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Sunday, December 19, 2010

SNOW!

Kitties!

You might think that since we live in the desert it's sunny and hot all the time.

But you would be wrong.
It gets quite cold in the winter, with some really blustery wind, too; sometimes 40-50 miles per hour!  Most days it's above freezing but the nights are a different story...we had to drain our hose line so it wouldn't burst.

Our desert, the Mohave, is very dry with only about four inches of rain a year, on average.  Rain means clouds so we have overcast days...in fact the past week has been gloomy with drizzle off and on all over the valley.  Las Vegas is a big bowl with mountains all aroud it, and we live just over the mountains on the southeast side.  We have our own little microclimate due to the constant breeze down the wash where our house is, and our proximity to Lake Mead.  We're always warmer than in the valley.  And sometimes we get WEIRD precipitation.

Like SNOW!

These pictures are from the "Blizzard" of 2008.  December 17th, in fact!  We had almost 6 inches of snow in an afternoon. 
Looking northwest towards the Strip, the Spring Mountains are covered with snow down to the valley!

Sweet Pea watching her first snow.

The back yard.

The front yard...

...and later!  The snow kept falling.

The palm trees were weighted down.

Mommy built a Snow Cat!

Looking out across the desert wash in front of our house, the morning after the snow.

It was all melted in a couple of days, and the moisture helped the desert bloom beautifully in the Spring.

So there you have it kitties, snow in the desert.


Happy Sunday!

XX  Lounge Kats

46 comments:

  1. We know what you say is true! Mom used to live in Goldfield, Nevada... for a Spring and part of a summer. It was always cold and windy there. She doesn't remember any hot days.... ever.

    That snow cat is real furry cute!

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  2. Hmmm, that snow cat kinda gives me nightmares.

    The Human remembers driving to work in San Francisco one day in 1976 ('77?) from where she used to live in Marin County, and it was actually snowing on the Golden Gate Bridge! That's the only snow she can remember in SF.

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  3. Mom remembers this day well! It was the OH CRAP post on our blog. It took Mom and Dad three hours to get home from Charleston and MLK! Pretty but scary for them!

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  4. Wow! I love the snow cat. Maybe there is still hope that I could see snow someday. It has snowed a couple of times in Los Angeles in the past hundred years... and we live in the NE part, not far from where it would likely hit first.

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  5. Excellent stuff. Next time we want pictures of you guys IN the snow. It's great fun. Just a bit tickly at times. And we can see your mom is obsessed with ears -that snow cat could hear a bear fart in finland it has such large lugholes

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  6. WOW!!! Yew Gots snow tew!! I think snow is pretty but oh so cold. Bbbrrrr!
    We don't weally have a wescue heres there is a place that takes homeless kitties but they make them go tew the bridge after so longs. Thats why human mom used tew bring some homeless kitties home n finds them a furever home but the man that owns our home tells her "no more animals". So she can'ts do it anymore.

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  7. We only got 3" a couple days ago. But last year we got eleventy-twelve inches and may get that much this year too. It was as high as our tails 3 times last year!

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  8. Well, I guess we won't be moving to where yoo live. We just wish ours would melt in a couple of days instead of just piling more on top! Good new tho, we hear it's suppose to get almost up to freezing by Friday, but that will also come with more snow. *sigh* Mom no longer gets acited and makes snowmen of anything...

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  9. Wow, I had no idea it snowed down there! I love that 6" is a blizzard - that's how it is up here in the northwest too. I'm from the northeast, so it all seems a bit silly, although I guess if you're not used to snow and don't have the equipment to deal with it properly, 6" is sort of a lot.

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  10. LOL! We like your Mommy's Snow Cat.

    It never snows here. We have never seen snow. So we have no opportunity to build a snow cat. :( Maybe we can persuade our Mummy to build a mud cat instead. :D

    Cosmo & Ling

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  11. Wow ! That's awesome...Ready for White Christmas ! and I love your mom snow cat : )

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  12. Wow! We have had snow in Melbourne twice that my mum can remember, but not in my lifetime.

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  13. Your snow is beautiful! We get little snows here (1-6 inches) and everbuddy goes into a panic. But we gets lotsa ice and that's No Good. We love the snow cat too!!! Momma's hoping for a White Christmas so she can build a snow mans.

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  14. The snow cat looks amazing!! :)
    I'd say, the view is breathtaking!!

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  15. We have lots of snow again! Mummy is not best pleased with it as everything comes to a standstill here. I asked mummy if we lived in a desert too, and she replied "if only".

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  16. Awwww Snowkitty is the best!! LOL!!

    Wow. Snow in the dessert! Can't really imagine it but there it is - snow in the dessert! How lovely! And look at Sweet Pea looking out all amazed!!

    Gorgeous pics!! Take care
    x

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  17. Great snow pictures! We got some snow yesterday too!

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  18. Wow, snow in the desert. We love your snow cat. That is really special. We don't get much snow here at all but unfortunately we do get ice storms. But the snow looks very pretty at your house. Good thing you kitties can stay inside and not freeze your cute little paws off outside. Have a wonderful Sunday.

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  19. Oh my goodness! I never knew it snowed in Las Vegas. It looks very pretty. We have never seen snow before. Stay warm, kitties!

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  20. Your yard is BEAUTIFUL! did sweet pea enjoy the first snow fall?

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  21. You has a bootiful yard. Those pictures are great. We never thought of it snowing where you live.

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  22. I love Snow Cat. That is only right that there is a tribute to us. The Baby..you are looking gorgeous!

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  23. OMC! How awesome. Thank yoo so much for sharing these snow pics ~ mom so enjoyed seeing them.

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  24. Wow! We didn't know you guys in the desert could get snow! Those palm trees with snow on them look weird! Kinda like a visual oxymoron!!

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  25. Nice photos! We have relatives in Reno and they love the lush green landscape here when they come east. We like your yard(s) and the Spring Mountains are beautiful. I've never seen them before!

    Hugs, guys,
    Tom

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  26. It looks strange to see palms with snow on. Sweet Pea looks very interested.

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  27. Your desert snow looks very beautiful! I especially like the snow cat your mum built :-)

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  28. It's odd mum always thought it was warm/hot where you are and didn't realise you could get snow too. We love your mom's snow cat - especially his ears.

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  29. All in all I'd trade a Minnesota winter for a Mohave desert winter any day of the year...

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  30. Snow is awesome, but that a surprise in the desert! We got almost a foot of snow at our house in 2008. It was a great year for snow. So far this year not a speck of snow...just soggy rain for us.

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  31. How very interesting. Those snowy scenes are great. I LOVE the snow cat!

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  32. Brrr! Looks way too cold! I like the snow cat!

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  33. Wow, I didn't know you had snow out there either, but the pictures are great! Hey, we have a Droid X and love it, we are using it to post this comment and you can do most anything on it¡

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  34. Great snow cat! Love the pictures of the dessert snow - makes a very beautiful scene. We'll get some once in a blue moon - it was maybe '06 or '08 when we last had any, though there are hills with peaks of ~3000 feet to the west of us where we see snow every year.

    Thanks for sharing!
    -Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, and Hollie

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  35. We love the Snow Cat! It looks very odd to see snow on palm trees though. Hope you all are staying warm!

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  36. You have snow in the desert?
    Snow on palm tree sounds really strange.
    I loved the snow photos, though. They are so beautiful and I love the snow cat!

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  37. I think I remember hearing about that when it happened.
    I never would have thought it COULD happen!
    Loved your Snowcat!

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  38. What a fantastic post. I've never seen snow in the desert. Great pictures....
    No Madi did not like the scones...she is still in trouble for licking the corn bread the other night.
    LOL
    Madi and Mom

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  39. We got snow on Thursday, but not enough in the metro area to make a snow cat!

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  40. WOW! Great pictures! Love the snowcat!

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  41. Haha ~ I love the snowcat!!! Very cute1
    xo Catherine

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