Second Largest Snow Fall in the Recorded History of Wichita, Ks
Wednesday morning, February 20, 2013, in Wichita, KS, dawned cold and brisk but without a drop of the much-anticipated moisture that meteorologists all across Kansas and the surrounding areas had been warning about for days. Forecasts were calling for the Wichita area to accumulate anywhere from 4" - 8" by Thursday evening, along with possible sleet, ice, and blizzard conditions.
We had gone out the night before to pick up our prescriptions, some groceries, and ice melt - all the things we needed to be tucked in for a few days. Funny thing was, I meant to do prescriptions, ice melt, groceries...in that order. Instead, I went straight to groceries after prescriptions, and I only had three minutes to get the ice melt before the place closed. Thankfully, we made it inside even though we only had seconds to spare.
Preparing for the Snow Storm: Get the Big Bag!
As my son was carrying the small ten-pound bag of ice melt to the register, I was impressed to get the big fifty-pound bag. I argued for a second (in my head), "I don't need the big bag," I said. "I don't have that much area to spread it on," I reasoned. "Get the big bag," I argued back with myself. I hesitate as I watch my son approach the register and can see the clerk is clearly ready to ring us up and go home. It's a minute or so past closing already. "Get the big bag," I yelled inside my head. "FINE!" I say in my brain. Out loud I say, "Son, let's go ahead and get the big bag."
We finally get out to the parking lot and are ready to head home when an elderly couple in a nice pickup truck pulls up to the door of the store. I hesitate in the parking lot as I watch the gentleman get out and try to open the door to the store. Then, I see him looking like he would like to get someone's attention and beg them to let him in even though it is already a few minutes past closing. Remembering the little argument about the big bag of ice melt versus the little bag of ice melt conversation I just had inside my head, I decide to approach the man and ask him if he was trying to purchase ice melt...and what do you know? He was.
So, we find something (an Aldi's cold sack in the trunk of my car), and we pour a portion of my fifty-pound bag (that I absolutely did not need) into it, and I send them on their way. The gentleman was very thankful, and before he left, he told me that he was going to take it back to the apartment complex he lived in and "spread it around on the sidewalks and porches of the elderly couples who live there." I kinda giggled to myself as I realized that although I considered this gentleman elderly, he did not consider himself elderly at all!!
Snowing in Wichita, Kansas
Snow Day in Wichita, KS: February 21, 2013Click thumbnail to view full-size
Sun Comes out After the Snow Storm!
Friday morning, February 22, 2013, dawned crisp, cold, and clear as a bell. The pristine blue skies gave no indication of the fury that existed in them just a few hours prior; however, the ground was covered with a beautiful, white blanket that was approximately 1' deep and sparkled like glitter as the sun smiled down on Wichita, KS.
The storm that ravaged the town and had most Wichitans on lock down for the past two days was gone and folks were starting to get out and about and return to life as usual. I was no exception. I had an appointment with one of my doctors, and I was able to snap some pictures around the medical and office plaza while I was there.
Thankfully, somebody had already cleared the parking lot (I noticed that most parking lots in the areas of town I passed through had been plowed and looked pretty good) so there were no issues with parking or slipping and sliding while trying to park. Also, somebody had plowed the sidewalk, and I saw a couple of people out walking their dogs.
Digging Out the Day AfterClick thumbnail to view full-size
Second Largest in Wichita History
Evidently, the total snowfall for this storm was 14.2" - second largest snowstorm in Wichita's history. All I know is that is was beautiful coming down, and I still think it's beautiful now that it's on the ground. I am not really a huge fan of lots of snow, but this area is in desperate need of some moisture, and we haven't had any real snow to speak of for at least a couple of years.
It helped that we were able to have ample time to prepare for the storm. It was also comforting that the electricity stayed on - especially during the "thundersnow", which was a period of time during the storm when thunder and lightening accompanied the snow...definitely one of the stranger storms I have weathered through. I have experienced winter storms where the power has gone off and stayed of for several days, and that is definitely no fun at all!
Wichita hunkered down through this storm, but as soon as it passed, Wichitans all over the city began the work of cleaning up and digging out...first themselves, then their friends, family, and neighbors who needed help! And don't forget about the play day for the kids! The Wichita public school district made the very wise call to cancel school for both Thursday and Friday in order to give crews time to clear the roads and make the schools accessible. Nothing like an unexpected four-day weekend...let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!
What is the most snowfall you have ever experienced in a snow storm?
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