Snowfall Records

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View from kitchen window on January 4, 2003 ©Cadence Purdy

View from kitchen window on January 4, 2003 ©Cadence Purdy

In the spirit of cold climate one-upmanship, let me direct your attention to the Snowfall Averages compiled by the National Climatic Data Center. (Sorry, I don’t have Canadian data handy.) Unless your yearly snowfall is in the triple digits, you might as well give up on bragging rights. But you can get a good idea of whether you have a good reason to whine or not. The above photo was taken early in 2003, and doesn’t reflect my current weather. Right now it is snowing but not sticking to the road. We have four or five inches on the ground.

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Alex January 8, 2010, 11:18 am

The picture is really amazing. We’ve here, over in Germany, only a small blanket of snow. Wish you guys a good time!

MNGarden December 22, 2009, 11:38 pm

It’s so beautiful to see. I can’t imagine dealing with it. Do you dig a tunnel to your car?

Kathy Purdy December 23, 2009, 2:41 pm

It’s never been that deep! I suppose the photo gives the wrong impression. Usually when we are expecting a major snowfall, my boys/young men shovel more than once.

Rich @ NY Homesteader December 20, 2009, 10:25 pm

Nice Picture, I am a little south of Binghamton on rt.17 (I-86) Your in a whole different snow belt than we are. We do get our share though, at least my shovel thinks so. I guess Virginia got all of ours this time! Peace and Prosperity to you and yours this Holiday Season!!!!

Dee/reddirtramblings December 19, 2009, 11:19 am

Good info. Very, very little snowfall for us. Paltry in fact, but that’s a-okay.~~Dee

gail December 17, 2009, 1:58 pm

Kathy, It’s so beautiful and cold~~It has been years since we saw any record snowfalls in Nashville. We ,did have record rains in October…gail

Dan Eskelson December 17, 2009, 11:17 am

Beautiful photo, thanks!

We’ve had two record winters in a row – both over 100″ of snow – and back in ’96-’97, 178″. Roofs were generally not designed here for such a load, so most folks shovel them off once or twice. Hopefully we don’t get another one of these for a number of years!

About halfway down the page below is a slideshow of last winter’s snow:

Helen Yoest @ Gardening With Confidence December 16, 2009, 10:06 pm

Beautiful photo. With that much snow, our schools would be closed for a month! H.

Cinj December 16, 2009, 9:17 pm

Oh, so comparitively I have more snow than you do! Mine also will not be melting until March or so probably but I’m glad I have a thick blanket to cover my septic system. If it could just kindly fall away from my sidewalks and driveway I wouldn’t have a reason to complain…

Debra Lee Baldwin December 16, 2009, 4:34 pm

What a great photo. When I read that it was taken from your kitchen window, it was like I was suddenly standing there, and I felt both chilled and fascinated. Such a scene is so alien to me, here in SoCA, it might be on another planet. On the other hand, we don’t really have seasons, so this inspires a little bit of longing.