Exquisitely Rare! White Snow and Green Leafy Trees

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Around 9:30 p.m. on November 16th, something rare happened in Dallas: Snow.

The heaviest part lasted around 10 minutes, with flakes falling/blowing in the wind for another half hour or so.

This is the earliest snow I’ve seen since living in New England decades ago, and just about unheard of here in North Texas, where the normal average high is around 67 degrees at this time.

I stepped outside during what turned out to be the last few moments of the heavier burst.

Awe mixed with near-disbelief filled my heart, as I greeted the sailing flakes, and felt their fleeting touch on my face and neck.

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One big hope of mine was to see snow actually laying in the green leafed trees. Already enough snow covered our picnic table and neighborhood cars/walls to create small snowballs.  Snowflakes also spotted thick green deciduous leaves as well.

Enough snow covered grass to begin turning lawns white.  Meanwhile, as snow tapered, beautiful “diamond dust” glitter twirled in street lights.

Before long, it stopped.  By dawn of Monday morning, through a combination of melting and sublimation, very little remained covering lawns, and none remained whatsoever on trees.  However, roofs and car tops still had a blatant coating, and here was where my fun came in.

Sneaking out earlier than usual before work, I grabbed the photos seen here, and savored a piece of rare weather history.

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Savoring Autumn Beauty-at Home!

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One week after we return from our Arkansas/Oklahoma fall color hunt, the spirit of autumn beauty descends into our own neighborhood, thanks to several nights near and below freezing. The dark reds and oranges are very rare here in the Dallas area.   These woods are located within a couple blocks of the house, and provided me much joyful gawking.

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Vibrant golds ring out as well. These photos were taken in 38 degree weather during the  second week in November.  These temperatures are more normal for Christmas vacation time in the Ohio Valley, far to our north. The normal average high for the Dallas area during this week is around 68 degrees.

Successful Fall Colors Intercept 11-8-14

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For the past 18 years, I have hungered to see fall colors in the wilds; their natural habitats, rather than simply in planted trees as it is here in the Dallas area.

So over the past weekend, my wife and I embarked on a Fall Color Chase expedition.

The strategies are both similar to and opposite from regular storm chasing.  Similar because it truly involves estimating the best position in a region to intercept the best peak colors for that date.

Opposite, because of course, regular storm chasing entails getting out of the trees and hills to view our vast open sky.  Peak leaf chasing entails going into the hills and woods to see the colors.

After contacting both Southern Oklahoma and Fayetteville AR Chambers of Commerce, I estimated the area just NW of Mena, AR to have the best possibility.

So, on Saturday, we spent most of the day savoring a most sacred beauty. Following are more catches:

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Making love with fiery maple leaves – near Mena AR

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Merging Colors – Queen Wilhelmina State Park, AR

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Queen Wilhelmina State Park, AR

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Along the Talimena National Parkway, OK

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Talimena National Park, OK

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Amazing Array of Color, Along Talimena National Byway, OK

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What a joy it was to see this amazing splashing of colors in the wilds. Captured along the Queen Wilhelmina Park Road, AR

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Trees look frosted with gold, as Oaks turn color. View looks back on the road we took to get to this point as it cuts across the mountain. Filmed in Talimena National Byway, OK.

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In this breath taking view, various fall colors pepper the mountain side. Photo taken on Talimena National Byway, OK

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