Feb 07 2010
This morning dawned clear and cold at 5oF. We’re back in the deep freeze, but this time with an official 21.1 inches of snow. This is the fourth largest snowfall since Pittsburgh began keeping records in 1884 and it sets the record for February.
After the snow stopped falling yesterday, the sun came out and the air felt almost balmy. Heavy snow began to fall off the trees, people came outdoors to dig out their cars and I took a walk to Schenley Park to see what was going on.
The snow was up to my knees. I had to walk in the road, but so did everyone else and there were very few cars. If I hadn’t been able to walk where it was plowed I’d never have made the 3.7 miles round trip.
When I got to Phipps Conservatory I found this sign. Yes, there are tropics inside their building but it was closed. All the action was on Flagstaff Hill, mobbed by thrill-seekers with snowboards, saucer-sleds and makeshift toboggans.
As promised I took a lot of pictures – though low quality on my cell phone. If you click on the Tropics picture you’ll see a slideshow from yesterday when it felt warm. (If you rest your mouse pointer on the slides, you’ll see their captions.)
The tropics are definitely wishful thinking today.
p.s. Here’s a map of the total snowfall. Notice how Pittsburgh, Westmoreland County and the mountains got the most snow!
(photos by Kate St. John)