Snowy

Is it snowing where you are? I know there are a lot of storms in the eastern and midwestern U.S. now. Well, these are the only snowflakes (above) we’ll be seeing for awhile since our daytime temperatures are in the high 60s to low 70s now.

A few weeks ago I read an article listing the top 20 snowiest cities in the U.S. Here are the top 12:

#1, Syracuse, New York
Average yearly snowfall: 103.1 inches
Biggest storm: 31.9 inches, January 31, 2004
Days with snow, 2000-2010: 26 percent
Coldest day, 2000-2010: -18 degrees, January 15, 2004

#2, Rochester, New York
Average yearly snowfall: 88.3 inches
Biggest storm: 20.1 inches, February 14, 2002
Days with snow, 2000-2010: 26 percent
Coldest day, 2000-2010: -11.9 degrees, January 10, 2004

#3, Buffalo, New York
Average yearly snowfall: 85.7 inches
Biggest storm: 40.9 inches, December 28, 2001
Days with snow, 2000-2010: 12 percent
Coldest day, 2000-2010: -9 degrees, February 5, 2009

#4, Duluth, Minnesota
Average yearly snowfall: 82.6 inches
Biggest storm: 29.9 inches, December 26, 2009
Days with snow, 2000-2010: 14 percent
Coldest day, 2000-2010: -24 degrees, January 13, 2009

#5, Flagstaff, Arizona
Average yearly snowfall: 81.1 inches
Biggest storm: 20.1 inches, December 7, 2009
Days with snow, 2000-2010: 10 percent
Coldest day, 2000-2010: -17 degrees, February 5, 2008

#6, Erie, Pennsylvania
Average yearly snowfall: 78.7 inches
Biggest storm: N/A
Days with snow, 2000-2010: 21 percent
Coldest day, 2000-2010: -6 degrees, January 16, 2009

#7, Casper, Wyoming

Average yearly snowfall: 76.2 inches
Biggest storm: N/A
Days with snow, 2000-2010: 16 percent
Coldest day, 2000-2010: -32.1 degrees, February 18, 2006

#8, Anchorage, Alaska
Average yearly snowfall: 72.7 inches
Biggest storm: 28 inches, December 23, 2003
Days with snow, 2000-2010: 10 percent
Coldest day, 2000-2010: -22, January 17, 2004

#9, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Average yearly snowfall: 72.3 inches
Biggest storm: 16 inches, December 21, 2008
Days with snow, 2000-2010: 21 percent
Coldest day, 2000-2010: -11.9 degrees, January 27, 2003

#10, Portland, Maine
Average yearly snowfall: 70.6 inches
Biggest storm: N/A
Days with snow, 2000-2010: 11 percent
Coldest day, 2000-2010: -17 degrees, February 14, 2003

#11, Albany, New York
Average yearly snowfall: 61.8 inches
Biggest storm: 18.1 inches, January 4, 2003
Days with snow, 2000-2010: 17 percent
Coldest day, 2000-2010: -16.1 inches, January 24, 2005

#12, South Bend, Indiana
Average yearly snowfall: 61.6 inches
Biggest storm: 16.9 inches, November 17, 2005
Days with snow, 2000-2010: 19 percent
Coldest day, 2000-2010: -18.4 degrees, January 16, 2009

My hometown, South Bend, Indiana comes in at number 12! Just a week and a half ago, on January 8, some areas of South Bend had 38 inches of snow in 24 hours. It was declared a snow emergency. Can you imagine? I can because I remember those lovely winters with “lake effect” snow where sometimes I had to walk on paths cut through the snow piled higher than me on either side.

I was surprised to see Flagstaff, AZ, coming in at number 5. Although we hear about their weather here all the time, it’s hard to fathom that just 2 hours away from steamy Phoenix it can snow that much (more than Anchorage, Alaska?!?!?!?).

Many years ago, in the 80s, I spent several days in Syracuse (#1) in the middle of the winter and it was miserable. Huge mounds of snow were everywhere. And one of my good friends, Joyce, currently lives in Casper, WY (#7). That is the extent of my experience with all these snowy cities.

But now…this is all the snow we get on our cars…another one of our sweet outdoor cats…Snowy.

I’ll take this kind of snow. But, seriously, I know that snow can be dangerous so be careful if you’re in it and keep warm!

How about you? Are you having a bad winter?

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13 thoughts on “Snowy

  1. It is snowing here in Nashville as I type this. We’ve gotten a lot more snow than usual. I’m not really a winter person, but it’s hard to deny that it looks pretty if you can stay inside snuggly warm.

  2. The list compares the current snow season to that of 1995-1996 when International Falls set a seasonal snowfall record of 116 inches..The frequency of days includes those when just a trace of snow was reported…Current snow season 2008-2009 Sep had 0 days with snowfall and 0 total snowfall Oct had 3 days with snowfall and 0.3 total inches Nov had 21 days with snowfall and 10.9 total inches Dec had 29 days with snowfall and 35.9 total inches Jan 1-7 had 7 days with snowfall and 15.8 total inches. Sum total for period September 1 to January 7 is 60 days with snow and 62.9 inches…Snow season 1995-1996 Sep had 2 days with snowfall and a trace total Oct had 8 days with snowfall and 4.7 total inches Nov had 25 days with snowfall and 16.5 total inches Dec had 28 days with snowfall and 21.4 inches Jan 1-7 had 4 days with snowfall and 0.9 total inches. Sum total for period September 1 to January 7 was 67 days with snowfall and 43.5 inches…It will be interesting to see if this record-setting pace continues at both International Falls and elsewhere….

  3. I found Flagstaff surprisingly high on the list too. Interesting information which makes our snow effort here rather pitiful… a good thing! 🙂 Nice cat shot to end the post!

  4. Our Northwest winters are different each year. One year we had 56″ in 24 hours. This year it’s come & gone then come & gone again. Right now I’m grateful it’s gone. I may plan a trip to sunny Phoenix when it comes again!

  5. Great posting; beautiful cat! I live in rural Douglas County, Colorado (between Denver and Colorado Springs). We’ve hardly had any snow all winter even though just a few miles away the mountains have been blasted with several feet of snow on several occasions.

  6. Not much snow here but some. We are having a mini drought… so this year the vegetation and insects will be different yet again… I’ve been back ‘home’ for five years now and every year has been different. I guess that’s something to enjoy, not complain about.

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