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Digging out...

Wow -- this is supposedly the biggest snow storm here in a quarter-century. The airport is closed until at least tomorrow... the National Guard is out there now (Denver International is a United hub, so it must be crazy out there). Hello to all my other stranded Colorado friends! : )

My car:


Clover ran outside, fell in, panicked, and "swam" back in:


Now she refuses to leave the house:


Posted by Kathy on December 21, 2006 | Permalink


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My dog has exactly the opposite reaction to snow even now that she is 14. I can't get her back in the house without a bribe when there is snow on the ground. She wishes we got that much here in Seattle instead of the whimpy 2-3" we did get. Could be because she was born in NE in November and never saw grass until May. Could be because she's a lab and anything wet is akin to speed.

Posted by: Julie | Dec 21, 2006 12:53:59 PM

Julie: my roommate's lab is out there bounding around too, but Clover (a Harrier foxhound) is just a big baby about it (born in Los Angeles in December which means, of course, that it was exactly 72 degrees). And without the sun or warmer temps, it looks like this snow isn't going anywhere for a while.

If I start acting strange(r) or typing the same things over and over... you'll know it's that whole Shining thing. (Side note: the hotel in that movie was actually The Stanley, in nearby Estes Park.)


Posted by: Kathy Sierra | Dec 21, 2006 1:12:25 PM

Meanwhile in Montreal, we expect rain for Christmas.

Posted by: Louis-Philippe Huberdeau | Dec 21, 2006 1:16:55 PM

I love the photos-- thanks for giving us a sense of the adventure you are having. And meanwhile in Philadelphia, it is supposed to be 60 degrees on Saturday. Please send us some snow!

Posted by: Paul | Dec 21, 2006 2:04:16 PM

How are the Icelandic horses doing?

Posted by: Justin Akehurst | Dec 21, 2006 2:08:59 PM

Lucky you, here in Sweden there's almost no snow at all :(

Posted by: Johan Forngren | Dec 21, 2006 2:17:19 PM

My last year in Colorado (2003) we got hit with a similar snowfall. The airport wasn't kaputs, but just about everyone was snowed in. Took a while for it all to melt. I ended up running out of food in my apartment so I had to dig my way out. Its even harder when you don't have a shovel :)

My advice is make sure you have plenty of food and water for the next few days. Even the notorious Colorado 3 day melt won't help your driveway if you don't clear off at least the first foot or two of snow.

Posted by: Karthik | Dec 21, 2006 2:42:45 PM

...and in Australia, we just had the hottest December night for the last 50 years.
We couldn't borrow some of that snow, could we? ;-)

Posted by: omni | Dec 21, 2006 2:44:39 PM

Awww.. Love the Clover photos! It's not easy being a dog..

...I've heard.

Posted by: Filip Salomonsson | Dec 21, 2006 2:55:51 PM

Go put on snow pants, a jacket, a hat, scarf and gloves and play in it!

(Or, if you can, go skiing!)

Here, in Montreal, *Canada*, we haven't a drop of snow on the ground.

I'm jealous.

Posted by: Skrud | Dec 21, 2006 3:10:34 PM

Oh Lord. Could we borrow some snow? Not a single flake here in Toronto (Canada). Oh how I envy you. Your dog is hilarious, great photo. Good reading as always! Ship some snow our way!

Posted by: Leila Boujnane | Dec 21, 2006 3:11:48 PM

We're on the warm side of this storm here in Chicago, so it's raining here. I just got home, and the TV weatherman said Boulder got 42" inches!

Kathy, I hope you have a lot of microwave popcorn :)

Posted by: Bill Mietelski | Dec 21, 2006 3:14:31 PM

Hey Kathy, here in the UK, we've just got fog... which was freezing fog, but is now just the wet kind that is hard to see through and grounds planes.

On the plus side, when it cleared during the day and the sun came out, everything seemed to be coated in sugar!

Posted by: Louise | Dec 21, 2006 3:23:53 PM

Jersey here - same as Philly above. I guess I should go get the snowblower out and prepped. It just kinda hard to do when it's in the 50's during the day.

Would love to see more pictures of the area. how are the horses holding up?

Posted by: Glenn | Dec 21, 2006 3:40:34 PM

It's in the 50's in Connecticut. It's my first winter without snow so far (we moved from Buffalo, NY where we usually had plenty of snow). One of my terrors...I mean terriers... loves to jump through the snow. She is a fairly small dog, so all her four legs get stuck once in a while and she can't move.

Posted by: Anastasia | Dec 21, 2006 4:07:26 PM

Sunburn in 10 minutes here in Auckland, New Zealand. Even the rain is warm. Sunset at 8:41pm. Work is just finished for the year for most people. (Another one suffering "snow storm envy".)

Posted by: David White | Dec 21, 2006 4:51:08 PM

Hey, Kathy, your car looks like the 3 dozen poor sods' cars still buried alongside the 36. That aside, it turned out to be a GORGEOUS day here (okay, once I shoveled 12 tons of snow to get out of my driveway).

My 4-month old lab is LOVING this. She disappears below the surface of the snow, then shoots out like a whale breeching. I think if she had her druthers, we'd have snow year-round.

I guess instead of watching paint peel, we can sit around and watch the snow melt . . .


Posted by: John Windsor | Dec 21, 2006 6:33:20 PM

Thanks for putting up those pictures. I've lived in Jakarta for half a year now, originating from The Netherlands. It is as if summer never stopped. I am going home soon, and this is one of the things I've been missing. Strange, isn't it - being in the part of the world that only knows dry and wet seasons, missing the chill.

Thanks :)

Posted by: Sam | Dec 21, 2006 9:17:06 PM

Thanks for putting up those pictures. I've lived in Jakarta for half a year now, originating from The Netherlands. It is as if summer never stopped. I am going home soon, and this is one of the things I've been missing. Strange, isn't it - being in the part of the world that only knows dry and wet seasons, missing the chill.

Thanks :)

Posted by: Sam | Dec 21, 2006 9:19:01 PM

Ahh...the fact that Kathy Sierra lives in Colorado warms my heart. Even though we're also buried in snow down here in the Springs.

See you on Copper...

Posted by: Dan Gross | Dec 21, 2006 11:27:42 PM

Wow, thats really awesome, i've never seen snow for real before. I live in Cape Town, South Africa and its hot beach weather here now, which is a real pity because i'm sitting in my cubicle plugging away at code.

Posted by: Andre | Dec 21, 2006 11:35:28 PM

Kathy, the weather report from Berlin, Germany: 6 degrees Celsius (about 43 Fahrenheit or 279 Kelvin), cloudy, no sign of snow, the warmest December since they began measuring those things...

Have a nice Christmas!


Posted by: Jens | Dec 22, 2006 12:42:24 AM

Hi Kathy,
I live in the Alps and I love snow, but there isn't snow here till now. Wonderful photos, you live in a really nice place. Snow is good to relax mind and think more clearly.
I am sure your next posts will be really interesting and mind opening as usual.
Happy Christmas

Posted by: Francesco | Dec 22, 2006 1:54:17 AM

Just once in my life, I would like to be well and truly snowed in for a couple of days. Obviously, I want that to happen when the fridge is stocked and the central heating working. I hail from Andre's base in Cape Town, so saw scant snow most of my life. I expected to see more in the UK, but in our neck of the woods there have only been two snow falls of any note in the past 8 years, and the deepest of those yielded just 2". We went over to Sweden (hej Johan) earlier this year for a family funeral, and experienced 30cm (12") of snow in a couple of hours. We came very close to being snowed in then, but in the end the airport was opened just long enough for our plane to leave (the only flight to leave Göteborg City that day). Rats!

Posted by: Karyn Romeis | Dec 22, 2006 2:54:57 AM

Greetings from Finland. We've had a pretty snowless winter so far (blame it on the greenhouse effect), but judging from the pictures, that's a good moderate amount of snow. I'd reckon that in our capital if we got that much snow in one night, it would take our snowplow armada maybe until 10AM to get all the minor roads cleared (major roads and airports are always kept clear, 24/7). So if someone wants to experience snow in a safe environment, I'd recommend Finland during February-March (north of Finland allows you to ski with basically bikinis on around May). It's always a bit amusing to hear how snow causes problems in Europe and the US. It's a bit expensive to build in Finland, yes, but all glasses are triple-glazed, there's central-heating in all major cities, all cars are required to use winter tires during the winter, and so on. We don't stop airports or schools or anything unless the temperature goes something below -40C, there's huge snowfall, strong winds, and Something Evil Walking the Earth. :-)

On a side note I'm wondering how these last two posts are about "Creating passionate users". I've myself tried to keep my blog "on topic", even though sometimes there's just weird stuff happening that I'd like to blog about. But if it's outside the theme of the blog, I don't. Or then I use another blog.

This just came into my mind as I read my daily RSS feed and found these two posts on snow in a rather.... incorrect category. It's my understanding that keeping blogs in focus helps keep readers coming back, because that focus is why they're reading the blog. Any thoughts?

Posted by: Tarmo Toikkanen | Dec 22, 2006 3:18:12 AM

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