Waiting For Snow

No, not around here in the Flatland, up on Snow Summit (8,200ft / 2.499 m) above Big Bear Lake.


It is pretty up there and really, really cold. Temperatures at night are already below freezing. By mid November the skiing season should begin.

Which means, of course, that I will stay away from there for the next 4 months or so. Maybe even a bit longer. Any place with 193 days below 32˚F / 0˚C per year tends to see me rather less often.

5 thoughts on “Waiting For Snow”

  1. Hmmph, if we were waiting for snow, we’d be so bored. It’s still in the 70s and 80s here. We haven’t turned on the heater so far. In fact, still have the fan on at night. That’s okay. I don’t particularly like cold weather.

  2. I seem to remember that according to weather data the last time they had snow in Los Angeles was 1933 or so (1/10 of an inch at the airport).

    So I am not worried about us here having to go shopping for skies any time soon.

    Interesting facts though: The highest mountain in the contiguous United States is in California (Mount Whitney -14,505 ft / 4.421m), conveniently located next door to Death Valley with the lowest elevation in the US (282 ft / 86 m below sea level) and the highest temperatures.

    The 7th highest mountain in the contiguous US (Mount San Gorgonio – 11,502 ft / 3.506 m)) is right here in SoCal, too, only a few miles away from Big Bear Lake / Snow Summit.

    I love the variety of Nature and geography around here – sea, mountains, desert, all within easy reach. It never gets boring.

  3. That’s one think I like about Texas, too. We have it all, beaches, mountains, desert, huge forests. Any kind of terrain a person wants to explore, it’s somewhere in the state. We only have a few mountains, though, out in west Texas, and they’re not big ones. We have the Chisos Mountains, and the Guadalupe Mountains, the Davis Mountains. Probably others I forgot. Here’s a link to a page listing the peaks in Texas.


  4. Thanks for the link. That’s one of the ways I learn about the US – talk to others in other states and gather information. I hate having to admit it, but somehow I did not quite picture mountains in Texas. I always imagined T. as a continuation of the Great Plains. And plains spell f-l-a-t for me. Now I know better. I also looked up El Capitan – quite impressive, I must say. What it might lack in sheer high, it certainly makes up for in looks.

  5. The north part of Texas and some of the area where we live is a continuation of the great plains. Far southwest Texas, at Big Bend is a continuation of the Chihuahuan Desert, which runs north from Mexico. The northeast part of the state is forested. The south is semi-tropical. It’s quite varied.

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