December 31st, 2006

Cold Weather

Snow. Real snow!

The last day of the year saw the first real snowfall of the season.  It doesn't appear to be very deep yet, though it is forming drifts around objects like the house.

Being a native Californian, and my hometown having only seen snow once in the past 50 years, I am learning a few things about the weather.  Like, if you try to make a snowball using your bare hands, your fingers will get DAMN cold, DAMN fast.  And falling snow can really sting when it gets in your eyes.

Here's some pictures of the snow so far.  It's still coming down, so it'll probably be deeper later on tonight.  I'll try to take more pictures.

What's snow with you?  There's snow business like snow business
Cold Weather

What's snow?

So this afternoon I went outside 4 or 5 times to play in the snow conduct scientific research.  Even though the temperature is only around 26F, I have a good tolerance of the cold and would barely notice it, if it weren't for the wind.  With wind gusts up to 30 MPH, the wind chill got down below zero.  26F I can stand, -4F is a bit much for someone with only a light jacket.

The snow got about a foot deep in some spots, but the average seems to be less than 6 inches.  I don't have any real snow depth instruments, and my automatic rain gauge is totally useless for snow, so I can't really give an accurate measurement.

I was hoping to drive around just a bit in the snow to get a feel for it.  Unfortunately, I'm still having a problem with something draining my car battery, so it's DOA until I can get it recharged.

Here's a couple more photos:

Soybean fields  Soybean fields under snow.

Nearby woods  Nearby woods