Although we seldom have the deep and persistent snowfields needed to support watermelon snow in the spring, I did note it a couple of springs ago in persistent snowdrifts in and near tree shelterbelts in the high plains of northwest Kansas. One must be cautious of red snow in this area, however, because we occasionally get fresh red snow due to soil from dust storms in the Permian “redbeds” in the southern plains.

Richard Bretz
Wallace, Kan.

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