Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Winter in Vegas

For those of you who think of Las Vegas as fun in the sun, let's talk winter. Las Vegas is surrounded by mountains. This morning all of those mountains were dressed in a bright, fresh coat of white. They were yesterday, too. When I went out to get in the car, I had to clean snow from my windshield. In the summer, when the temperature hits the hundred and teens, nary a wind blows. In the winter when the mountains are dressed in ice, the wind sweeps over them and down into the valley like a sharp-edged knife. Come to Vegas in the Winter time. Glance out the window. The sun will be shining brightly. It will look like a glorious day, but step outside and that 30* wind will cut a path right through you.


Blogger The amoeba said...

But it's a dry cold, right? And where's the minus sign on that number! You want cold. Up here we do ice sculptures. But you have to be careful you're carving the ice and not the sculptor.


Of course, this winter we've hardly had any of that yet. PC Dude's thinking we're back in California. Don't wake him up, yet, he's surly when he wakes up and finds out he's still in Maine.

12/20/2006 05:42:00 AM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

OC-- Dry? You call rain and snow DRY? Well, I suppose compared to being full of sea brine, it is dry.

And I know all about minus signs. I lived in Northern Montana where we all shed our coats when the weather went UP to 40*. This wind is still cold, and to have snow is outrageous!

12/20/2006 05:48:00 AM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Oh, btw, OC -- I've been by your blog this morning. Both the Dudes are awake, and in usual form.

12/20/2006 05:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess the snow is just perfect for the mayor; besides having a cold heart.

12/20/2006 05:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohhhh, brrrrrr! After aclimating to the warm weather there - that cold is too too much. Bundle up, and hopefully, it'll warm up soon.

12/20/2006 06:10:00 AM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Brian -- Vegas is a big city, but it is still run by folks with a "small town, western frontier" mentality.

Jackie -- I am wearing my house, so for the moment am quite warm. I just looked outside and my car appears to be decorated for Chritmas -- it is all crystal ice sequins on gold.

12/20/2006 06:15:00 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Um, well, we have been having floods. Massive floods. Floods anyone?

12/20/2006 06:28:00 AM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Jenn, I read about your trip to the bank -- sans the deposit check. You must like swimming.

12/20/2006 06:32:00 AM  
Blogger The amoeba said...

Desert flowers, Quilly. Look forward to them ...


12/20/2006 09:51:00 AM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

OC -- ?!

12/20/2006 10:44:00 AM  
Blogger Nikki Neurotic said...

I get enough winter weather in Jersey.

12/20/2006 11:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohio is traditionally a cold winter state, this year its felt more like Easter than Christmas. I can't live anywhere with fierce winds, thats the only thing that brings on migraines for me.

12/20/2006 12:29:00 PM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Silver -- I used my driver's license to scape frost off my windshiled this morning. In 10 years I've only had to do that one other winter.

Kat -- the winds bother my allergies and that gives me an occasional headache, but -- thank God -- I haven't had a true migraine in years. I'd like to leave it that way, I had more than my fair share as a teen.

12/20/2006 12:37:00 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

I remember helping deliver a baby lamb one night when the chill factor was 60 below- yes below. That's the coldest night I have ever known.

12/20/2006 02:28:00 PM  
Blogger Dr.John said...

Frost and cold beat snow and cold any time. I can handle the cold but the snow and ice scare me.

12/20/2006 04:40:00 PM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Cindy -- I experienced that in Montana. I am aware that I am really not cold.

Dr. John -- yeah, that slipping and sliding gets to me, too.

12/20/2006 05:05:00 PM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

Sounds a lot like Wisconsin but without the mountains.

12/20/2006 07:09:00 PM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Lori -- I only know Wisconson in the fall. It was yellow and orange lovely.

12/20/2006 08:13:00 PM  
Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...


Our temperatures in Calgary are warmer than Vegas now. We were above freezing yesterday, it felt like a Spring day.

If you want I can mail you a scraper for the frost on your windshield, it will save your license


12/20/2006 09:36:00 PM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Bill, thanks. I'll use the plastic pancake spatula.

12/20/2006 09:39:00 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

That'd be a pretty good moneymaker, Quilly... Maybe those of is in colder climates should all send you a bunch of ice scrapers. They're probably not easy to find in Vegas - maybe we could make some money! lol

12/21/2006 12:39:00 AM  
Blogger DaBich said...

I HATE snow and I HATE winter. Is 30 degrees your average coldest temp???
We get in the teens here in the mountains in PA. YUCK!
Bring on summer!

12/21/2006 02:46:00 AM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Rob -- if you think I'm going to stand on a street cornwer selling them, you'd best think again!

Dabich -- I am not overly fond of being cold myself. Around 30* is our average low, yes, and -- as has been pointed out to me by a couple of folks who claim to love me -- I'm whining and I'm not really "hurt". But trust me, when you're used to hundred-and-teens, 30* is plenty cold.

12/21/2006 05:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a place. Phew!

12/21/2006 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Charlie -- two season -- hot and cold.

12/21/2006 10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was there this past July. The dashboard thermometer hit 118. One hundred and eighteen degrees. That's just plain awe-inspiring.

12/21/2006 10:06:00 PM  

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