My 3 boys and I

January 3, 2009

Ive Been Pondering

Filed under: Uncategorized — by my3boysandi @ 7:17 am

UPDATED!! Opps made a big mistake – typing and brain mishap:) Fixed now LOL

When I went to school we were told that America has its winter when we have how summer.  So we have opposite seasons.

Yet recently I have heard about a friend who celebrated her first white Christmas. I thought it snowed everywhere in America in winter time.  Another American friend of ours reported droughts????

Please explain.  Was I mislead at school?  Or has the weather changed that much in 30 years?  I feel silly asking and not knowing but the only dumb question is the question you dont ask 🙂




  1. Hi Jen,

    No, it doesn’t snow everywhere in America — mainly in the North and even then they don’t have snow all winter.

    I’m in South Carolina, in the Southern USA, and we only get snow maybe once, sometimes twice a year, usually in January, and not usually more than a couple of inches. Though one time we did have 12 inches! That was over 20 years ago.

    I was under the impression NZ and Australia has seasons opposite to ours. What season are you in now? We just started winter.

    thanks Barbara

    Comment by Barbara H. — January 3, 2009 @ 10:47 am |Reply

  2. BTW, it is neither a silly or a dumb question. 🙂

    Comment by Barbara H. — January 3, 2009 @ 10:48 am |Reply

  3. Nope, not a dumb question at all. I think you were mislead. It’s now Winter here, as of the Winter solstice on December 20. I live in the Mid South so we have anything from below 0 Fahrenheit temps with snow and ice to 80F temps, but those are extremes. Temps generally range from the 20’s F to 30’s F for our lows to 30’s F to 50’s F for our highs, but it can vary quite a bit.

    Our Northern states have longer, much colder winters with much more snow than we do here, and our Southern states are warmer and rarely have below freezing temps. Parts of our most Southerly states are subtropical and never drop below freezing, such as southern Florida and parts of California.

    In Summer we get extremely hot here. It’s not uncommon for it to get over 100F here in the daytime from June – September. Nightly lows average from 65F – 90F where I live. Across the country it can vary quite a bit.

    Hope this helps. If you have more questions, feel free to email me and I’ll do my best to help.



    thanks off to convert those temps 🙂

    Comment by Diane Jennings — January 3, 2009 @ 1:58 pm |Reply

  4. Not a dumb question at all, my friend. We usually see snow 1-3 times a year in Dec-Feb in Western Washington. Our foot+ of snow was highly unusual. Usually we have freezing rain or just lots of cold, but not freezing rain.

    I grew up in North Central Colorado, though, and though it snows a lot between Oct and April, there are many sunny days in between where the snow melts straight away. In January and Feb, sometimes the temps are really cold, letting the snow stay for a bit, but there are also those rogue spring-like days which melt everything away.


    thanks Gretchen

    Comment by Gretchen — January 3, 2009 @ 3:51 pm |Reply

  5. Checking in from Florida. Winters here aren’t all that cold and we don’t see snow at all in the part of the state I’m in. I think snow HAS fallen in the northern part but it isn’t a usual winter occurrence. Central Florida may get a few days or weeks each year of cold weather in the 40’s (rarely) to 50’s F – it doesn’t usually get below freezing but we will have a RARE freeze warning then folks run out to cover their tropical plants with sheets. When that happens it wreaks havoc on the orange groves too. The northern part of the state is a little colder and the southern part warmer. Florida is a long state, mileage wise, and is mostly sub-tropical. I grew up in Virginia where we did have snow in the winter, but not a lot where I was… I was in coastal Virginia and the Atlantic Ocean kept the climate more temperate.

    thanks Jen Im beginning to understand 🙂

    Comment by Jen — January 3, 2009 @ 5:35 pm |Reply

  6. Any country in the Northern Hemisphere is opposite in season to us Jen. How awful of school to mislead you like that!

    Comment by Hay — January 3, 2009 @ 7:49 pm |Reply

  7. Hi Jen,

    Your teacher definitely mislead you. Our seasons are the exact opposite. So your winter is our summer, your fall our spring, your summer is our winter, and your spring is our fall.

    The United States varies quite a bit in temperature and climate. In the southern states, snow is a rare occurence. The further north you go, the more snow you are likely to run into. The weather here in south west Virginia can be as low as below 0 Farhenheit (very rare though, and as high as 100 or so. Our best months here for snow are January and February. And August is very hot and humid.

    thanks Melissa 🙂

    Comment by Melissa Markham — January 4, 2009 @ 3:14 am |Reply

  8. Lol, sweet as, don’t be upset Jen, we all make mistakes when blogging. I think it’s like NZ, snow just comes to the colder bits.

    Comment by Hay — January 4, 2009 @ 8:16 am |Reply

  9. We live in the Midwest and have snow here all winter long. We set a record with over 40 inches of snow in December. Last winter we had over 100 inches of the white stuff. In the Southern states, it’s much warmer and they get less snow.

    thanks 🙂 America is so big isnt it

    Comment by Lisa — January 4, 2009 @ 8:21 am |Reply

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