February 23, 2007

A dusting of snow last night

We had about an inch of snow last night with more forecast for today and for Sunday. The daytime temperatures today through Sunday are expected to be in the low 40s (F), so the snow won't be on the ground very long, and it shouldn't impact my running tomorrow in any way.

It's normal to have snow into March and sometimes April, and occasionally into May, and once in a long while into June. However, we're getting a lot less snow than we used to. I remember that, when I was a kid in Southern Utah, having 18-24 inches of snow on the ground was normal, and temperatures as low as 10-20 degrees (F) below zero were normal. In 1948 or maybe 1949, we had a huge blizzard that covered the West. The Air Force had to drop bales of hay to cattle, and the snow drifts from the wind and from plowing highways were so high that cattle had to step over power and telephone wires. That was the last that I remember the large snow storms and the bitter cold temperatures. Now, we're lucky to get more than 6-10 inches of snow and temperatures down to zero.

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