Thursday, April 29, 2010

But You Live in Colorado!

Yes, it's true. We live in Colorado with mountains and lots of snow. However, we live at 6,600 feet, and we're considered the region's "banana belt." When the ski resorts get a foot of snow, we might only get 3 inches. Or maybe nothing at all.

Yesterday a friend told me we were due to get 6 - 10" of snow last night and today. I poo-poo'd his claim.

Maybe in Vail. We'd never get that at our elevation, especially at this time of year.

6:00am this morning:

I wish I had a picture of my face when I peeked out the blinds this morning. First, it wasn't even snowing when I went to bed last night. But when I woke up, I could tell there was that kind of hushed sound that comes with snow--you know, when it sounds like the world is muffled. So I peered out between the slats of the blinds. Let them close. Blinked my eyes a few times. Opened the slats again. And could not believe it.

Because even though we live in Colorado, this is extremely uncommon at our elevation. Extremely.

So uncommon that last week I washed and put away heavy gloves, ski pants, snow boots, etc.

Me: "Are you awake?"

Eamonn: "I am now."

Me: "Good, because I need you to get the big box of winter clothes back down out of Finn's closet. We got six inches of snow last night."

Then I went downstairs to exercise, and snapped the above photo (which something happened and it's all weird looking--sorry.)

Out of curiosity, I stepped outside to measure how much snow we had.

A little more than I realized. 9" at 6:00a.m.

An hour later. . .

Guess I won't be grilling for dinner.

The boys were unamused. They had hoped for a giant snow like this while the resorts were still open because I'd told them we'd let them stay home to ski, but we never had a big storm on a weekday when no one was sick. Anyway, the snowplow did finally hit the streets, but the sidewalks hadn't been cleared yet. We had to break trail. Wish I'd worn my snowshoes.

I hope no one planned to ride their bike today.

8:20am. 13".

12:24pm. Still snowing. All afterschool activities have been cancelled. Very, very rare.

Please send a St. Bernard. And make sure he's carrying chocolate in that little barrel thingy.


Kathleen said...

Do you want that to be hot chocolate or just a big barrel of chocolates? How much did Tara get? I guess you do not want me to tell you it is sunny and in the70s here.

Aunt Kathy

Jane Copes (Professor Sepoc) said...

Woohoo! That's a LOT of snow this late! Guess we got your early spring here in Minnesota.

Mommy, I'm Home said...

Grateful the snow stayed your way rather than coming down to Denver. Last Friday, we had rain, hail, snow -- and a tornado warning -- all in a four-hour period. As one of my friends said, "Why does it feel like Mother Nature is having a nervous breakdown?"

dkuroiwa said...

I just popped over here from....hmmm...can't remember right now, but...somewhere...maybe leeann's...anyway...
I'm from Colorado and I'm thinking you must be in the Boulder area? my friend near there was saying that Mother Nature was testing everyone's sense of humor this year. Springtime in Colorado? yeah babeeeee!!!
Great pictures, by the way....and might I say that no...I do NOT miss that at all.
have a good one!!

Anonymous said...

Yesterday was my birthday...the point is, when I lived in UT a 100 years ago, I wanted to go skiing on my birthday...BUT a BIG snow storm blew through and closed everything! -call it the 100 year snowstorm :)

Hope it melts and the sun comes out soon!

Leeann said...

Holy Cow! That's a LOT of snow, especially for almost MAY!
And yep, Debbie K came over through me!

1dreamr said...

O M G... wayyyy too much snow for May! Hope it's gone soon!