March 11th, 2006


I had no idea...

I had no idea what sleet was until experiencing it at 2 p.m. this afternoon outside my house.

Wait... 2 p.m.? afternoon? sleet? in sunny Santa Clara Valley? What's up with that?

The hill just outside my window got well and truly coated with snow at 1 p.m. and again that moment at 2 p.m. The very top part was so coated that no vegetation was visible -- pure white above a certain point.

I think the last time it snowed in the afternoon here was in 1950. I don't know if it actually snowed then, but that's when the record low temperatures are (I think that was when it rained birds in Capitola -- a large flock of seabirds had gotten a frigid draft in flight, and literally fell from the sky). It did snow in early morning hours in 1977; I remember that.

Currently it is 33 degrees outside. It has been 34 or 33 back and forth since about 10:30 p.m. Apparently it actually is snowing in my old home town of Santa Cruz.

As much as I hate the cold, this is pretty neat -- for the novelty of it. I'm having no problem walking outside to check the conditions, in just a polo shirt over a T-shirt, and jeans. Normally I'd be wrapped up in three coats and four shirts but still be shivering my tail off... but right now I just don't seem to mind it because of the anticipation that it might jolly well snow tonight.