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Snow in September

Posted by Dorothy on 9/15/03 at 22:10 (130160)

When we lived in Michigan, one year there was a good snowfall on Mother's Day, which was May 12. Our neighbor was mowing his grass while the snow was beginning. Another year we had a hard freeze in August. Rough on the garden.

Re: Snow in September

Suzanne D on 9/15/03 at 22:18 (130162)

Dorothy, my grandfather used to tell about how there was snow in Adair County, KY on the first day of June one year. My sister and cousins and I would relish that thought because that meant that one could hope for a 'snow day' clear up until school was out! :D On snow days, we got to go stay at our grandparents' home for the day, and with our two great-aunts living right next door, there was never a lack for anything to do!

One winter we brought a snowball into the house, and I asked my aunt if we could keep it in the freezer. I thought it would be neat to see how long it would last. Of course, being children, we forgot all about it. My aunts died within a three months time frame, and when my mother went over after a time to clean the house, she found the snowball still in the freezer! I was 28 years old, so it had been there for many years. They never threw it away, I guess to remember those fun snow days.

Well, I am really thinking snow now! But there will definitely NOT be a snow day here tomorrow, so I had better go to bed!

Suzanne :)

Re: Snow in September

marie on 9/16/03 at 15:22 (130238)

We won't have snow until November and then it's iffy. We had such a warm winter one year that I took pictures of my roses that were in full bloom on Christmas day. The next year we had a blizzard that took a week to dig out from.

We get alot of school delays for fog. Last week we had fair day off, three 2 hour delays for fog and one school cancellation for fog.

Re: Snow in September

BGCPed on 9/16/03 at 17:48 (130267)

Dorothy do you remember back if you are around 39 y/o it would be in the 70s. We had a blizzard in April in Michigan. It was like 24 inches in 1 1/2 day missed a few days of school. You cant be from A2 your whole life?

Re: Snow in September

Dorothy on 10/06/03 at 03:10 (132395)

I never responded to you and I'm sorry. I don't remember the specific blizzard you mention... there were so many! I do remember the time that the governor closed the entire state - this was in the late 1970s sometime - and there was just no traffic anywhere. We went out walking in the blizzard and cross-country skiing - it was just great. This was also in the (grand and glorious) days before the proliferation of snowmobiles. They are a plague on the winter and jet skis are a plague on the summer. I hope their inventors and sellers suffer some kind of incurable skin rash that causes them to itch uncontrollably. Sorry for that unkind lapse... I just hate the things and what they have done to being outdoors.
Back to blizzards - we used to get so much snow that it went up about 3/4 of the way to the top of a sliding glass door to the back deck. It was just amazing and so thrilling. It hasn't snowed like that in a long time.
No, I'm not from Ann Arbor and I have never lived in Ann Arbor. I lived in the 'snow belt' but am not from there either - but I fell in love with it over time. The night we moved to Michigan was one of the worst blizzards in history. We moved on News Years Eve and literally when we crossed the state line into Michigan, we were in the biggest snow and ice storm I had ever seen in my life. Semi trucks were off every which way and vehicles of all sorts were in the median, turned every which way. My husband was in the 'lead car' of our two-car convoy and I was in the second car with our daughter in the back seat; she was a toddler at the time. I had never driven in weather like that in my life and kept clutching the steering wheel so hard that when we finally 'landed', I had deep ruts cut into my palms. Well, enough of this....yes, I remember LOTS of blizzards in Michigan. Some with fondness, some not.

Re: Snow in September

john h on 10/06/03 at 09:03 (132417)

Dorothy,Dorthy,Dot: As a helicopter pilot in Cheyenne, Wyoming I was privileged to participate in blizzard rescues every year for 4 years in Wyoming,Montana,Nebraska and S. Dakota. In areas near Cheyenne the sheep farmers are locked in for the year once the first big snow falls. We on occasion had to bring them food and other supplies. I have seen two story homes on the plains with snow up to the second story windows. People in the high plains lead a rugged life and are the true cowboys of this country. You can fly for 100 miles and see nothing but antelope and jack rabbits and these hearty folks grind it out year after year. I have mentioned this on the board before but one year which I think was 1969 I was asked by the Daughter's of The American Revolution to give a speech in a small town a hundred miles from nowhere in northern Wyoming. The anti war movement was in full swing so I did not know what to expect or even what my subject would be. When I arrived I landed on the high school football field only to find the Mayor and every school kid in town there to greet me and my crew. I was escorted to the high school auditorium where once we were on the stage we received a standing ovation. I was totally overwhelmed with emotion as we were often called names and even spit on in those days. After a few words there we were taken to a hotel meeting room where about 12 ladies from 80-100 who were the Daughters of The American Revolution heard us give a little talk not in support of or against war but just an informative talk about our life. They asked some good questions and hugged us all. We then were taken back to the football field with all the kids still there cheering and we left feeling like the worlds greatest heroes. In rural America you find amazing people..

Re: Snow in September

Dorothy on 10/07/03 at 02:49 (132556)

John H. ~ This is a wonderful story and account of an obviously memorable event. I'm glad you got the appreciation that you deserved. Wyoming kind of appeals to me - the idea of having to have a rope strung up from the house to the barn to make sure you could get back in a snowstorm after a trip to the barn just appeals to the cussed independence in me.
Best to you, John H. You always sound like a remarkable guy.