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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Sun, Sand, Surf, and Snow

March 11th will be one for the history books in San Diego County. At 11:30 a.m. it hailed and hailed and hailed. This might not sound like an event to those of you who live in the Midwest or the East, but this is only the second time in 50 years that this has happened in sunny San Diego. I live on a hill two miles from the sandy beaches of Carlsbad, California, where the average temperature rarely dips below 60 degrees. A normal day, even in winter, averages between 70 to 80 degrees. Shorts and sandals are pretty much worn all year long. Our only concession to winter on an average day is a sweatshirt.

When Mother Nature got through with us, however, our neighborhood looked like a winter wonderland. Roof tops were covered with enough white stuff to make a convincing Christmas postcard. As I prepared to head off to the airport to pick up my college student, who was coming home for a dose of sunshine, I drove past streets lined with children holding dusty sleds hastily pulled from garages and posing for parents armed with video cameras. Neighbors stood on their front porches with cameras and shouted back at each other over the din of pelting ice.

It was a miraculous experience. For a brief moment in time, people paused to wonder at Mother Nature's gift and laugh with strangers. Girls in the gas station where I stopped for gas had a snowball fight. Everywhere, people scraped up precious handfuls of ice to save. Twenty-four hours later, there was still a patch of frozen hail in my yard to remind me it wasn't just a dream.



At 4:51 PM, Blogger bridget said...

Lorelle, this is amazing! I grew up in So Cal, but once I'd lived in Massachusetts for couple of years, the relentless pounding snow lost its magic:) I think you experienced it in the most perfect way; a passing fancy of Nature. Post pictures!

At 6:43 PM, Blogger Diane Perkins said...

I love these sudden moments when Mother Nature surprises us, like the day I witnessed a Thunder-Snow-storm. Or when the sky turned green because a twister was nearby. Or a double rainbow. I like it as long as no one gets hurt.

At 8:03 PM, Blogger Trish Milburn said...

How odd. I heard it snowed in San Francisco too. Hard to believe when we've already hit the 80s here.


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