I am wondering if there is a term for the 'first snow of autumn'. The word I am looking for could come from the semantic field of meteorology, or perhaps farming etc. I know of the terms 'killing frost' and 'cold snap' but these are not really right.

  • Primautumnix, derived from badly mangled Latin and not a real word. But I think it deserves to exist. Nov 15, 2014 at 11:14
  • Inuktitut language has a word for this: apigiannagaut *
    – ermanen
    Nov 15, 2014 at 17:24
  • That is so awesome. I thought the concept must exist in other languages at least...
    – Wapiti
    Nov 15, 2014 at 19:19

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The only term I've heard that relates is first frost. Farmers and folks with gardens use guides like this one from the Farmer's Almanac to plan ahead for all the bulb and perennial planting they need to do before the first frost.

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