Thursday, March 7, 2013
It was a snow-enforced holiday for Amber and me today, as the local school district and the federal government respectively closed down for what is being called Winter Storm Saturn. As it turned out, things weren't quite as bad as predicted - instead of the 6-12 inches (15-30 centimeters) the forecasters were talking about, the actual snowfall in our area was about 3-4 inches (8-10 centimeters). And while it did snow heavily throughout most of the day, the warmer-than-expected temperatures meant that much of the snow that landed on asphalt and pavement turned into slush or water almost immediately. Still, there was enough of the white stuff on the ground for the kids to go outside and have some fun, and to remind us that winter isn't quite done with us yet.
The view from our balcony today
Amber finally got to try out her new disc snow sled today
Instead of a snowman, Amber constructed a...well, my first thought was a snow stupa, but she called it her "snow tower". Later, however, for some reason it transformed into a "snow worm".
When I lived in Japan, I used to love visiting the local Buddhist temples when it was snowing. Here, I had to make do with the local cemetery.