OK, let's review this for a second.
a. I live in New Mexico, have for most of my life. Was born here, now live here by choice, mostly for the sun-shiney skies and warm temps. Did I mention the sun shine? It's my favorite.
b. Along with "Land of Enchantment" we are known for our 345-350 days a year of sun shine, and low moisture levels. Less than 18" of rain per year is our average, I think. Humidity is usually in the single-digits. And when humidity is 100%, it's raining. When it hits 25%, we all melt.
c. That 18" of rain include approximately 3 feet of snow. It all falls in one place on one mountain, at one certain time of the year.
You can understand my skepticism when all the weather people started foaming at the mouth and screaming "It's coming! Batten down the hatches! The snow! The snow!"
Yeah, right. I've lived here for 40-something years, the last 20 in Santa Fe, and the most snow we've ever gotten in one storm was 8" - that was about 4-5 years ago, and the only way to get around town was on cross-country skis. Since I don't ski, you can imagine where this left me.
Anyway - it started snowing Monday afternoon/evening. I got up Tuesday and came to work, and watched it snow all day. About 2 in the afternoon, they shut us down and sent us home. It took me almost 2 hours to make my normal 50 min drive home. Yesterday, there was no school, no work (shut down the office cause the roads were too bad) and SNOW! It snowed most of yesterday, off and on. We normally get pretty dry snow - not a lot of moisture in it (horrible for making snow balls or snow men, won't pack together), this was sort of wet and sort of dry. The wind howled like a banshee at the beginning of the storm, blowing most of the snow God-knows-where. But, when it quit, the snow kept coming. They estimate that we got 6 inches in SF. It was probably closer to 12 - but easily half blew away. The ski area got 27 inches of snow. I don't know if that's a record or not, but I know the skiers are going to be very happy for Christmas.
And I bet you'll never guess what I did yesterday?
I knitted. DUH!!!