Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snow, Snow and more Snow

Here's the squirrel abandoning the feeder for above-snow ground.

All of the southern Wisconsin broadcasts this week warn of blizzards, of huge sky dumps. Flakes are coming down like crazy today. Already snow is taller than the squirrels that gather at my feeder. Already, it’s thigh-high.

Shovel in hand, hefting the piled white from my driveway, I’m tempted to think more snow falls here than anyway else in the world.
Well, that’s not true.

Header by Samulli

In case you're curious, here are the cities with the highest average annual snowfall:

1. Valdez, Alaska, 324 inches
2. Mount Washington, New Hampshire, 259.7 inches
3. Blue Canyon, California, 240.3 inches
4. Yakutat, Alaska, 195.9 inches
5. Marquette, Michigan, 137.4 inches.
6. Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, 117.4 inches
7. Syracuse, New York, 116 inches
8. Talkeetna, Alaska, 115.4 inches
9. Caribou, Maine, 111. 9 inches
10. Mount Shasta, California, 104.9 inches
11. Lander, Wyoming, 101.5 inches
12. Flagstaff, Arizona, 100.3 inches
13. Juneau, Alaska, 98.5 inches

How much snow does my hometown usually get? Typical, we get 48 inches of snow.
Are you shoveling today? How much snow is falling where you are? Hope it's less than we're getting in southern Wisconsin.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Climatic Data Center


  1. We don't get snow here in Sydney AU, but down south they do. I suspect that its nowhere near anything significant compared to this list!

    Mine's up as well, today it looks at how 'Tropical Cyclone YASI' is hitting Nth Queensland.

    Have a great TT!


  2. Oh, I heard about the cyclone. Hope Queensland and her people are okay. I'll hurry over to check it out on your blog.

  3. Somehow, that really doesn't make me feel better, LOL. I don't know about you, Brenda, but I had difficulty sleeping last night with the keening of the wind. Still make sme shiver thinking about it. Luckily, I did not have to go in this morning, or shovel any of the 18.7 inches Madison got this week.

  4. I dont know half of those places being in Australia, but good list. Happy T13.

  5. I am also an Aussie and I have only experienced snow 2 or three times ever. I love the heat but I am actually enjoying the reprieve from 40 degree heat (100F).

  6. Heather,
    Yep, all the snow has been memorable. A friend of mine posted pictures of his cars covered in snow. He tagged them- the blizzard of 2011. And I thought; "Is that what these past days have been? Guess so."

  7. Mercy,
    I appreciate your visit. :) Thanks.

  8. myrelish,
    Wow, while it has been snowy here, you've been in a heat wave. Weather. It's always something. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. I can't even imagine that much snow. We get snow in Virginia but not like that. Last year we were dumped on but this year hasn't been too bad. We were spoiled by a decade of little snow, though.

  10. The town closest to us is listed at 11.5 so I don't think that is alot compared to what your number was. I am in TN and its is so cold out there but no snow coming down thank goodness. Here is mine if you want to take a look:

  11. CountryDew,
    I'm still in a state of numb amazement over the blizzard. I'm glad to be inside, warm and blogging. Happy TT!:0)

  12. Jamie,
    It's cold here too. I'll visit soon.

  13. It's amazing to think California gets so much snow. Rain I could see, but snow surprised me. I forgot about the mountains there.

  14. No snow at all here this week. Just tiny bit at the end of last week. Pity. I really enjoy the snow. We almost never get any here.

    Then again, we had a snowstorm the night before I got married. The day of the wedding our street was closed by two trees which fell on either end of it, thanks to the heavy snow.

    We took it as a good omen. ;)

    Happy TT!

  15. Alice Audrey,
    I was surprised about California making the huge snow fall list too. Happy TT!

  16. Kimberly Menozzi,

    I think snow is a good omen too. :)

  17. I like to think it will be an early spring.....

    Have a great day!

  18. We got hit with snow for a town that doesn't know how to deal with snow. It's so infrequent, and so light when it does come, that no one on our block owns a shovel. Our little fourplex is covered right now and school has been closed for days. I'm original from Southeast Wisconsin, so I'm amazed at how little it takes to nearly close the city here in the southwest.

    Good luck digging out and may you stay safe and warm!

    Happy TT

    13 Paragraphs Dawn's Early Light

  19. I spent alot of time in Marquette (Michigan) visiting Gram. The stop signs are taller and wearing snowshoes to class were the norm. Great post!!! Happy TT.

  20. I am Harriet,
    I hope it's an early spring too.

  21. Xakara,
    I'm always glad to hear from another Wisconsinite! Happy TT!

  22. Mary Quast,
    Sounds like you have some experience with snow. :)

  23. I've never shoveled snow in my life. Hopefully I never have to! Stay warm.

  24. Shelley Munro,
    Actually snow can be fun, but I'm glad that I live in place where the weather changes and I only have to shovel snow for a few months in the year. I appreciate your good wishes.

  25. I live near Atlanta, Georgia, and we've had two pretty big snow storms (bear in mind, a snow storm to us is 4-6 inches) so far this year - one on Christmas day (which I missed!) and another in January. Schools were closed for a week during "Snowmaggedon" because we don't have (m)any snow plows here, and the icy roads are too dangerous for school buses to travel. A couple inches of snow can shut down entire cities in the South!

  26. Kendall Grey,
    I remember seeing pictures of Atlanta during that snowstorm. Our news teams were covering it because the Packers were in the city. Now the Packers are in Dallas and Dallas was snowed in shortly after they arrived. Is there a connection?
    I wonder. Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

  27. RE: #8 I think you mean Talkeetna, Alaska : )

    Even though we aren't far from Valdez, it's amazing how much snow they get compared to here, where it's mostly rain. Mountains and ocean play havoc with what form your precipitation takes.

    Stay warm, all!

  28. Cathy in AK,
    Yep, I did mean Alaska. Thanks for the heads up. :)