2/12/2010 At lot happened today, the start of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in conjunction with the “Southern Snowstorm” of 2010. From what was seen on the Weather Channel, Dallas, TX received something like 12 inches of snow and the storm kept on moving Eastward dumping snow on Jackson MS, Atlanta GA, Columbia SC and Charleston, SC. Our Weather Alert Radio’s tones went off sometime early yesterday and advised of a Winter Storm Warning. At that time it was still dry out and one might have questioned where all this winter weather would be coming from. Early forecasts told us that rain would begin at about 4pm and it would change over to snow later in the evening … Well they lied, it never rained!
At about 5:30p I went out and walked Roxy and I could see light flurries coming down. The evening progressed further on and about 7:00p the flakes were falling pretty steadily. I was watching NBC and in between the pre-show for the Olympics the weather man kept popping up every 15 minutes or so and he was having a field day with his maps and Doppler radar.
Estimates were coming across for up to 6 inches of snow through the middle of Horry County and our house was on the centerline of the most intense colors on the TV weather map. OK I said we’ll see. Well come about 7:30 or so it was snowing a pretty good clip and the snow was accumulating on the grass and decking. The trees were beginning to grab and cling on to the snow as it fell. I went for my camera just to see if I could get a few shots of it snowing and I thought that I was able to capture the moment.
Fortunately this wasn’t exactly a blizzard as the snow fell pretty much at a slight angle but not sideways as was seen in other communities. In evidence was the fact that the snow was coming in from the north and west because that was the side of the tree trunks that were getting coated. I withdrew to the inside of our house without a care in the world for the snow since I wasn’t going anywhere and I certainly wasn’t going to shovel it. I found our couch, turned into a potato, and continued watching the Opening Celebrations for the Olympics. The entire production was very well done and I have to admit it was great entertainment. The Canadians did it right. Aside from that little blip with one of the towers before lighting the cauldron, everything went by smoothly. It was definitely not a determent to the producers where they just said, the show must go on and whatever came up came up and that was enough. It was altogether fitting that the Great Gretzky was the person who was tasked to be the final torch bearer.
When we moved out of Connecticut, one of the 1st redundant things that hit the too much stuff dumpster were my snow shovels and I gave my Toro electric snow blower away to my neighbor. We’ve been in South Carolina for a little over 5 years and during that time, we missed 1 dusting because we were in Florida and one other time I was in a brief snow squall out on the I95 at the Flying J in Latta, SC. Since then we’ve not seen any snow.
This morning when I took Roxy outside, something all too familiar struck me that I guess I did miss about snowfall. The trees being resplendent in white trim and the absence of background noise took me back to New England snow falls that I have experienced for most of my life. I didn’t know how much I missed the sensory input until it was restored. Now that said would I like to do it again, heck no! I’m done with snow – bring on the heat! We’re ready for spring.
I brought Roxy outside for a little relief and she wasn’t on-board with this snow thing since she had not ever seen snow. Boy was she confused. She tried to make her way into the snow but it pushed back on her chest so she just stopped and looked up at me … Now what? Well, I just grabbed her leash and without the benefit of a 1 horse “soap and slay”, I said comon’ Roxy and I bolted off into the lawn. Well Roxy forgot to disengage her parking brake because she was all 4 wheels locked up for about 30 feet or so. Stopping, Roxy was oh so tentative with her dainty paws and she was reluctant to put any weight on one spot or another. Spinning around and using existing foot prints she was trying to figure out this new landscape. Making first one little step and then another, Roxy got the hang of it. That was 1 little step for a piebald and one giant leap for a dachshund.
Once I thought she felt comfortable, I began to run again but this time Roxy was bounding through the 5” snow fall like a gazelle and apparently was happy to do so. After a few moments I stopped and Roxy began walking through virgin snow and making her own tracks and sniffing this white stuff. She seemed to have gotten accustomed to the snow pretty quickly once she knew it was just a little cold and wouldn’t hurt her.
As the morning progressed and the temperatures came up to the mid-forties in bright sunshine, clumps of snow began falling from the trees quite rapidly and by the end of the afternoon about 70% of the snow around the house had melted. Right now at 6:00pm the temperature is 43° and the sun is setting. It supposed to get down to 22° this evening so whatever snow is there will freeze up until tomorrow. I expect when the sun comes out tomorrow that most of the snow that fell will be but a memory.
One of the biggest disappointments that happened here unrelated to me directly is that the Bi-Lo Myrtle Beach Marathon that was scheduled to be run today was canceled. Fearing the worst from the weather the event organizers canceled the Marathon. There were thousands of people here and man the majority of them were upset!
This morning quite a few people got up, put on their running gear and with a determination only known by long distance runners, took to the streets on their own without any support. For those people that went out and ran the Marathon course, the event organizers gave those runners that crossed the finish line a Marathon commemorative medal. So it wasn’t a total loss. The official post race party is being held at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach so I would expect as the evening progresses that I’ll all work out!Research Campgrounds, Plan RV Safe Routes & Turn your phone into an RV GPS.
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