA highest % of seniors after FL) Ambulance count: 2 broken hips, one heart attack. They're all recovering slowly. I'm hoping we're finished with sirens.
My parents live near Lake Tahoe - they are 86 & 92. I found things that strap to their snow boots that have metal teeth like snow shoes on the bottom. They can't slip even if they try, and they did try when they tested them! Works great since they can use their own comfy boots.
Hey Portland, I have friends in nearby Geneva (Switzerland, not New York). He's 82 and someone sent him a set of those for Christmas. He was laughing when he told me about them: "On my size 12 shoes? I'm gonna have to give them to Elisabeth!" (His wife, who's 80 and wears size 6!)
I'm glad to hear that these are working for your folks and that they have the courage to give them a real test!
Are you kidding??? Give them a test? My parents were walking in the woods the first day they had them. They even packed a lunch in their backpacks so they could stay out all day! But they are pretty hardy stock. My Dad was still downhill skiing until he was 80. He had those looong wooden skis and everyone who saw them wanted to buy them right off his feet. He called them "my sticks" and would cruise around the mountain with perfect form. I didn't grow up in Tahoe since Dad was in the military so we moved a lot, but us kids were put on skis at the age of 3. Spent time in Garmisch when in high school - would love to go back.
Maybe your 82 year old friend needs real snowshoes!
Hi, it has been snowing here since Saturday night at about 9pm, it stop today for about 3 hours and now snowing again. We have a winter storm warning up till 3am Monday morning. We now have about a foot of snow on the ground.
I voted that we do not have snow here *as a rule* I will add. One night a couple of years ago, I was walking down Colorado Blvd. (where the Tournament of Roses Parade is on New Year's Day), and it began to snow. You should have seen the looks on those Californian faces - you have thought Martians had landed. Truly magical!
Snowed again last night - now we can't see what is snow, & what is ice.
Thanks for the tip about the boot spikes. I'll start with the disabled veteran across the hall. He has difficulty walking when it's dry & sunny, much less this stuff...
BTW, it is still beautiful, & the neighborhood kiddos are out sledding as soon as the bus drops them off. It's adorable.
I still have a "no snow" vote registered. We had a couple of flurries (had to look real hard to see them) but then the sun came out. They even closed the schools here in anticipation of the "winter storm" HA They did have five inches in Raleigh NC. All we have is windy and cold.