When you live in California, the first sign of anything that even remotely looks like snow, people get excited. Even here, snow is exciting.
I was sitting in my office in Rochester when I heard someone walking quickly across the room saying, “It’s snowing! It’s snowing!”
A bunch of people gathered at the window. I could hear them talking and debating. Finally, the group consensus was, “It’s just rain.”
However, some areas did report some flakes blowing around, but nothing stuck to the ground or structures. It was just too warm outside for it to stick.
So, we end November without any snow.
I find it funny what people remember about weather. Because of my walking and bike riding, I believe I have a pretty good recollection of what weather is like on particular days of the year and times of the year. Now, I do not have such recollection for this part of the country, as I’ve only lived here (full-time) since June 22nd of this year. However, if people are the same wherever you go, then it will hold true that people don’t really remember weather patterns from a day-to-day basis unless there is something that connects them to the weather that day.
For example, people might remember the weather on a certain day because it was their birthday, Christmas, or they had a family outing planned that day. However, just getting up and going to work each day normally doesn’t cause people to connect the date with the weather.
However, if you are getting up in the morning, and going for a walk or bike ride, or even if you work outdoors, you might pay closer attention to the weather. When I was riding my bike daily, I was charting my miles. When I didn’t ride, I marked, “No Ride – Rain”. After my ride, I would note where I went, along with the miles, and a short note like, “very windy”, “very cold”, “hot today”, etc.
As a result of this, I began to realize that in the San Francisco Bay Area, early June can be quite windy, foggy and cold in the mornings. For several years in a row, I noted that on the summer solstice, even though it was the longest day of the year, it could be quite chilly in the mornings and windy during the day.
Now that I’m blogging daily (and walking), it will be quite easy to track the weather patterns here. I have been told this November has been unusual, but over the years, it will be interesting to see if my experience correspond to people’s memories. As for November 30th, NOAA reports two newsworthy incidents on this day for Western New York – 1975 when areas of Buffalo (about a 2 hour drive from here) got 12-24″ of snow that day. The storm continued for several days dumping a total of 48″ in some parts. The other was 1991 when 50 mph winds downed power lines in Orleans County. (Sorry, nothing for Monroe or Wayne Counties.) But, in 1996, Wayne County got hit with 8 to 12″ of snow on November 27th. (The max. 24-hour snow fall for Wayne County runs 8-12″ for any given month according to NOAA.)
As for now, November closes without any snow in Palmyra.
After work, we had a barbershop quartet practice at the Nickell’s home. Things are coming together. Saturday’s the BIG day. We’ll practice Thursday night, and that’s our last chance to get it right.