Snow Swarm

Snow: 1-17-2013

Snow: 1-17-2013

I have never seen snow the way I saw snow last Thursday. It was one of the most “coolest”, meteorological scenes I’ve ever seen.

Listen, I’ve skied in the awesome Rocky Mountains at Keystone, Colorado, lived and walked through a real North Georgia Blizzard in March of 1993, and I have stood in swirling snow on Mt. Titlis in Engelberg, Switzerland in almost-near blizzard conditions, and I’ve never seen snow like I did last Thursday.

I knew they were coming: the humongous snow globs. I’ve lived in the Southeastern United States, and if you know this area like I do, you know our best snows are when the southern moist winds of the Gulf of Mexico collide with the cold fronts from the north over the Southeast. These types of snows start as rain then turn into snow with huge snow globs…just blobs of dozens of snowflakes. I had even dreamed about these snow flakes on Wednesday night.

My new sight wasn’t the huge size of the snowflakes. It was the visual of these snowflakes as they flew to the earth. I don’t know if it was a certain type of cloud, the closeness of the clouds to the ground (maybe like a fog), or what. This is it: the snow looked like bees, or locust, or some other type of insects swarming, through the air! It wasn’t the visual of white snow plummeting to the ground. You could see millions of snow flakes swarming up in the grey clouds. It was an AWESOME sight! All during my life I’ve lifted my eyes and face towards the sky to catch snowflakes on my tongue, and as I’ve done this, I’ve always looked up to the clouds, but this is the first time I’ve seen the snow fall like this.

Okay, I’m done. LOL. Did anyone else see the snow like this? Is it common, and I’ve just never paid attention? Whatever the case, it was a special snow moment for Haven.

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