November 16, 2005

Snow!

There's a light dusting of snow this morning, the first of the season. It brightens things up, like confectioner's sugar on a doughnut.

22 comments:

CCMCornell said...

I wake up to see that you woke up to see pleasant snow. I look outside and see more Ithaca rain. :(

Ann Althouse said...

You should get it later, I would think.

Icepick said...

I scoff at your snow! HA-haaaa!

77 degrees Fahrenheit and climbing! Rock on, Central Florida, rock on!

Dale B said...

We got the same storm in Minneapolis. It was nice to see the snow. The ice underneath was not so great. Had to remember the "ice duck walk." It'll probably all be gone by the weekend.

Ann Althouse said...

Icepick: Why is hotter than 77 considered good? For me the ideal is the 60s, followed by the 50s, then the 70s, then the 40s, then the 80s, then the 30s, then the 20s, then the 10s, then the single digits, then the 90s, then s below 0, then above 100. Hence, bragging about Florida does nothing for me.

Icepick said...
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Icepick said...

Yeah, you cold weather types all say that, and then when you retire you all move to Florida, Arizona, Southern California, Cancun, etc. We're tripping over people from up north who used to love the "seasons" but who won't go home now, even if you beat them with a stick. Even Lileks has blogged about moving south.

And anyway, by your own metric we've got you beat today: 26 and snowing versus 77 and sunburn weather. I say again: HA-haaa!

Dave said...

It's 65 degrees and muggy here in NYC.

The air conditioning is on.

Dogtown said...

I am 44 years old, and have never seen falling snow :(

(I'm an L.A. native who doesn't get to the local mountains much, as you can tell)

Kevin said...

As a fellow Wisconsinite, I curse at ye for speaking such a foul word (SNOW) in public.

Plus, those of us in the Lakeshore counties only got rain.

Dale B said...

I'm mostly with Ann on the desirability of various temperatures. It would be just fine with me if the temperature was never over 75 and the dew point was never over 60.

The main reason I moved back to MN from San Diego was that I missed the seasons. Well, that and I got tired of the wall to wall people in southern CA.

Icepick is right about the snow birds. Many people move south to retire. Not all, or even most, but many do move somewhere that's warmer. My parents still live here even though most of their friends moved to TX or AZ. They saw no reason to leave MN.

It's interesting how different people have such extremely different ideas about what constitutes acceptable weather. To me, cold is below -10F. I actually like shovelling snow. It's good exercise and better than going to the gym. OTOH, My brother cannot stand anything colder than freezing (32F) and would rather do just about anything than shovel snow.

XWL said...

Why does talk of sugar on a donut remind me of the Dennis Hopper character from 'River's Edge'?

(oh, wait his line was an analogy about glazed donuts, nevermind)

knoxgirl said...

Yeah, I really hate it when the dew point is over 60...

howzerdo said...

I know snowbirds flock to the south when they retire (and to all who do - good riddance), but no one in my family ever has, and I certainly won't. I don't go south now for vacation, why would I spend my old age there? I love the north and our wonderful change of seasons. It makes life more interesting, and the growing season is appreciated. Just when one weather pattern becomes tiresome, a new one begins! I envy your dusting of snow this morning. It is still too hot here today. But winter is coming!
Gina

Icepick said...

Cool is anything below 70. Cold is anything below 60.

DogTown, I moved north for a few years, and let me tell you that snow is much more enjoyable if you're not there to shovel it.

Once we had several concurrent days of snow, which is unusual for Maryland. (At least for the Bay area.) On the third day, one of my cats came down from her hideout upstairs. She looked out the front window at the still falling snow, hissed at it, and went back upstairs to sleep some more. And she had her own fur coat! That's no kind of environment for hairless apes, which is all hominids really are....

Ann Althouse said...

Icepick: The last place I want to be when I'm old is Florida. The medical care is dangerous. In any event, you see the old folks who do move there. Plenty stay up here. I've known some who've moved back north -- in part for better medical care. If I decided I wanted warm whether, though, I still would avoid Florida!

Dogtown said...

Icepick.....every time I go somewhere that snows, like Colorado or Indiana, I think to myself: "man, it would be nice to move to a place like this that isn't as corrupted as So Cal". But then I come back to earth and realize how grateful I am I don't have to shovel snow part of the year so that my wife and I can simply go to work every day.

I watched "Fargo" again recently, and again wondered how people can survive, let alone enjoy, that part of the country. It looks punishing!

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Professor Althouse,
You said:
"For me the ideal is the 60s, followed by the 50s, then the 70s, then the 40s, then the 80s, then the 30s, then the 20s, then the 10s, then the single digits, then the 90s..."

That sounds like your taste in music, too.

Secondary thought: Mmmm....Doughnuts.

Icepick said...

Dogtown, your comment reminded me of a scene in another Cohen Brothers' film. There's a scene in The Big Lebowski where The Dude confronts a PI who's been following him. I paraphrase the PI, but I'm pretty sure I've got The Dude's line correct.

PI: Crazy, huh? Ran away a year ago.

[He is holding out another picture.]

PI: The Gundersons told me to show her this when I found her. The family farm.

[A bleak farmhouse and silo are the only features on a flat snow-swept landscape.]

PI: Outside of Moorhead, Minnesota. They think it'll make her homesick.

The Dude: Boy. How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm once they've seen Karl Hungus?

Stiles said...

It's all a matter of perspective.

I'm with Dale B in that I don't mind shoveling snow, at least as a thirtysomething.

My childhood growing up during the 70's and early 80's in northern NY was much more wintry than what passes for winter in Madison. Part of that is that even today, the North Country is colder and snowier than south-central Wisconsin, being a little further north, getting more lake effect, and being more closed off from the Gulf. And part of it is that the 60's through the early 80's had more severe winters.

So compared to the big snow storms and very cold temperatures (-36F the morning I was delivered), I used to experience, Wisconsin (at least in the south) doesn't seem too bad.

Although I will say that the snow removal in Wisconsin doesn't compare well with upstate NY.

Dogtown said...

Icepick....I never saw "The Big Lebowski". I think it's the only Coen Bros. flick I haven't seen. I will NetFlix it ASAP.

"Gunderson" is used often by them, apparently. Marge Gunderson was the lead female in "Fargo". Must be a Minnesota thing.

It's a big country out there. A big COLD country.

Icepick said...

Dogtown, a lot of people have made a virtual religion out of The Big Lebowski, but I'm not one of them. It was okay, but I'd much rather watch The Hudsucker Proxy. But NetFlix is cheap, so enjoy! May you have a religious experience!