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Big Snow – Little Snow

Sandi Duncan and I are able to reach the vast part of the US and Canada through various media. The Internet is growing in terms of how and what people get for news. But, Newspapers, TV and radio all contribute to our ability to talk about the Farmers’ Almanac. In fact, this morning, I did a one have hour call in show on WLOB (Portland, Maine) which was simulcast on FOX 23 Television. I had the best of all worlds. During the course of a year we do hundreds of interviews on our favorite subject.

The difference between Sandi and me is that she needs her 8 hours of beauty sleep. I on the other hand, get along just fine on 4 hours of rest on any given night. So, I get to do the late late and early early shows. One of my absolute favorites is CJAD Radio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The host, Peter Anthony Holder, is a first rate interviewer and has such a connection with his audience, they when I am on air, the phone lines light us. So, I was on live from 1:00am – 2:00am Wednesday morning. I was never asked about winter weather (Canadians know what to expect) but I did get a few calls that required research.

Jan called an asked about a weather saying which reads:

Little snow – Big snow

Big snow – Little snow

As with most sayings, the origins are unknown. But, this saying means that the smaller the snow (flake), the colder the conditions and the more powerful the system which leads to a large amount of snow accumulations. So small snowflakes = greater accumulations. Big snowflakes have lots of moisture and either melt on cling together upon contact and do not build up during the storm. So if you see big wet snowflakes there should be less snow accumulating from this storm.

I love challenging questions so keep them coming when I am on air or through the website.

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