Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hmmm. Can anyone identify this white stuff for me?

We got a phone call yesterday around 6:30 in the morning from the university's automated emergency notification system, telling us that classes had been canceled until 10 AM. This was the reason why:

I know it doesn't look like much snow to many of you reading this, but around these parts, the white stuff is rare enough that even a little bit sends drivers into a tizzy  of panic.

Later in the afternoon, the snow was completely gone and replaced by a dust storm. This morning when I woke up, the temperature was 15 degrees. This forecast for the weekend is for temperatures in the mid-50's.

Welcome to winter on El Llano.


  1. It's pretty, even if it didn't last very long. Here in the midwest, we call that a "dusting".

    Stay warm!

  2. Oh, it looks like snow to this snow-deprived Texan. But 15 degrees? Brrr!

  3. *chuckle*

    That's exactly the amount that brings us to a standstill over here too! We're just not geared up for it are we?

  4. I love it! I'm one of the few lowcountry (coastal) South Carolina residents who wishes for snow - I'm with the other Pam, I'm snow-deprived too! (And it's what we call in Charleston the result of a 'the great blizzard of 2009'!

    Hope you are enjoying your morning!

  5. Beautiful photos but brr, is that a cold morning! The cold front just arrived here. Very windy and cold. Yesterday it was 70 degrees!

  6. I see you ran out quickly to take pictures - just to prove it wasn't a dream. As VP says we have snow here every winter and still every year it is a surprise. I think some alien machine removes the memory every spring!

  7. If it's any consolation, it's been below zero at home in Colorado this week. We're traveling in California, and here on the coast it's below freezing. What? We saw snow on the hills yesterday when we were standing in Big Sur.

    Keeping my fingers crossed that this charming little system moves on out of our beloved west in time for the long drive home next week!

  8. That's enough to bring things to a standstill around here also. Sheesh, people forget how to drive in the *rain* around here.

    btw, love the new look!

  9. Carol--Around these parts, a "dusting" is brown.

    Pam/Digging--I agree completely. 20 degrees is sort of my limit of tolerance.

    VP--Well, not to brag or anything, but since I don't drive a car to school, it wouldn't have affected me, so it was kind of like a freebie. However, I understand that we wouldn't want the commuters to risk life and limb.

    Pam--I like the snow, too. Not the really, really cold, though.

    Jean--Don't despair. It shall be 70 again.

    EG--Yes, I was even in my bathrobe. Gave my neighbors a laugh.

    Sherrie--Ys, this is more like mountain weather, so I expect you're more used to it than I. Hope it clears off before your trip home, though.

    Michelle--Saw those pictures of the crop after the freeze. Heartbreaking, but it also looks like quite a bit will recover, doesn't it? Hope so. You have my fantasy food garden, after all.

  10. That's not snow - it's barely shovelable. More like a frosting. If you want to see snow, come to Chicago. We've had it in abundance the last couple of years. ;^) Hey, what do you know, it's snowing here right now. Bundle up!

  11. Trade you. Almost a foot here with 50 mph winds last night, and a temp of -10 tonight. So... trade?

  12. I think you have a very bad case of wooly aphids, and if not that, cottony scale. I recommend increasing the temperature above the freezing point and that should make them disappear.

  13. Les--I was kind of thinking powdery mildew...

    BTW, I saw your comment about cookies and door prizes. Can't do anything about the DP, but this weekend I'm going o make my famous chocolate oatmeal cookies and posting the recipe. It'll have to do.

  14. Brrr. Well, over here, if there's enough cloud cover to potentially snow, it gets warmer and doesn't. Haven't seen snow in the valleys ever. But do I mind? Not a bit. In fact, I could do without the sub-freezing temps as well.

    Nice pics!

  15. Here in the Bay Area we would try to ski that. We had some snow, but I was too busy to get to any of the spots before it melted.

  16. Oh Susan, I hope you don't mind that I laughed til I gigglesnorted over your post. Delectable. Up here in the wild north, we get these things that the meteorologists call 'flurries where winds blow onshore', which are accurate; winds blowing off the Bay of Fundy dump flurries on us. Inches and inches of 'flurries'. That little dusting would be thought of as a heavy frost.
    But I know, the point is the weather is whacky this year, not only here on the Fundy. As long as it doesn't truly start raining cats and dogs, or snowing a plague of toads, I think we're probably safe.


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