Everything in extreme.
That has been the story of winter in the United States. No exception here in upstate New York, where normally February is something I dread. Below zero wind chills, ice and snow, with no respite.
Except for this year.
Exhibit 1: the website of the Golden Snowball award, a friendly competition between five upstate New York cities for the most annual snowfall. Mind you, we are PROUD of our ability to withstand snow. We might as well be proud - there's nothing we can do to stop the snow.
Back to the Golden Snowball, the person who runs the Golden Snowball website almost cancelled the contest this year (and I'm not sure he was kidding), claiming he had nothing to write about.
Exhibit 2: a recent blog post about a road trip, complete with my pictures of Southern Tier non snow.
We are on the edge of the New York snowbelt, and although snow has mainly missed us, it has not missed the snowbelt itself. Yet, even they are below average.
I did find snow on that trip to the Syracuse area. So as a public service so we don't forget what it looks like, I want to share some of my pictures now as a Winter Wonder. (People living in Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas, among other places, feel free to avert your eyes. You've suffered enough with your severe weather.)
LaFayette, New York.
A Trader Joes food store in a Syracuse suburb has a snow pole, where they gleefully post their cumulative snow totals.
As for us in the Binghamton, New York area about 70 miles from some of these pictures, just remember that Golden Snowball chart.
May it continue that way. So many of us are wondering when the "big one" will come for us. I won't be surprised if we are pounded with snow in March. We keep saying "it has to come, eventually."
How has your weather been recently?