Oh the weather outside is frightful…..

UGH!  I loathe the stuff.  It has been an unusually cold winter for us here in the desert.  The nights have been really cold, often below freezing, and our day time temps have been below normal.  It’s generally in the 50s at least.  While at my daughter’s over Christmas we were enjoying daytime temps in the 70s – she lives in a warmer desert than here.

But today it’s been cold and cloudy and another weather front moved in.  And we got snow.  One of the reasons I came to the desert was to get away from the cold and snow.

Yes, I already hear you folks who truly do live in the cold, cold climates.  I KNOW you get a ton of snow and how bitter cold it is.  But this is southern California and we get snow about once every ten years.

UGH

This past week was a major weather event for Southern California.  One storm after another hit – we had rain, wind, snow, hail, floods, mudslides and even a couple of tornadoes!  In and around LA people had to leave their homes for fear of mudslides – the result of the fires this past summer stripping away all vegetation and leaving the land exposed and vulnerable.  Thursday I had to leave the office for a few minutes and was greeted with this sight on my new car (taken with my iPhone)…

snow!

Darn snow is one of the reasons I left Illinois.  Then this morning I was awakened by two noisy cats – breakfast was not being served.  I went to the kitchen and looked out of the window — snow on the neighbor’s roof.  I went back to bed, feeling sorry for myself, and hid under the covers.  Several hours later when I awoke again the sun and made all that white stuff disappear!  YIPPEE.  Tonight it’s supposed to be 28F.  At least no snow in in the forecast.

Time until my ship sets sail:  5 days, 11 hours and 22 minutes!

Burr

As Bilbo Baggins wrote "There and back again".  We have returned from the warm south to the bitter cold of the mid-west.  We got home on Monday and the temps slowly and surely began to fall.  Right now it's 1F, but the wind chill has it at -20.  As winds continue and the temps drop, -35 is predicted.  Already the schools have made the decision to close for tomorrow.  It's supposed to warm up to 2 (but wind chill will keep it in the negative 30 range).  And just think, I CHOSE to live here.  What was I thinking??

It started snowing when we were just a few miles from home.  Now it's too cold to snow, so I guess that is a good thing.

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Let it snow!

The weather for most of the US continues to be very wintery.  It started snowing here just before 8 this morning and has not stopped.  It's a gentle snow, but is supposed to become more intense as the day progresses, with us ending up with as much as 5 inches of the white stuff!

8am 10am

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Not sure that I'm looking forward to seeing this tonight!

I've been busy in the kitchen again – this time with a delicious mushroom pasta bake.