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Snow

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

My commute this morning was quite nice, with an inch or so of snow on the ground. Believe it or not, this is probably the biggest snow of the winter so far. This is abnormal; most winters, we get at least a couple of decent (6″+) snows.

Most streets were clear, and it was cold enough (low 20s) that the snow on the bike path was powder for a change. Recently it’s been, if anything, wet snow or ice, usually ice. I didn’t experience any ice this morning, and I enjoyed watching my front wheel plow through the snow. I was running a little late, and campus was full of students going to class, giving me some obstacles as I cut across campus. I arrived at work a few minutes late and wiped the grin from my face before I went inside. Having fun is unprofessional, you know.

I took some photos but can’t transfer them here at work. I’ll post them tonight or tomorrow, hopefully. It’s snowing more as I write this and there’s more in the forecast. Maybe tomorrow will hold even more fun.

6 Responses to “Snow”

  1. furiousball Says:

    we still haven’t gotten a good snow here this year. it’s supposed to snow today, but it’s too warm for any accumulation

  2. Sarah Says:

    I know you’re convinced that there’s generally big (6 inch +) storms several times a year but I’m not buying it. According to AccuWeather, we’ve gotten 3.61 inches of precipitation so far this month while the average is 2.82 inches. So we may have not had a big snowstorm, but we’re coming in with more precipitation than average, Mr. Grumblepants. Also, I have a feeling you’re remembering more snow when you were a kid because you were smaller. An inch or two seems like a lot of snow when you’re only 36 inches tall 😉

  3. Marty Says:

    We’ve had the same thing here – they SAY we’ve had almost 6″ of snow, but I can’t remember more than 2″ total. To me, snow and cold go together, and you shouldn’t have either without the other; ergo no snow should have meant t-shirt weather all winter. Damn that non-committal La Niña!!

  4. Apertome Says:

    Sarah:

    AccuWeather is measuring liquid precipitation; inches of precipitation is different from inches of snow. According to this page:

    Snowfall is measured in two ways. The first is a simple measurement of the snow on the ground with a stick marked with units of measurement (like a yardstick). The second measurement determines the equivalent amount of water in a unit of snow. To obtain this ratio, the snow must be collected and melted into water. Generally, 10 inches of snow produces one inch of water. However, it can take up to 30 inches of loose, fluffy snow though as little as 2-4 inches of wet, compact snow can produce an inch of water.

    So that 2.82 inches you mentioned above could be, using the average of 10 inches of snow per inch of water, 28.2 inches of snow. Naturally some of that is rain, so we certainly don’t average 28.2 inches of snow in February. But you get my point.

  5. Sarah Says:

    My point was that — rain or snow — we have more precipitation this year than average. Sure, some of that is rain, but I’m sure some of the “average” precipitation is rain too. Anyway, I ordered snow for your birthday so don’t get a bee in your bonnet!

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