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SNOW!

January 7, 2010 - Kim Collette
Snow.  What more do I need to say?  Today is the first day in a long time that we haven't had any accumulation....so far.  But according to all the "weather people", this is the proverbial "calm before the storm."  Usually winter and snow don't bother me in the least bit.....but this is like a never-ending snowfall!  Enough already!  I don't want to clean my car off anymore....I don't want to trudge through snow  with my dog....Please snow storm...DON'T COME TODAY!  Give us a break!

Webster's New World Dictionary defines snow as frozen particles of water vapor that fall to earth as soft, white flakes.  What a "warm and fuzzy" definition!  I once again have gotten Google happy.   And...not because I wanted to read more "warm and fuzzy" things about snow.  I wanted to see if there were any definitions of snow that closer fit my definition.  (Which if you were wondering is:  white yucky stuff that disrupts my life.)  Of course I didn't find anything remotely close to my words....but I did find some interesting information on our "cold friend."  (Some might make you thankful you live here....others may make you want to pack up your house and move!)

Did you know: 
The most snow ever to fall in one winter was at Mt. Baker in Washington State.  In the winter of 1998-1999, 1,140 inches fell......almost the height of the Statue of Liberty from head to toe.

The snow capital of the U.S. is Stampede Pass in Washington State.  Each year the average snowfall is 430 inches.

Buffalo, New York, in December of 1995 had a 39 inch snowfall in a 24 hour period.  It cost the city $5 million for snow removal.

The greatest snowfall officially reported in Phoenix, Arizona was 1".  The first time was January 20,1933.  And...it happened again 4 years later on the same date.

Each year an average of 105 snow-producing storms affect the U.S.  A typical storm will have a lifetime of 2-5 days and will cause snow to fall in portions of several states.

In the early 1900's, skiers created their own terminology to describe types of snow, including the terms "fluffy snow,"  "powder snow," and "sticky snow."  Later on, it expanded to include "champagne powder," "corduroy," and "mashed potatoes."

Close to 70% of the annual snowfall in the U.S. occurs in December, January and February.

The "fluffiest" snow falls at temperatures around 15 degrees.

Every snowflake has its own unique shape and is different from all other snowflakes.  And, they all have 6 sides.

More snow falls in southern Canada and the northern U.S. than at the North Pole.

Almost every place in the United States has seen snow.  Only the Florida Keys has remained "flurry-free."

People buy more cakes, cookies and candies than any other food when a blizzard is in the forecast.

In other words...while we might feel the weather is bad in  Ohio .... but be glad your home isn't in Washington State!  Hopefully the forecast is wrong and this "big storm" passes us by.....if not...bundle up and please be careful out there!

Until next time friends!

 
 

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