It's not a blizzard, so enjoy the snow

It's not a blizzard, so enjoy the snow
snowdrops

Winter Storm Stella (named by the Weather Channel) has brought snow from Minneapolis  to Nashville on its way east to join the  Nor'easter heading for the east coast and New York.  Chicago is also getting snow from Winter Storm Stella.  For us, this is the first measurable snow since December 14!

Here are some totals from NWS Chicago--

Waukegan 2N (Lake)............................5.5
Wonder Lake 1WNW (McHenry)....................4.7
Harvard (McHenry).............................4.5
Gurnee 2W (Lake)..............................4.5
Lincolnshire 1N (Lake)........................4.0
Buffalo Grove 2N (Lake).......................4.0
Mundelein (Lake)..............................4.0
Botanic Gardens (Cook)........................3.8
La Salle (La Salle)...........................3.5
Belvidere (Boone).............................3.2
Marengo (McHenry).............................3.2
Mount Prospect 3NE (Cook).....................3.0
Dixon 3NNW (Lee)..............................3.0
Barrington (Lake).............................2.8
Alsip (Cook)..................................1.7
Oak Park 2S (Cook)............................1.0

These totals are as of 7 am.  I would say there was about  2 inches of  snow in Oak Park when I went out to shovel the sidewalk an hour later.  The snow was light and fluffy, too, and it was a delight to shovel it.

This is not a blizzard.  However, we may see some more lake-effect snow from Stella and the Nor'easter forecast  for New York, Boston, and Washington DC.  Along the East coast, they are bracing for hurricane force winds--heavy, wet snow falling at the rate of 5 inches an hour--and thundersnow!  A serious storm. A blizzard of epic proportions.

Meteorologist Eric Holthaus has written an excellent article about this storm. You can read more, here.

There are school closings  and flight cancellations already in advance of the  storm on Tuesday.

The cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C.   were predicted to peak 3 weeks early, due to the unusually mild winter. Recent colder days have delayed them.  How will they fare in this storm?  Are they are as resilient as the crocus blooms and the snowdrops?

The snowdrops (galanthus nivalis) pictured above are one of the first signs of Spring, often rising out of the February snow.

The  first round of snow from Stella has passed. The snowplows have cleared the streets, and  the snow is melting on the shoveled sidewalks.  Now look how it clings to the autumn grasses and the new green leaves. Beautiful!

For those who were disappointed at the lack of snow in January and February, here is a reminder of winter. Enjoy this while it lasts.

I am reminded of a poem--

Let us go out tonight and dance in the falling snow,

tomorrow it will melt away,

to our sorrow.

I have tried, but I  cannot find the author.  Does it matter?  It expresses so well  the ephemeral nature of life and weather. We remember the snows of winters past. Where are they now?

 

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  • Where are the snows of yesterday?
    Wherever they are, please let them stay.

  • BTW, the snowdrop's scientific name is poetic too: milk flower of the snow.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Thanks for reading, AW. I'm so glad you like the snowdrops. Your poem is wonderful, too.
    No, that blizzard is not normal--it's like tropical storm winds with heavy, wet snow!

  • Getting the on and off snow bands in North Cook Co. One minute sun, next blizzard. The system snow might have been 2 inches, but it may be up to a total of 8 now.

    Unscientific question: Does the ground hog win the 6 more weeks of winter bet if we got four weeks of spring, but just got socked?

    In the meantime Accuweather reports that on Pi Day, women meteorologists, instead of going to Wegmans for pie,* are all wearing the same dress. Although they said a variety of colors, we know one color they won't wear--green.

    ____
    *Connection here is that I went to Mariano's for pie, and the snow was a lot worse on Skokie Blvd.

  • In reply to jack:

    Greetings, Jack--Yes, these snow bands are amazing---snow, sun, then snow, then sun. The lake-effect snow is more intense, about 4-6 inches, here.

    There were reports of lightning strikes in Manhattan, and thunder-sleet!

    I think the seasons are changing--March weather can be variable, but it's getting way more extreme. The early cherry blossoms in DC are coated in ice, now.

    Happy pi day--what kind of pie did you get?

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Apple. It was the usual "we'll try to fool you" display with cherry, rhubarb, etc. on the shelves but the sign "Apple $3.14" was at the bottom, and only apple had labels "Regular $5.25, sale price $3.14."

  • In reply to jack:

    Ha, ha, good one, Jack!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Actually not. I have gotten trapped into this one too often, i.e. whether Canada Dry is a Pepsi or Dr. Pepper product for the purpose of 4 for $10, so that's why I looked rather than grabbed today. I think the clerks are trained, such as my saying "under a half pound of" fish and they try to convince me that 0.75 is. I have had similar incidents, such as fast casual restaurants ringing up fries I did not order, and [this weekend] a Mexican place not only not having the combo but ringing up a "King" when I asked for a regular {I ate it though} and a newfangled sandwich shop with advertised sandwich and a half soup combo for $8.99 but rang it up as the separate prices of $5.89 and $4.29 [but I caught that as "how can it be $13.00?"]. I can't be the only one this has happened to.

  • In reply to jack:

    Hey, Jack--I found out more about the dress--it seems they are wearing the same dress as a statement to promote women in STEM fields.
    How cool is that!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    That's what Accuweather said. But as I implied, I'm waiting for Cheryl Scott to wear a green dress. Maybe Jerry Taft will on St. Patty's day if he is working that day.

  • I've been inside as of late and the snow was a welcome sight out my back door. Plus my grandkids loved playing in it. I could take one more storm!

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    Thanks for reading, Kathy--I'm so glad you're getting better, and you can enjoy the snow!

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