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I am accustomed to snow in the week after Thanksgiving. That is, the last week of November. Usually it is a dusting, or just an inch or so. (In my childhood, in the 70's, the snow came sooner. I remember snow from Halloween right through Easter!)

But Lake effect snow is a whole nother thing.I have never lived anywhere afflicted with it. We lived for a while on the edge of Lake Michigan, but on the wrong side for lake effect snow. (BTW, Lake Michigan is for all purposes an inland sea. It stretches out to the horizon. It has shipwrecks. It has surf sometimes. It feels like swimming in the Atlantic. It just tastes wrong!)

My MIL spent her early girlhood in Cheektuwaga. She remembers diving out of the second floor window for fun, to land safely in a snowdrift. I would perhaps not believe her story if I had not done the same, at school in the Berkshires. (We used the 3rd floor balcony to get a good running start!)

Snow has come to upper New York State.  Here are some pictures.


I am glad that Coney Island is on the water. We should get lots of wet wind, and it will be cold, but snow should be less thereby. That is the plan, anyhow. I will let you all know how it turns out.



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Nov. 18th, 2014 10:15 pm (UTC)
Those are some impressive pictures. I hope the snow treats you kindly, when it comes.

We are getting rain, which is normal.
Nov. 19th, 2014 01:59 am (UTC)
I love the snow at first. I am an idiot for the 'first snow' each year, run around with my mouth open trying to catch snowflakes. But then it just gets dirty and it is in the way, and finally the whole world is sort of reduced to trenches and dirty grey heaps-- places where you cannot step.

Then when spring comes it all melts, and you see all kinds of nasty things underneath.
Nov. 18th, 2014 11:45 pm (UTC)
That's amazing! I can't imagine snow like that! Must be great fun for kids but a nightmare if you have to go out and get anything done. What does Hazel make of snow? Does she like it, or does it just make her paws cold?

We rarely get more than a couple of inches of snow here on the West Coast of Scotland, and some winter's we get none at all. Plenty of rain and gales though :}
Nov. 19th, 2014 02:09 am (UTC)
Hazel is quite brave when it is lying supine and vanquished on the ground. She is worried when it lunges out of the sky though.

She finds the snow limits the places where she can pee. All the dogs have to use the trenches between the drifts. It makes them even more dirty and nasty. The plows compress the drifts and make them bigger as the winter goes on.

The kids do love it.Coney Island is quite flat compared to Sunset Park. (Coney Island is of course a sandbar. Sunset Park is where the battle of Brooklyn was held. The Americans held the high ground and the British soldiers toiled up the hill!)

As for jumping from the third floor, that was into about 6 feet of fluffy non-compressed snow. Also it was so cold up there that the snow had a different texture. It was so dry that it squeaked!

Hard to believe I ever did that. But I remember how it felt. An agile girl had room to do a flip.
Nov. 19th, 2014 12:03 am (UTC)
No snow here in the Inland Northwest... yet! But it's been super cold for the past week or more. A forecast said highs of 35 F and I'm thinking "Heat Wave!"
Nov. 19th, 2014 02:11 am (UTC)
Blergh! You know what I mean by wet cold. The kind that seems to sneak under your coat no matter what you do. I think I have been more miserably cold in Boston than anywhere else in life. Of course following the Navy has provided me with years of wet cold!
Nov. 19th, 2014 10:57 pm (UTC)
Our recent cold spell has been fairly dry. Even on the coldest days I rarely had to scrap windows. It's something we don't usually get in this area... I remember similar when we were stationed at China Lake, California. No frost or ice in sight, and yet it would be so cold. About the only thing we'd notice was that the dogs' water dish would be froze solid.
Nov. 19th, 2014 12:37 pm (UTC)
Hope you keep snowless, toots.
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