SNOW 20mins FROM THE VEGAS STRIP
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December 18th, 2008 – by: mellemel8
I AM IN A "SNOWMAN MAKING" MODE
Melissa messages me from FB that she has a SNOW DAY and she wants to drive up to red rock to play in the snow. I promised Tracy (TRE69) that I was going to make a snowman and send her a pic. I was sad when I woke up this morning and I was leaving to go to the gym. My snow is melting!!! I WAS SAD!!!! WAAAAAAH!!!!
I can’t get over snow. I love it. The forecast said it was going to be sunny but cold, about 30-40’s. I asked Melissa if she was serious about driving to red rock. She was all for it. I drove my car to red rock. Unfortunately, we were running late. We were running out of day light. We wanted to eat as well.
We were excited; we can see the snow from the 215. It was only 20mins from my house. it is on the same street as THE RED ROCK HOTEL. We took photos on the way there included the “red rock” sign. it was so beautiful. I have never seen red rock like this. It was such a different landscape and colors. It was a treat. I have an annual pass to red rock we just drove in. there was plenty of cars. However, I don’t know how many schools have had a snow day but, there were many cars and kids.
Melissa and I stopped at the first stop. We spent most of our time there. It is one of my favorite spots to hike and It has a wonderful view. Every time I visit the landscape always changes.
We built our dirty sided snowman. We were a couple who stopped us to give us pointers. We were not rolling correctly. I was being picky that the snow was dirty and I was getting annoyed that I wanted a white snow man. Melissa was covering it with snow while she was carrying another snowball like it’s her baby or a football. We were cracking up. I had to take a photo of her “baby”. OMG my stomach was hurting from laughing so much. Poor Melissa, her face was so red.
We put rocks as eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons. I broke branches from a very thorny brush for the arms. I added my beanie as a hat but I quickly took it away cuz my hair was out of control. I put another one instead. This is the tallest snowman I have ever built. I think for 2 California girls this was not bad.
We continued to drive the rest of the scenic route and took many photos on the route. We eventually just stay inside the car or until I saw a beautiful picture moment. WOW this is a rare occasion. I did not want to miss it. Unfortunately, I forgot my bear, BOBO. I might swing by tomorrow. I hope the snow will still be there. It has been very cold that the snow sticked better than my area. WHAT A WEEK!!!!!!
Statement as of 7:20 am PST on December 18, 2008
... Las Vegas hits the Jackpot for snow in December...
An all-time record snow for the month of December in Las Vegas was
set yesterday December 17th 2008.
at the National Weather Service office located about 2 miles
southwest of McCarran International Airport. This broke the record
for the most snow ever in the month of December in Las Vegas since
the start of official records in 1937 which was 2.0 inches on
December 15th 1967. This is now the 8th greatest snowstorm ever in
official Las Vegas weather records for any month. The 3.6 inches of
snow measured yesterday also set a new daily record for snow for
December 17th breaking the old record of a trace set in 1992.
Measurable snow has only fallen on 5 instances since 1937 in the
month of December in Las Vegas counting yesterday... 2.0 inches of
snow was measured on December 15th 1967... 0.4 inches of snow fell on
December 5th 1972.
1998 and more recently 1.3 inches of snow was recorded on December
30th 2003. Thus the 3.6 inches of snow that fell yesterday is the
most snow to ever fall on a calender day in December in Las Vegas.
The 3.6 inches of snow that fell at Las Vegas yesterday was the most
snow to fall in Las Vegas from a single storm since 7.8 inches of
snow from January 30th through February 2nd in 1979.
December 2008 will now rank as the 6th snowiest month ever in Las
Vegas since 1937. The snowiest month ever was way back in January
1949 when 16.7 inches fell. The last time this much snow fell in any
month in Las Vegas was in January 1979 when 9.9 inches fell.
Snowfall records in Las Vegas were recorded at McCarran
International Airport through January 31st 1996 and since February
1st 1996 have been kept at the NWS office on Dean Martin Road.
In addition... a daily liquid precipitation record was set at
McCarran International Airport yesterday with 0.73 inches of
precipitation recorded. This broke the old record of 0.44 inches for
December 17th set in 1940.
This additional preciptation brought the December monthly total up
to 1.02 inches of liquid. This makes for the 9th wettest December on
Also... the high temperature on December 17th only reached 39
degrees. This broke the previous low maximum temperature record of
43 degrees set in 1967.
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