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Friday, December 4, 2009

It's frozen over....


(photo courtesy of Flick user fancy fembot, original viewable here.


Has it been 5 years already?

We got our twice-a-decade dusting of snow today. At first I was pretentiously looking down my nose at the freezing rain, sleet, and slush accumulation that these untrained heathens were calling "snow". (being from northern NY, much like the Inuit, we have 18 words for snow. At least 13 of them are usable in polite society.)

But then as the day progressed and the globs of mush turned into honest-to-goodness snowflakes, I had to grudgingly admit we were getting "real" snow. Now it wasn't a delicate dusting of powder (word 7 for those keeping track, and it wasn't quite a deluge of lake-effect (word 2), but it was reasonably large puffy flakes coming at moderate velocity. It was just a little bit short of a flurry.

Now let me tell you what a treat a 45 minute commute on major highways in shopping season in the snow with drivers who can't handle normal driving let alone loss of traction is. My assumption is that they assumed the white flakes were some manifest wrath of their respective deities, and they were doing their best to OUTRUN them, explaining the ridiculous speeds and subsequent wrecks abounding because of LESS THAN AN INCH OR SO OF SNOW. (dear Houstonians, that last capitalized bit may not convey to you the scorn that it implies to those of us who grow up with snow. Suffice to say that less than an inch barely qualifies as a "dusting". That's April weather, not proper winter snow. So inability to drive in a pleasantly cool spring dusting does not speak well for one's ability to handle snow.)

2 comments:

~Kari~ said...

I really want to know the 13 words for snow that I apparently missed out on having been raised in Upstate NY myself. I ESPECIALLY want to know the five not spoken in polite society!

JMBower said...

Most of the impolite ones are just repuirposed garden variety cuss words.

But off the top of my head, the words I can think of for, or directly applied to, snow are:


Snow
Flurry
Dusting
Lake-effect
Sleet
Freezing rain
Powder
(Hard)Pack
Slush
Drifts
White-out
Frost/hoarfrost
Bank
Corn snow
Cornice
Windpack
Precip
Artificial/manmade

ok, so some of those are reaching a little, but that's 18 words without even getting into impolite terms!