Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve Snowstorm

A Blizzard Warning was issued for our area today,

which was pretty phenomenal considering where we are. According to the National Weather Service office in San Angelo, this was the first blizzard warning it has issued for our area since the office opened in 1947.

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Looking outside all this morning, into the afternoon, I would have thought we were actually in a blizzard ( blowing or falling snow is accompanied by sustained winds above 35 miles per hour ). We had winds gusting over 35 miles an hour with sideways snow coming down almost all day.

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I figure we got about 7 or 8 inches of snow, but with all that blowing, who knows... Plus, there were snowdrifts out here that were about 2 feet tall.

How is this any different from anywhere else that gets snow? Well, for one thing, snow seldom falls in Central Texas. Snow in December is rarer still. A White Christmas with a blizzard warning? Fuggedaboutit...

I took some pictures of the cattery from my study window. The cat toys that are usually dangling about a foot or so off the ground are kinda embedded in the snow..

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We still made our way carefully over to my FIL's for Letti Thursday, which might have not been the best choice, but Thank God we made it there and back safely. We saw cars stranded by the side of the road, covered in snow, on the way there.

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Oh, and Merry Christmas, one and all, and have safe blessed and glorious year ahead.

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