The Snow Is Beautiful, But Spring Is One Day Closer!

There are only two days left in February and I’m going on the record to say that the biggest snow of the season that fell on the Quad Cities Tuesday and Tuesday night is absolutely beautiful.

As I look out the window into the ravine, everything made dull and boring by winter is so artistically blanketed in a thick layer of white.  While it’s beautiful and I’ll enjoy the solitude of it, I’m ready for spring once it melts away!

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Ray was able to get out of the snowy Quad Cities this morning on his flight to snowy and foggy Detroit that will hopefully connect him to foggy, then partly sunny and mild Washington D.C. today.  It’s expected to be 57° there later on today.

So, while the weather has dominated my recent blogs (and the views have been high), I’ll dedicate today’s blog to some interesting snow facts and some beautiful pictures of the snow so you can admire for afar if you’re not having to deal with it.  And, then, there will be something new to talk about tomorrow.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Officially, at the Quad City International Airport, in Moline, Illinois, 6.5″ of snow fell Tuesday and early Wednesday morning (6.1″ of that was on Tuesday).  This is easily the biggest snow of the 2012-2013 winter season eclipsing the 4.9″ that fell on December 20, 2012.  Other hometowns nearby have had bigger snows this season, but not at the airport in Moline.

This brings our February total to 11.9″ and our winter total to 21.5″, which is still five inches below where we should be at this point in the winter.

We’ve now had 14 measurable snows this winter (3 in December, 4 in January, and 7 in February).  A measurable snow is 0.1″ or more.  More light snow is expected today.

Of those 14 measurable snows this winter, only six of them have been an inch or more.  The previously mentioned 4.9″ in December, which was that month’s only one inch-plus snow.  Additionally, we had two in January, and three in February.

That’s enough snow talk for one day (and for some of us, for one winter).  Have a great day.  After work, I’m going out to dinner with my sister and them coming home to a quiet house since it’ll just be me and Gretel’s two crazy cats!  Oh, and I’ll enjoy the solitude of the freshly fallen snow.

I’m inspired to read some literary work about snow:

“The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the luster of midday to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer”

Oh wait, wrong time of the year and it’s going to be cloudy tonight.  Nevertheless, maybe I’ll see some deer walking through the ravine!

Anthony

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dorothy DeMay on February 27, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I am so ready for Spring!

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  2. I, too, am enjoying the serenity of everything blanketed with snow. It’s snowed all day here, near Princeton, IL, but lightly and nothing is really sticking at this point. It’s beautiful, though!

    Reply

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