Well, that was interesting!

by Suw on January 28, 2004

Mum teaches of an evening and has a rule that if it snows, she doesn't go. No one would turn up anyway.

This week's forecasts of snow have, though, been met with some derision and the repeated refrains “Oh, they can't forecast snow!” and “It never snows here anyway”. Which is true. It really never does. I think the last time snow fell out of the sky was two years ago on Boxing Day, and then it was no more than a few flakes that melted on impact.

This evening's forecast of snow was, therefore, met with some derision. Mum got ready for class and left the house with the temperature at 4C, way too warm for snow, and the wind coming in from the west, which is entirely the wrong direction for snow. It only snows here when the wind comes from the northeast.

(Can you see where I'm going with this yet?)

So Mum leaves for class. Pretty much the moment she's gone, the temperature plummets to -1C, the wind swings round to the northeast and strengthens to 'howling gale' (that's a technical term, btw), there are flashes of lightning and grumbles of thunder, and all snowy hell breaks loose.

I mean, really. It was blizzard conditions.

Dad and I sat in the lounge watching the snow beat against the patio doors. Never seen it accumulate so quickly here.

“There'll be a key in the door any moment,” I said, and sure enough there was. Mum said the roads were lethal, and there was no way she was going any further. She couldn't see a foot in front of the windscreen, it was so bad.

The lights flickered, the phones went temporarily doolally, and it was all terribly dramatic.

Then, just as suddenly, it was all over. We were left with almost 2cm of snow which fell in all of about 15 mins, but which is now melting. Chances of repeat performance before the end of the night – nil, I'd say.

See! It really did!

Ok, so it's not much by American standards, I know. But we really do hardly ever get snow here. It's a major event! Honest!

A visitor January 28, 2004 at 8:16 pm

I had the same snow experience as you, Suw, except that I expect that you didn't have the children running out of the house opposite to draw a giant willy on your lawn 🙂 Little buggers!

LooLoo [loopylooloo@hellokitty.com]

Suw January 28, 2004 at 8:22 pm


Ooh, lovely! The kids up the road did come out for a quite snowball fight, bless 'em. Best to get in before it all melts, though.

Steve Kane January 28, 2004 at 11:23 pm

Yeah, I had fun with snow myself… not.

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Clark Oliver January 29, 2004 at 2:34 pm

In Washington DC we have had in the last 4 days: 6 inches of snow, .25 inches of freezing rain, 1 inch of sleet and 2 more inches of snow. Ugh. Also it's been 20 degrees F for like forever.

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Stacey January 29, 2004 at 4:51 pm

In my neck of the woods (southwestern Manitoba, Canada), it's currently -43C. Occasionally, it dips down to -48C with the wind. And we have more snow this year than the past three combined. Needless to say, we will complain in six months when it's 35C. There is not pleasing us.

Suw January 29, 2004 at 10:18 pm

Ooh yes, I know you get it a lot worse in America. We have the lovely Gulf Stream to keep us nice and warm, and on the east coast of the US you have the Humbolt Current to keep you cold.

As for Manitoba – well, that's just Canada for you. 😉

Although you'll probably find we complain more – we complain when it's hot, we complain when it's cold, and there's only five degrees difference in it.

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