Et Tu, Brute?Westward Ho, Days 18-20: Bozeman, MT
Even though we had our doubts since the Atlanta-based Weather Channel was involved, winter storm Brutus did arrive in Montana as predicted, dumping plenty of snow on Bozeman and much of the remainder of the state. How much snow fell? As it turns out, that is apparently not a simple question.
|Friday morning view|
It seems that snowfall is not a statistic that's easy to track down. What the weather folks will tell you is that .71 inches of precipitation were recorded. Uh, no. That is not less than an inch of snow. So what do they do? Gather up a square inch of snow and melt it in a test tube to determine the amount?
Hailing from Atlanta, where four inches of snow paralyzed the city for a week in 1982, we were sort of amazed to observe that life here in Montana went right on after 8" of snow fell Thursday night (one estimate we heard in a local newspaper).
|No, school was not cancelled.|
|Of course, Walmart was open and selling snow shovels and brushes.|
|Local landscaper at work|
On Saturday morning, we woke up to an additional who knows how many inches of snow. Five or six maybe based on what accumulated in the parking lot of our hotel after it had been cleared some on Friday. There wasn't much appreciable difference in the view from our window this morning except that the vehicles and driving areas that had been cleared on Friday were snow-covered again.
|Saturday morning view|
When we ventured out for lunch and a little letterboxing, the snow that was falling was crystal fine. It looked as if you were inside a snow globe. The fine snow blowing in your face had a very chilling effect.
After lunch we visited a couple of Bozeman cemeteries to search for letterboxes. The snow cover turned Sunset Hills Cemetery into a stunning winter wonderland. Many of the roads within the cemetery are lined with evergreens, which today evoked a feeling of visiting a magical storybook wonderland.
|Sunset Hills Cemetery|
- Nights we spent in Bozeman: 4
- Snowfall: 12-ish inches?
- Temperature range: -5° to 39°
- Weather-related school closings: 0
- Government offices closed: 0
- Businesses closed: 0
- Sledders in the local park: 38
- People on cross country skis on city streets: 6
More Photos from Brutus in Bozeman
|Green light to life as usual|
|Found the letterbox!|
|So glad we brought our overshoes|
|Brrrr. Glad to be indoors.|