Years ago, hanging out with some fellow OU alumnuses, one remarked what they thought of Albuquerque winters – the way “everything has to come together for it to snow”.
They should live in El Paso.
A day after Santa’s visit, we had our first snow. The sun didn’t even come out for 2 days, including for…drum roll…the Sun Bowl! Photos 12/26/2014 –
Can you almost see it falling and on my car window? Large flakes over 1″ in size fell for an hour, but I wasn’t yet dressed up to venture outside, except during smaller snow flakes either side of that for another 45 minutes, or so.
Our 5″ / year average snowfall must come from one huge dump and then nothing for three or more winters, plus some creative measuring. Though I’ve heard about those Aprils in the 1980’s, with an accumulation either side of 12″ both times. Even if that’s really 12 cm., I fear driving these hills with these drivers if that happens again!
Our area got needed moisture, or so I thought. About .15″, but that beats 0.
No more going up further…a mere 2″ at the 5280′ pass, but exposed and icy there, or so I was told.
My favorite part of this event might be the people having fun.
Those cute El Pasoans scraping up all one inch of it, spoken by someone who grew up partly in Denver!
I remember back in ’82, when we shovelled 3′ of it, after digging out from a 12′ drift…
When I lived in San Diego, a few people told me they drove 1+ hour up to the mountains after a high elevation snowstorm, to load their truck beds with snow, then back to dump it in their front yards.