- It began to snow at midnight last night and this morning the whole country was white -- all the ranges and the valley bed of the Mohave River. The temperature was low, down to 29 [symbol for degrees] at 6:00 this morning, and it continued bitter cold all day, the wind blowing from the east and carrying the biting snow almost horizontally. Pipes froze up and icicles appeared on the eaves of building, the corrugated iron roof of the engine house exhibiting a lively imitation of a giant's comb. Refrigerator cars on the freight trains showed a heavy brush of ice, like a stray giant's lock of hair, sticking from the
Dec. 29, 1915
waste pipes. The salt-bushes, Atriplex torreyi and A. confertifolia Wats. (Spiny Saltbush or Sheepfat), Arrow-weed and others formed miniature forests of fairy-like beauty. But it was noticeable that the abundant Creosote (Larrea mexicana) did not hold the snow.
The next day, Dec. 30, the world is a dazzling snow-field, a place of wonder to our unaccustomed eyes. The next day overcast heavily, cold and raw.
This snowstorm was preceded by a heavy wind and sand storm from the west, Dec. 27, continuing next day. The air was full of sand, making a dull dirty cloud in the sky. Against the