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Another snow event?

I think this is the snowiest winter we've had yet in North Carolina. 3 storms within 3 weeks. Today's storm was a bit of a surprise, but it looks like old man winter is still firmly in control. This snow is particularly pleasant. Our fist snow was followed by a lot of sleet and wind which pretty much sand blasted all the snow off the trees. This snow is under no wind and we expect no sleet at all. Hard to tell how long this will keep up tonight. It's 30.7°F right now and we don't expect it to get any colder at this point. Roads seem to be holding up fine too.

What I really like about this snow is how it transforms the sky from a very dark gray to a rather luminescent orange as the streetlights reflect off the clouds, off the snow on the ground and back. It's almost like night fall does never really arrives.

Here's a few pics off of my back porch at home...

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kauko
Feb. 13th, 2010 06:22 am (UTC)
This has been more like the winters I remember growing up here in Charlotte, where we'd get snowstorm or two every winter. I remember the first winter after my family moved here in '88 we got some significant snow that winter. In March of '93 we had a blizzard. Starting in the mid 90s though, snow just became less and less common. In the early 2000s we had a couple of OK snowstorms (not to mention the infamous ice storm of 2002/03 ish). Then came around 2005 when suddenly we saw lots of winter days getting up to highs in the 70s here. Not much snow after those years until now :)
snowboardjoe
Feb. 13th, 2010 06:43 am (UTC)
Ah, yes, I do remember these storms. I've been in NC since 1987.

As for the 1993 storm, I was at Western Carolina University. That was a a true blizzard (winds, heavy snow, white outs, very cold). I was actually asked to go to the computer center to shut down everything as the power was popping in and out and the UPS was running out of juice.

January 2000 was just awesome when we got that 20" of snow here. It was amazing how that unfolded and none of the forecasters realized what was coming. They were changing the forecast every other hour. It's a little like this current storm.

December 2002 was the nasty ice storm. I had no power for 7 days. I will never forget that night when it poured down rain and the temperature was in the 20's. It was like a gunfight in my backyard all night long as trees and large branches snapped along with the occasional colorful bright lights in the sky as power lines came down and transformers exploded.

Good times. :)
kauko
Feb. 13th, 2010 06:57 am (UTC)
Sigh, the storm just kind of broke up over Charlotte a couple hours ago. Well, at least the roads won't be too bad tomorrow since I need to go out to the store in the afternoon.
snowboardjoe
Feb. 13th, 2010 07:04 am (UTC)
Still snowing here moderately. About 2.5" now. The radar shows it's backing off, but it's still coming down right now. NWS says it will likely start to back off at 0400. I won't be awake to know that for sure. Off to bed. G'night!
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