The First Snowfall!

We got our first snowfall of the season today. It melted immediately, but it was really pretty while the big soft flakes were pouring down.

Snow “pouring” was the topic of a small controversy once long ago…

She (someone I was dating) was a life-long Minnesotan, but she was convinced snow couldn’t “pour” — she took (mock) exception to my assertion that it was “pouring snow outside!”

But rain pours, and so does sugar, salt, and flour, so I don’t see why snow can’t also pour. Granted, it does sound vaguely unusual to say one was out in the pouring snow.

Anyway, the big soft snow flakes, they were definitely pouring down.

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Later it turned to sleet (mini-hail):

Sleet on the ‘crete. (They were smaller than peas.)

And a few hours later, the sky was blue and the ground was just wet.

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My thing each year is the three questions:

  1. Will it snow (and stick) by Halloween?
  2. Will it snow for Thanksgiving?
  3. Will it snow for Christmas?

The first is bad, but the second and third are desired. One certainly wants snow for Christmas!

If we got a snowfall this early (even if it didn’t stick), that might mean a snowy winter. Time to get out the snow shovels and boots!

Stay winterized, my friends! Go forth and spread beauty and light.

About Wyrd Smythe

The canonical fool on the hill watching the sunset and the rotation of the planet and thinking what he imagines are large thoughts. View all posts by Wyrd Smythe

5 responses to “The First Snowfall!

  • Wyrd Smythe

    I just checked the mnvotes.org website to see about the ballot I dropped off Tuesday: “Your replacement ballot was accepted on October 16, 2020 and will be counted.”

  • SelfAwarePatterns

    My only question each year is, will it snow at all? We generally only get it once every 5-10 years, and then only for a day or two at most. We wonder whether it will rain for any of those holidays. (Always bad.)

    • Wyrd Smythe

      Ha! Yeah, I think we have rather different weather concerns! I never worry about hurricanes. You never have to shovel your driveway. (We worry about rain on the Fourth of July, but otherwise “It’s good for the farmers.”)

      In Los Angeles, it was earthquakes…

      • SelfAwarePatterns

        And for much of the west, it appears to be forest fires. That’s one advantage of living in a humid environment.

        Have to say I’m very happy I don’t have to shovel my driveway.

      • Wyrd Smythe

        Yeah, we have the forests, but between winter and summer rain, not many big fires. Some parts of California also have mudslide issues, in part due to the same dryness that promotes fires. Add a good rain to really dry ground with steep slopes, and…

        I think I’ve mentioned I shovel my driveway and sidewalk for recreation (getting exercise outside) but I might feel differently if I had to do it. I have the option of blowing it off and letting the condo people do it. (My friend, BentleyMom, is required by city statute to clear her sidewalks. She uses a snowblower to make quick easy work of it.)

        Those three questions aren’t really the significant ones — more like mile markers. The significant question is how much snow will we get and how long will winter last?

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