A tradition on this blog is to remark on the first snow the winter season here in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Last year, the first visible flake happened on October 4th. In 2011, it was November 10th. The first significant snow accumulation was on November 21st in 2010 and on October 28th in 2008. It is fun to note that I got caught in the snow in Western Macedonia, Greece on the drive from Kastoria to Florina on September 11, 2007.
So in this spirit, I offer a somewhat uninspired photograph of the first consistently falling flake of snow this year:
The only time that I’ve ever turned an automobile around was near Metsova in the mountains of Greece. It was April 1996. The road was winding, as usual in that country; and it was raining. There was snow on the ground. It was cold and the road was certain to become ice slicked the higher up it went as It was almost night. There was nearly impenetrable fog. Worse, Greece prefers roadside shrines to guard rails and the roads tend to run along cliff sides. I postponed getting the famous yogurt of Milia till the next day.