2016-2017 Season Watch

2016-2017 Season Watch

It’s that time of year again.  Introducing (drumroll) the 2016-2017 Season Watch.  If you’re new to my blog, every year I track the cold season via my Season Watch pages.  I’ve done this since I moved here.  My initial motivation was to see if the weather is as bad as some people say/think it is.  (It turns out, it isn’t.  I’ll take this weather over northern Utah, most of Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and more.

For the most part, I track days when it snows.  If you don’t see a date listed, it is  because it didn’t snow.  People measure how severe weather is in the north countries based on how much and how often it snows.  2014-2015 season was noted as the worst in recorded history.

They are predicting snow for tomorrow, November 20th, 2016, however, I’m doubtful.  The official forecast is here.  As it says, “1-2 inches possible.”  We will see.  It reminds me of last year’s big storm that wasn’t.  In fact, it didn’t even snow that day.

First Snow of the Season

Day 1 – November 20th, 2016 – Most of the day the snow blew around, but didn’t stick.  After it got dark, it started to stick on the grass and a little on the driveway.  For the most part, it is cold and windy.

Day 2 – November 21st, 2016 – 12-14 inches on my driveway!!!  This is ridiculous.  For a first storm this is unheard of.  I had a difficult time getting the new snowblower out of the garage.  I am glad I bought it.  There is no way I could have shoveled this by hand.

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First Snow 2016

The bushes outside the front door have a foot of snow sitting on top.  Yet, the trees have nothing.  (I’m sure that had to do with last night’s wind.)

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Garage Roof and Driveway

Day 3 – November 22nd, 2016 – We received about 1″ last night.  Currently there are flurries of gropple.   The snow is starting to melt.  Where it was 12″ yesterday it is only about 5″ high.  At this rate, it might be melted by night fall.

Day 4 – December 6th, 2016 – A mushy snow fell for a couple hours leaving about 2″ that largely melted by the next morning.

Day 5 – December 9th, 2016 – It started snowing before the Canal Connection Chamber of Commerce Holiday Dinner was over.

Day 6 – December 12th, 2016 – We got a very heavy, damp, 2″ of snow.  I took out the snowblower to clear the driveway and sidewalks.

Day 7 – December 15th, 2016 –  I woke at 7:20 a.m. and it was clear outside.  By about 7:35 it was white-out conditions, 14F and windy.  It dumped about 1.5 inches and then stopped.

Day 8 – December 17th, 2016 –  More snow today.  I broke out the snowblower and cleared the driveway so our guests could get out.

December 18th, 2016 – No snow, but some very cold rain came today!

A Warm Spell

Day 9 – December 29th, 2016 – We received about 1″ of extremely wet snow.  The news keeps calling it “freezing drizzle”, but it looks white and covers the streets.  I used the snowblower to remove it.

Day 10 – December 30th, 2016 – A little more snow today.  While they are reporting 1.5″, little is sticking.  Much of it underneath is melting.

December 31st, 2016 – We end the year with sunshine and cold temperatures a little above freezing.  Last year by this time we had 5 days of snow, and the year before, 13 days.  We end the year with 10 days of snow thus far which is somewhere in the middle.


January 3rd, 2017 – Warm and rainy today.

January 4th, 2017 – Another warm and rainy day.  All the snow is melted.

Day 11 – January 5th, 2017 – We got just a slight dusting today.

Day 12 – January 9th, 2017 – The weather was threatening today so they canceled the last hour of church and sent us home before it got worse.  The temperatures are in the teens.

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Raccoon Tracks on the Drive Way

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Not real deep, but COLD

Day 13 – January 10th, 2017 -What was supposed to be an inch of snow has already (at 10am) turned in to 2″ of snow.  It’s in the mid-20s, but they say by the end of the week it will be back up to the high 50s.

Another Warm Spell

We had another warm spell that lasted about 2 weeks, and then…

Day 14 – January 24th, 2017 – We had a slight dusting this morning, and flurries throughout the day.  About the time I left the office to go inside, we had about 1.5″ of heavy, wet snow.  When we returned from the temple, much of it had already melted.

Here’s a picture from my morning drive to Geneva.

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Winter Barn Scene

Day 15 – January 31st, 2017 – We got about 1″ this morning.  After blowing the snow off the driveway and sidewalks, it started to melt.  It was all melted when we came home from the temple.

Day 16 – February 1st, 2017 – Another inch, but it is colder.

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After Plowing the Circle

Day 17 – February 2nd, 2017 – Another inch, and colder than yesterday.

Day 18 – February 9th, 2017 – We went from about 60F yesterday down to the teens today.  We received about 1.5″ of new snow.

Day 19 – February 10th, 2017 – Yesterday was a cold day, and this morning we had 2″ of new powder.  Yeah, those 13F mornings means the snow is dry and fluffy.  Brrrrr.

Day 20 – February 13th, 2017 – We got a good 3″ last night of very wet snow.

Day 21 – March 4th, 2017 – About 1.5″ of snow fell last night.  Today is the Face to Face from Palmyra and they have snow on the ground.  This will be interesting to see people’s’ reactions to the snow.

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Snow at the Smith Farm

Day 22 – March 11th, 2017 – We got a little under 1″ today.  The weather is fickle this year.  One day it is near 70, the next day it is in the teens and snowing.

Day 23 – March 14th, 2017 – It started snowing mid-day today.  It wasn’t a lot, but by dinner time it was coming down steady.  By bedtime, it was about a foot deep.  They say it isn’t going to stop until tomorrow around 6pm.

Day 24 – March 15th, 2017 – This very well could be a record storm.  I attempted to blow the snow off the driveway, but it seemed futile.   It finally stopped around 7pm.  The total for the Beckwith Mansion (3 separate measurements in 3 random spots) is 21″ with a s.d. of 0.  In other words, it’s 21″ – no give or take.  (Note:  we have some drifts and some piles because it fell off the roof that are deeper, and around some of the trees, it is almost non-existent.  Hence, 21″ is 21″.)

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Snowblower in too Deep

Day 25 – April 7th, 2017 – We received rain and snow today.  I would call it a dusting, but it was cold, slushy and wet.  It is nasty weather.