March 23rd. 8:30 a.m. My phone rings.
‘Isn’t it beautiful?’’ gushes the too perky voice of my aunt.
Expecting to find sunshine and warm temps I pull back the curtains to see…. SNOW! Lots of it. Blowing, thick and accumulating.No wonder I slept late – my subconscious knew I wouldn’t want to get up.
|A recent snowfall - Pilcher Park, Joliet, IL|
But it was beautiful, even if I was sick of it.
The first snow of the year is an event. A couple of snow days, exciting. For Christmas it’s pretty much expected, even required. Beyond that it gets old fast. Unless you’re a snow plow driver. $$$.
It’s been a long cold winter for a lot of folks. Mother Nature has been teasing us with some warm temperatures and sunny skies recently but she’s not quite ready to give Old Man Winter the boot.
|Even the birds thought Spring was here|
Snow like that doesn't melt until August and by that time, up in the mountains, it's time to start snowing again. Of course as tourists, it's fun to get our pictures taken in July or August with some of that snow.
|Measuring the snow depth in July - Washington state|
|View of Donner Lake. At the far end is where the Donner Party spent that ill-fated Winter|
It’s fun to watch big, fluffy flakes floating downward but have you ever seen a 15’’ snowflake? In January, 1887 at
If you are ever stranded in lots and lots of snow – build yourself an igloo! Igloos can be more than 100 degrees warmer inside than outside, warmed entirely by body heat. Since fresh, compacted snow is approximately 90 to 95 percent trapped air (meaning it can’t move and transfer heat) it’s a great insulator! Many animals, such as bears, hibernate through the winter by digging deep holes in the snow.
|A view of the snow-covered Alps|