It’s the first of December and luckily Skelleftehamn has been looking wintry for some days with temperatures below zero. The backyard is covered with round 30 cm of snow. Many of you however probably know that I’m a winter and especially a snow fan. So I’m longing for much more snow to come.
My personal record in Skelleftehamn is 108 cm in December 2011 which is a lot but far away from extreme.
Tromsø in Northern Norway uses to get at least one meter of snow each season. The record is 240 cm, though not in town. Would we have that much snow in Skelleftehamn I still could look out of my kitchen window but snow probably would be on eye level.
The Swedish record is 327 cm of snow, which covered the small village Kopparåsen in February 1926. That’s really a lot of snow and most of my house would be buried in the snow. At least I would find it and could dig a tunnel to the door to enter and leave my “cave”.
Norway however has areas with much more snow. Just two and a half years ago, round 15 meters of snow covered the glacier of Folgefonna in Jotunheimen. In June! (Here’s a Swedish article on the website Åka skidor. You can see, that the snow almost buried a whole cable car). In this case I would have to temporarily look for another place to live and probably my house would have been smashed into pieces by the pressure of the snow masses. In this case the dreaming of snow would turn into a nightmare.
(As always: click on the image to enlarge it.)
So, I’d like to have much more snow than now but not without limit. One or two meters would turn out just fine …