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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

It Won't Be Long . . .

But ❄️ ☃️ arrived sooner than expected.

That's because, according to most calendars, December 21 marks the official arrival of winter, whereas the official start of meteorological winter is December 1. That date was perfect timing as winter came to in Nashua, NH (and other places) via a 48-hour storm that started Sunday afternoon and ended Tuesday mid-afternoon. Did you get any?

Thankfully, we returned home from our holiday travels before the storm's arrival. 

It didn't snow the entire time,  starting and stopping before clearing out completely. We stayed indoors the entire time. There was nowhere we had to go and the cars are safely parked in the indoor garage. 

This view was from a 5th floor window on our floor. Main streets were snow-free by late Tuesday morning. However, Grenville monitored the police bands which reported numerous fender benders on side streets and local highways. 
Usually, Nashua's first snowfall is sometime in December, but some years recorded snow in November. The season's last snowfall typically occurs in March, or as late as April.
Checking for Nashua, NH, snow stats online, I learned that in December, one in four years totaled over 17 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years got 6 inches or less for the month. In January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years exceeded 20 inches, while the lightest years get less than 6.6 inches. New snow in February ranged from over 19 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 6 inches in lighter years.

The earliest Nashua snowfall was on November 11, 1906 and totaled 6 inches. The earliest storm of 10 inches or more was on November 16, 1967, when 11 inches fell. In January 2015, the year we moved here, a blizzard blanketed Nashua with over 33 inches of snow making it the highest accumulation in the state. It was the city's highest ever recorded  and broke a record of 30 inches set in March 1888.

Nashua was far from the top snowfall in NH this time. New Ipswich, NH, had 36 inches this snowfall (the top total in NH). The good great news is that May-October, Nashua is (usually) snow-free.

Some bloggers may recognize the post title as part of the opening line from Snow with vocals by Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen. The four harmonize during a late night meet-up on a train heading to VT in a the holiday classic, White Christmas. (We'll be watching the movie again this holiday. How about you?)

17 comments:

Jon said...

I'm so glad to hear that you had a storm-free Thanksgiving and got home safely before the big snows. The photos are beautiful and I especially love the last one.

Ironically, I just watched the movie "White Christmas" two nights ago - - and the Snow song is one of my favorites.

Sandra said...

I like that view of the big truck on the road and all the snow, from your floor, really different with the snow. good idea to stay indoors, both cars and people... glad it did not linger on and on. all the people in snow country are fleeing here to Florida and we don't have snow accidents but this is our population doubles time of year and traffic accidents triple.

robin andrea said...

I love seeing the snow there. It makes everything so pristine white, smooth and beautiful. And then, of course, all of that changes.

Edna B said...

That last photo is awesome! We got about eight inches here at my place. But most of it has been cleaned up with a snow blower. I love that Christmas movie. And I love all Christmas music. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

Emma Springfield said...

If I lived with you I would spend all my time looking out the window. You have such a wonderful view. As far as White Christmas you know I will be watching it. I watch so many Christmas movies as you know.

Nil @ The Little House by the Lake said...

The last photo is so beautiful.
I'm glad you were safely home during the storm.



Anvilcloud said...

You are quite a researcher.

DUTA said...

Iמ winter, the cold/stormy/snowy weather keeps you people indoors. So you read more, watch TV, practice a hobby. Here, where I live, in the Middle East - the weather even in winter is quite nice and so we prefer it outdoors,to the streets, the markets, the parks.

Well,balance is what is needed, both worlds are equally important.

Great pictures!

Latane Barton said...

Oh my goodness... that's a bit of snow! A good bit. We haven't had any yet and that's fine with me. But, I would love to see some for Christmas day. It would make it perfect.

Red said...

You get far more snow than we do . Now I'm going to have to look it up.

baili said...

this is nice that you were back safely before snowfall dear Dorothy

thank you for knowledge about earlier snow in your city
images are absolutely stunning ,lots of snow made me feel quite cold lol as our lowest temp is hardly 8 after midnight though days are warmer with 20 plus

thank you for sharing such amazing song ,it made my morning energetic :)))
loved the post and song :)
blessings!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

That would be more than enough snow to bring England to a standstill! But then we have so little snow these days that it's hardly worth spending lots of money preparing for it.

Valerie said...

I remember the days when I loved to play in the snow. Pity I can't still do that. For some reason snowfalls are not very common, unlike days gone by when kids turned snow into caves. Oh happy days! Of course, I was young then, snow is not so welcome now.

Goldendaze-Ginnie said...

I have just one word in response to your blog entry. BRRRRRRRRR !!
Oh, wait, I don't think that's a real word ...

Akasha said...

What a beautiful little town.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful shots. We're getting snow today.

My name is Erika. said...

I am still not getting notification of your new posts. They used to show up in email but are not now. Sorry I haven't been by for awhile. Yup, meteorological winter arrived with an explosion this year. It did not want to be ignored. Hugs-Erika

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