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See, that’s the stupid thing about weather satellite maps — when you got weather, you can’t see the map. We’re in there somewhere, anyway. AND IT’S SNOW!

Yeah, I know many of you in the States are sick of it, but we haven’t had snowfall in several years, so I am real excited. It won’t be much, but I’m happy to see it.

I think 4″ is the heaviest snowfall I’ve ever seen here. As you might imagine, even small amounts look awesome lying all over our Tudor farmhouse (but the chickens won’t come out until it’s gone).

This one’s coming along with 60 mile an hour winds and the lights are flickering, so I figured I’d better get something up quick.

Regional question: when snow not only falls but accumulates, we called that sticking. Brits call it laying. Or possibly lying. What is it where you are?


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: January 12, 2017, 8:46 pm

It’s never snowed in LA but in 2003, a freak storm dumped a foot of hail in Watts. It was like snow and it was a mess. They called it hell. People couldnt drive and had to abandon their cars.The city began towing them and charged huge fees which made people extremely angry.

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I never thought of you and Uncle B as gay. Maybe a bit hippy but not gay — NTTIAWWT.

Comment from Hutch
Time: January 12, 2017, 9:19 pm

Snow? What’s that you speak of?

Greetings from San Diego BTW

Comment from AliceH
Time: January 12, 2017, 9:52 pm

Huh. I always called it accumulation. And since I grew up in Wisconsin, I was quite far into adulthood before I was aware it could possibly do anything else, like melt before spring.

Comment from Stephen Falken
Time: January 12, 2017, 9:54 pm

I’ve been letting the snow accumulate on my sidewalk this last week. Most people in this area would call that lazy. But with temperatures expected to hit 20+ degrees this weekend I’m looking forward to getting outside and shoveling in the nice weather.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: January 12, 2017, 10:01 pm

Just got rid of an eight inch accumulation of the white, fluffy frozen precip. We say it accumulates when it’s cold enough to stick. HAH!
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Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: January 12, 2017, 11:01 pm

This is being described as “Snow Hell.”

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: January 12, 2017, 11:24 pm

Here in Cheesehead country, we just call it “winter”.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: January 12, 2017, 11:43 pm

We just call it snow on the ground here in eastern Canada…maybe accumulation if you’re being hoity toity…there’s never no snow over a winter here but we do get a green Christmas once in a while.

We’ve got a couple of feet on the ground now but we keep having warm bursts from the gulf stream, bringing rain and freezing rain occasionally. Our power was out for a while last week. It’s raining right now actually, but it’s supposed to get cold again this weekend.

Comment from xul’s fedora
Time: January 13, 2017, 12:11 am

Here in Florida an accumulation of precipitation is called a puddle. 😛 The local fake news refers to it as “urban flooding”.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: January 13, 2017, 12:44 am

Where I come from, we love a “sticking” snow because that means it is a “wet” snow. And farmers and ranchers love a wet snow for the moisture and the free fertilizer: nitrogen.

Comment from Veeshir
Time: January 13, 2017, 1:44 am

I’m from upstate NY, ‘sticking’ means it’s sticking to the ground and will start accumulating.
I don’t know if they have a word for it here in the Valley of the Sun, it doesn’t happen here very often.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: January 13, 2017, 2:27 am

As AliceH says, we Badgers say accumulate, as we eat our cheese and brats.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 13, 2017, 2:47 am

Here in Sarasota FL we don’t get snow but we make up for that with lightning. A few good things about lightning is it doesn’t stick, lie, lay, accumulate, pile up, or cause shortages of bread, milk, or toilet paper.

Today our high temperature was 77°F (25°C) with bright sunshine and fluffy cumulus clouds. No lightning, though, but we did have some last weekend.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: January 13, 2017, 4:17 am

Slip sliding away….


Comment from currently
Time: January 13, 2017, 6:24 am

Growing up in NC we called it snow on the ground.
Now, living in FL, we call it nothing.

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: January 13, 2017, 1:06 pm

“…What is it where you are?”

Very Nearly Unknown – we’re in S/E Coastal NC, nearest city (to our N/W just a bit) is Wilmington. Though it does get a bit chilly-ish (and now and then sorta-icy, and now-and-again rather wettish-from-above…that last of which we call “rainin’ like a tall cow peein’ on a big ol’ flat rock”, or similar), actual snowfall is generally rather theoretical – actual “accumulation” is generally rather fictional.

That’s just one (although, it is definitely one) of a number of excellent reasons why we moved here, nearly twenty years ago, from MI (Dee-Twah Metro area, eckshually), and have no genuine interest in going back, even for a visit of some sort.

Like the ol’ song says: Moved where the weather suits m’clothes…

Enjoy your snow.

(BTW – when still resident in MI, we called that “accumulation of snowfall” thingie “pilin’-up, an’ gotta be shoveled/scraped/brushed pertydamnsoon”. Now and then, a few other far-less-printable things as well – depending a bit on how far into the Winter it was, and how often it had been occurring)

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: January 13, 2017, 1:47 pm

Stoaty asks: “when snow not only falls but accumulates, we called that sticking. Brits call it laying. Or possibly lying. What is it where you are?”

In Da Swamp, it would be called The End Times Are Nigh, I think.

It does snow here now and then. We had a snowfall and freeze just before Christmas 1989. The white stuff stayed on the ground for 3 days, because the temps never went above freezing. Of course all the feckless idiots who didn’t wrap their exposed pipes, and there are a lot of both idiots and pipes, lost the pipes. (Plumbers made enough to retire on.)

Comment from Fritzworth
Time: January 13, 2017, 3:58 pm

Many years in DC/Colorado/Utah: sticking or accumulating. I’ve never heard or even run across “laying” or “lying” for snow except in a passive after-the-fact sense (“The snow that fell overnight lay on the meadow like a white, thick blanket.”).

Comment from p2
Time: January 14, 2017, 3:45 am

up here in the frozen freakin north we call it fall….and winter….and spring…and sometimes summer. the difference is whether or not there’s a minus sign in front of the temperature. if there isn’t it’s probably summer……

Comment from Ludwig
Time: January 14, 2017, 11:57 am

Here in New Hampshire I mostly hear accumulating snow called accumulation. It’s routine for snow to remain on the ground from late December till April. However, for the past three days the temperatures have been well above average for the season; resulting in snow melt during the day, which turns into glare ice overnight.

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