Friday, December 24, 2010

Delightful Discoveries - Blizzard Blue 12.24.10

There's a unique shade of blue that ice and snow take on right after a blizzard. Known as blizzard blue, this icy blue has subtle aqua undertones and a frosty flavor that makes it perfect as a wintry accent color or to brighten up your winter wardrobe. I'd like to share some of the lovely blizzardy blues that I was fortunate enough to find on Etsy this week along with some facts about blizzards and snow!

The difference between a blizzard and a snowstorm is primarily the wind involved and the visibility. A snowstorm must have winds in excess of 35mph (56km/h), visibility of less than 1/4 mile and at least three hours before it can be called a blizzard.

White Winter Silver Blue Fleur de lis Feather Fascinator Headband from midnightboudoir

The snow capital of the United States is Stampede Pass in Washington State. Each year, the average snowfall is 430 inches.

Blizzard Lampworked Glass Bead Earrings from MercuryGlass

The word blizzard was first used in the United States during the 1870’s when a snowstorm in Iowa was described as a blizzard.

Delicate Winter Blue Joseph Magnin Pleated Party Dress from zwzzy

Blizzard conditions prevail in Antarctica nearly 65% of the year on average.

Vintage Plastic Dessert Drinking Cups with Tulip Base from rhan

The most snow to fall in any 24 hour period in the US is 75.8 inches (193 cm), well over six feet, that landed at Silver Lake, Colorado starting at 2:30pm on the afternoon of April 14th, 1921

Snowblind- Photo Locket Necklace from heartworksbylori

The 1972 Iran blizzard, which caused approximately 4000 deaths, was the deadliest in recorded history.

Snowy Porcelain Pottery Pendant from prettyinpotterytx

The average snowflake falls at a speed of 3.1 miles per hour.

Spring Blossom Humming Bird Pale Teal and White Cushion Cover from RaineStyleHome

The blizzard of March 12-15, 1993 has been called the “Storm of the Century”. This storm spread from Florida to Canada. The largest amount of snow from this storm, 56 inches (1.4 meters), fell in Tennessee.
Carved Brick Pot in Tahitian Blue from marymeestudio

Technically, it doesn't even have to be actively snowing during a blizzard. As long as the wind is whipping up already fallen snow to meet the requirements for wind and visibility for the three hour minimum, a blizzard can occur on a cloudless day!

Robin's Egg Blue Dahlia Table Art from RiverBird

People buy more cakes, cookies and candies than any other food when a blizzard is in the forecast.

Snowy Creek 11x14 Unframed Original Fine Art Photograph by Imagesbylynnann

Too far in the past for most of us to remember, the Great Blizzard of 1888 has earned a reputation for being one of the most notable blizzards in history. Impacting the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, more than 40-50 inches (or 102 -127 centimeters) of snow fell during the days between March 11th and March 14th. The accompanying winds caused snowdrifts up to 40 ft/12 meters high!

The Blizzard of 1978 which struck the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes between Jan 25-27, 1978, maintains a record for the lowest non-tropical barometric pressure reading ever recorded. It was 28.28 inches (958 millibars) in Cleveland, OH.

A lovely shade of blue and some remarkably charming specimens of handmade creativity and vintage allure!

My next actual feature will be of turquoise - and not only in jewelry and accessories, although I've found some amazing turquoise jewelry finds to share as well. I'll also have a special Christmas message for everyone at some point tomorrow, so be sure to stop back by at some point in this busy holiday weekend for my Christmas wish for everyone!

Until next time, may all be right in your world!


Leta Porter said...

You always find amazing things. Loved all the trivia as well! Merry Christmas~~

seaphemera said...

How can a simple post be so informative, interesting and have completely gorgeous pics! You've done it with this one - lovely - thanks!

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