As we continue to get further and further into the year, the thought of that first flake of snow will certainly move further and further into the forefront of our minds.
I, for one, am a big fan of snow.
But this blog isn’t a look at my love for snow, but rather it is about a particular event that I’ll remember forever, and one that’s still talked about to this day.
This happened back when I was working in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Some snow was forecast to move through the area, and Cheyenne was poised to see some of that snow.
At one point on the night of the storm, a friend and co-worker of mine, Trevor, stopped by the weather center.
While I don’t remember the exact conversation, it went something like this:
Trevor: “So, we’re gonna see some snow tonight?”
Robert: “Yep, looks that way.”
Trevor: “What time do you think it’ll start?”
Robert: (looking at the radar and making my best guess on the movement and development of the snow) “I’d say 8:42″
Trevor: “Exactly at 8:42?”
Robert: “Yep. That’s what I think.”
Trevor: “Wow. OK then, I’ll be back in a while, and we’ll head outside to watch for the first flakes.”
Robert: “Sounds good.”
He went back to his work, and so did I.
I kept an eye on the radar, and wondered how well my prediction would pan out.
Before too long, it was time to head outside, so we donned our coats, and stood out under a light at the back of the station to keep an eye out for the first flakes.
At 8:40, still nothing, but it was certainly very cloudy out.
8:41 rolled around and still flake-free.
At about the time the clock hit 8:42, I was sweating my prediction a bit.
But 30 seconds later, there it was…a flake of snow…soon followed by more.
Trevor’s faced turned from the light and looked at me, with a bit of shock in the eyes, “How did you know that?”
“I just made a good guess,” I replied.
And it was a good guess, and we still talk about that from time to time to this day, recalling “that time when you predicted the first flake of snow to the minute.”
It has been, and likely always will be, one of my favorite moments of doing the weather.