First of 2013: Snow on Nantucket

Snow on Nantucket

The photo above was taken by coleypenrose and posted to his Instagram account. I don't know the photographer, but his Instagram account includes many other great photos of Nantucket, in addition to his photo of the first snow on Nantucket of 2013.

"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?"

- J. B. Priestley

It snowed yesterday on Nantucket. This was the first snow on Nantucket, and for many places around the northeast, this season. It's certainly a bit earlier than many people would like, but there is something "magical" about snowfall, as mentioned in this quote from J.B. Priestly. The snow didn't come overnight, but this quote still seemed like a good fit for the occasion. Priestly, an English novelist, playwright and broadcaster who published 26 novels and many dramatic plays, captured part of what makes snowfall so magical to many with this quote, but there's certainly more to it than that.

Many island visitors may not know much about snow on Nantucket, since most only visit between April and October. It actually doesn't snow that much on Nantucket compared to most places in Massachusetts and New England. The Gulf Stream helps keep the temperature just a little warmer and makes for many more rainy days than snowy days. According to, Nantucket averages about 26" of snow each year, which is about half of the average for Massachusetts.

Their average of 26" actually seems a little high to me, but I wasn't able to find much other information. However, I was able to find some info about the chances of snow each month, which says there's only about a 3% chance of snow on Nantucket at this point of November.

Do you have any photos of the snow on Nantucket? We'd love to see them!

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