Montana Outdoors

December 26, 2009

Almost a white Christmas

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors — Tags: — montucky @ 9:56 pm

For the first time I can remember we didn’t have snow on the ground on Christmas. Here’s as close as we came:




  1. It still looks pretty wintery to me but I do remember, in my younger days back in the midwest, that it was slightly disappointing to not have a white Christmas. We would want a light coating, nothing too severe to be dangerous driving but it didn’t seem like Christmas without it. I got over that feeling 🙂


    Comment by Candace — December 26, 2009 @ 11:56 pm

    • When we moved to Arizona it took a long time to get used to the winters, especially during the holidays. We did go up on the rim quite often though and that helped.


      Comment by montucky — December 27, 2009 @ 12:31 am

  2. Plenty of snow in the Midwest this year, enough to make travel somewhat uncomfortable. Nothing quite like being 100 miles form home when the ice storm hits, hmm? All’s well that ended well, and we slid into our driveway, more than relieved.

    I could use a bit of that AZ sun right about now.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — December 27, 2009 @ 2:11 am

    • I’ve followed the reports of the storm in the Midwest. It briefly swept through here at the start, but was only very cold here, then picked up force and moisture as it headed east. Glad you made out OK!


      Comment by montucky — December 27, 2009 @ 10:03 am

  3. We had snow here, but overnight it started to rain so it is all disappearing quickly. Cold weather ahead will turn it all to a skating rink! More photo ops ahead for me? Hope so!


    Comment by Cedar — December 27, 2009 @ 8:31 am

    • I know you would be prepared for a storm as we were, but I feel badly for those in between who aren’t used to that kind of weather.


      Comment by montucky — December 27, 2009 @ 10:04 am

  4. I’m sore some of the folks in the Midwest and Northeast would have gladly donated some of their extra to Montana.


    Comment by knightofswords — December 27, 2009 @ 8:31 am

    • We would have welcomed it for the most part. Our snow pack in the mountains is pathetically low so far.


      Comment by montucky — December 27, 2009 @ 10:08 am

  5. Snow or no snow, that still looks very cold! Christmas Day was pouring rain here in Michigan. I was sure we were going to wake up to a skating rink in our front yard for our open house/Christmas party on Saturday. But thankfully the rain stopped and the puddles went away. And today we have a few inches of fluffy snow.


    Comment by kateri — December 27, 2009 @ 12:07 pm

    • Our weather has been cool (temps in the low 20’s) but not as cold as it was originally forecast. Your fluffy snow sounds wonderful though. I’m sure we will have some before winter is through.


      Comment by montucky — December 27, 2009 @ 11:09 pm

  6. Wow… we had more of a white Christmas than you did – in the form of a thick white, icy, slippery frost! It was beautiful!


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — December 27, 2009 @ 1:40 pm

    • I missed the snow, but I also am thankful for dry roads for the holiday travelers. There have not been any serious accidents in our area this whole season, and there will be more winter ahead. If nothing else, I’ll drive a few miles and perhaps be able to hike up into the snow.


      Comment by montucky — December 27, 2009 @ 11:13 pm

  7. The big storm missed you? Lucky you! We had snow for Christmas and then it rained and was all gone by yesterday. However, Mother Nature decided to replenish it this morning with a few fresh inches.

    I’m sure she’ll be doing the same for you soon! 🙂


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — December 28, 2009 @ 7:50 am

    • We had only very low temps which moved out before the moist air came in and all we had was a little freezing rain. It may turn out to be a very dry winter, which is not a good thing here.


      Comment by montucky — December 28, 2009 @ 10:17 am

  8. Gorgeous and broody.


    Comment by Anna Surface — December 28, 2009 @ 8:52 am

    • Looks like the very top has some pretty good snow depth. It won’t be easy, but I’m going to try to get up close to there this week. In summer I hike to the top, but the problem now is that the access road to the trail head is iced over. It would be beautiful in the snow up there.


      Comment by montucky — December 28, 2009 @ 10:20 am

  9. May your Christmas be filled with joy, and blessings of happiness.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — December 28, 2009 @ 4:32 pm

  10. I like that view much better than what I’m looking at out my front window! I have 12″ staring me in the face and I have a choice… shovel or make snow angels. I choose to make snow angels. : )


    Comment by kcjewel — December 28, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

    • I agree with your choice, Jewel! We could use the snow but I don’t relish the thought of shoveling too much of it. We had several inches a month ago and an old friend had an ancient snowblower stuck back in a shed. After only a little work I got it started up and it did quite a nice job on her driveway. At home I do make the angels and depend on four-wheel drive to get in and out.


      Comment by montucky — December 28, 2009 @ 9:14 pm

  11. A belated Merry Christmas. Somehow, I am sure the snows will come, Terry. I’ve enjoyed following tour exploits for the past year and look forward to the new year. Take care.


    Comment by edvatza — December 29, 2009 @ 5:36 am

    • Sooner or later the snow will come, although it now looks like I may have to drive up to it.


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2009 @ 9:25 am

  12. At least WordPress is adding a bit of snow to your photos! 🙂 Hope your holidays were happy, and your new year starts out white!


    Comment by Bo Mackison — December 29, 2009 @ 7:39 pm

    • Thanks Bo. Light snow is now forecast for the end of the year, but not enough to get excited about. It’s an El Nino year. A story in the news today said that our snowpack in this area is only 61% of what we normally have at this date. That’s a serious problem.


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2009 @ 9:31 am

  13. By the way, heading out your way this weekend. Just one state short of ya! I’ll way across the frozen plains to you. 🙂


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — December 30, 2009 @ 7:21 am

    • I hope you have a good trip, Scott! Stay safe! That’s cold country.


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2009 @ 9:32 am

  14. That’s as close as I care to be to a white Christmas after this year. Geez… no, really a white Christmas is nice. Majestic photo Montucky.


    Comment by Preston Surface — December 30, 2009 @ 8:19 pm

    • We just missed. This evening it’s snowing and everything has turned white.


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2009 @ 8:55 pm

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