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First Snow of the Season

December 12, 2017
Ready at the Top of the Backyard Hill

Last Saturday, December 9th, 2017, we had our first snowfall of the season. I measured 4″ of snow in the backyard during the late afternoon. It was nice because the trees were pretty but the roads weren’t too bad. My girls enjoyed the day riding saucers down the back yard hill: Also since railroad photography…

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Total Solar Eclipse

August 26, 2017
Totality reveals the sun's corona.

This is a new section of the blog Beyond Virginia to showcase vacation pictures taken outside my home state of Virginia. Last week, we combined a visit with my in-laws in Tennessee with a day-trip to Madisonville, TN for the total eclipse. It was a hot day and we fought a lot of traffic to…

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2016-17 Snowfall Report

March 19, 2017
Cara made a snowman with the last of the snow on 3/18/2017.

Since I started keeping track of snowfall here in 2009-10, this was the least snowy winter I’ve measured. Nothing in December was followed by a series of small snowfalls in January and February. There was one promising snow storm in March, but even that underperformed versus forecasted totals. I doubt we’ll get any more snow…

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A Little More Snow

January 25, 2017
A Snowy Morning in the Blue Ridge Mountains

There was a period of snow this past Monday followed by a little more overnight to add up to another two inch snowfall this year. Here’s a shot Kristy took in the front yard. It was definitely an elevation-dependent event… the bottom of the mountain had no snow!

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Finally Some Snow

January 8, 2017
Norfolk Southern Train 211 Crosses the Blue Ridge at Linden Hill

Finally, we got a little bit of snow this season with 2 inches on Thursday night followed by 5/8ths of an inch on Saturday. Southeast Virginia got the larger totals with this one. Here are a couple of pictures from Friday: Also, if you are still looking for a 2017 Calendar, I’m selling a railroad…

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2015-16 Snow Report

April 24, 2016
Norfolk Southern Train 12R passes through the snow on January 26, 2016

This past season got off to a slow start with only a trace of snow in December. The first measurable snowfall did not occur until January 12th. The snowfall did pick up and we ended up with a good 43 inch total for the season here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Virginia. Here…

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