Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Snow Day-and Then It's Gone

I suppose every state in the union thinks they can lay claim to that cliche about if you don't like the weather, hang around a little while and it will change. Well, maybe not Hawaii; their weather seems a pretty constant 80 something degrees, but I think West Texas must be where the saying originated. Yesterday morning we awoke to a gray, foggy winter wonderland, not much snow on the ground, but a ton of ice on the trees and everything else. School started an hour late. When the sun came out and hit the icy trees, they shone like white neon against the very blue sky. About the time I decided this was a photo op the wind kicked up and started blowing the ice down. Good thing I went out when I did because by the time I finished the trees were a nondescript gray and the snow on the ground had melted.

About an hour later I looked out and discovered it was snowing, great big flakes. When everything looked like a white Christmas again, it started raining and all the snow melted. Then the wind really kicked in and blew the rest of the day. Our reasonably heavy lawn chairs had been blown around, and thank goodness Bill had taken down all the wind chimes or they would have been tangled and torn up beyond repair.

The one constant has been the cold. For the past week the nights have been well below freezing and the day time temperatures have varied from 32 to about 50. This morning at 7 a.m. the computer said it was eleven degrees.

Tune in again next summer, however, and experience the joy of 100+ degrees, rain, wind, and dirt blowing all at the same time.

Welcome to West Texas.


Anonymous said...

I miss lots of things about West Texas, but the snow and ice aren't on the list. Some of your readers probably think the last sentence is a joke. You need to tell them about blowing mud, a real phenomenon.

Alice Liles said...

I laughed when you said some readers will think the last sentence is a joke! Yes, it does happen. The wind will be blowing so hard that dirt is stirred up and then it rains and sure enough, it's raining mud instead of raindrops. It really isn't that uncommon up here. Regular rain, now that's uncommon here. Thanks for reading.