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December 31, 2008

Happy New Year 2009

I will seek elegance rather than luxury, refinement rather than fashion. I will seek to be worthy more than respectable, wealthy and not rich. I will study hard, think quietly, talk gently, and act frankly. I will listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with an open heart. I will bear all things cheerfully, do all things bravely await occasions and hurry never. In a word I will let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common.
William Ellery Channing





In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, never in want. Irish toast

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown. And he replied: Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way.
Minnie L. Haskins

'Go mbeire muid beo ar an am seo arĂ­s.' May we be alive at this time next year.

'Athbhliain faoi mhaise duit!' A prosperous New Year!

December 22, 2008

Western Washington Severe Weather December 2008 Day11 5:30pm


Pine Tree Casualty


The leaning pine tree, which forked about 10 feet up, lost one of it's forks today. It dropped across the front of the house, just missing the edge of the roof. It landed where I used to park the car, I'm glad I started pulling forward a few months ago. Also, much to my chagrin, the power line I had been protecting on an hourly basis with those whackings didn't survive the fall but it turns out it wasn't the power line after all. It was the phone line. I was initially relieved, but after some thought, had I known that I would have been even more vigilant. After all, I have that shiny new kerosene heater and it has a flat top surface I could have warmed a pan of soup over. And enough safe candles to light the neighborhood. But being stuck here since the snow began to fall, and with the forecast calling for freezing tonight and more snow tomorrow and the next few days, I wouldn't have made it without my internet connection!


A huge kudos to the Qwest crew that came out to hook me back up. They left the truck at the top of the road and chose to walk down my road to survey the damage, concerned they wouldn't be able get the truck down. Their initial plan was to cut up the tree with a chainsaw, after seeing the line running under the fallen pine. But a little further investigation found the wire snapped just on the other side, so he simply pulled it through and decided to run another line further from the tree line. They completed their work in just about an hour, GREAT!


Oh, and last night in the update to the final blogpost I said it had finally stopped snowing, well that only lasted about 15 minutes. And I know because another, smaller piece of the pine tree fell and it was snowing again when I went out to check the damage.


First Fir Casualty


First Pine Casualty


video Second Pine Casualty


Comic Relief


video In Action


Beautiful Chaos (click to enlarge any of these, but especially this one)

December 21, 2008

Western Washington Severe Weather December 2008 Day10 6:00pm

28 Straight Hours of Snow in South Kitsap

Update: 32 solid hours of snow. It finally stopped a little before 10:00pm. I hoped, but I was too tired to even get up and check. I headed over to KIRO to check their radar... the blue cloud indicating snow had finally passed from over my town... dare I believe? Still, so . tired . ...
Then, the power flickered! NO! Wouldn't you know, the moment you slack off on the branch whacking... So I booted and scarfed up and opened the door. Drip...Drip... but no snow! Oh, and did I mention, I lost another branch. This time the Pine gave it up. And again, this was also above the power lines and I have no idea how those two giant (15+ft) branches could have missed them but I am grateful. 34 degrees now per the window, 30 MSN, at 10:34pm. As I was whacking branches I noticed the wind had picked up. Just before the sun went down I heard another large branch go down next door, where they had gone to all that trouble to cut down the trees holding up the hillside. Ooops. Heavy melting heaps of snow at the ends of branches, freezing temperatures and an increasing wind... oh boy.

The temperature held between 33 and 35 degrees today, the cycle of small then large flakes mentioned in the previous post also held for the day. I spent the day bashing those overhanging limbs. Miraculously, I haven't had a bad signal issue from the satellite dish until about an hour ago. I resigned myself to the fact that I would have to grab the broom and step ladder and head out to clear it off, but I couldn't bring myself to do it right away so I hunkered down to watch the latest new episode of Survivor Man. (So sad to hear it would be his last episode!) By the time that was over, my signal had cleared! YEAH!


The weather is on right now, and while the temperatures are set to remain near or above freezing, it's still snowing and is scheduled to continue to do so. I'm beginning to worry about the roof.

Here are the day's images:



4:00pm


That's Better!


Ahhhh....



Branch - No Whack



Branch: Whacked!

Western Washington Severe Weather December 2008 Day10 12:00pm

It was 33 degrees and the tiny flakes were still falling this morning at 7:30am. A little had accumulated since I'd stopped watching just after midnight. I checked the threatening branches right away, and they hadn't drooped too much since the last whacking. As the morning has progressed however the flakes have gotten progressively larger and are now just less than dime size and falling fairly heavily. I haven't seen a wisp of wind in days.


The temperature began to rise last night, and I noticed (heard) melt water trickling off of the roof. Even during the last outing at midnight last night I could tell that the nature of the snow was changing. It was getting heavier. This morning the predicted 'crust' had formed more solidly and the drips from the roof are becoming steadier.

I just stepped out to take a few photos and vids, was back in getting ready to post them here when I heard the sound I was dreading! Pop! Crraaack!! Smash! One of the branches snapped and landed in the drive. It was over a power line, but didn't snap that! It also landed on OUR side of the property, (no neighbor damage) and behind the cars (no personal damage). Poor tree.

So now I have to go whack branches again. The blog post time will be a little wonky for this post.

Ok, 12:54pm and the tiny flakes are back. I searched and searched the trunk of the big fir that dropped the branch, but I can't see where it came from. Here are the final photos from last night, some fresh ones from this morning too.


11:38pm







video11:30am

December Casualty

The above photo would lead you to think it simply limped to the ground, still attached to the tree trunk. But appearances can be deceiving.


As of this moment, 1:44pm the window thermometer tells me it is 33 degrees (back down to this mornings temp from a high about an hour ago of 34!) MSN tells me it's 28. The flakes are still falling steadily, but are a touch smaller now. Not as small as last night however. This is the fourth switch between small and larger flakes this morning.

December Chaos

December Nemesis


December Nectar

December 20, 2008

Western Washington Severe Weather December 2008 Day9 10:00pm

Tiny Snow Flakes Now Mixed with Tiny Ice Rain

12:00pm update:
because I'm too tired to create a whole new post. just back in from whacking branches. the tiny ice spheres are still falling, but the larger flakes have returned. I took the dog out this time, the snow is nearly to the top of my rubber boots and the dog is plowing through with her chest. I haven't seen snow like this since the last time I went up to the pass to sled. That's not what it reminded me of though, I remembered the knee and thigh deep snow when I was a kid on the east coast. It's absolutely silent outside, my world is one giant sound baffle.


I've been going out each hour to knock snow off branches that overhang the power line to the house, this time the teeny flakes have returned, and are mixed with teeny frozen spheres. The effect is like diamonds and glitter falling from heaven. It's beautiful, but if it keeps up I'm afraid I won't be able to keep up with weight on the branches. The window thermometer says 28 degrees, MSN sidebar finds 23 right now, 10:37pm.

Here is how the snowfall stacks up since 2pm when it began to fall.



2pm


6pm


8pm




9pm




10pm



The radar looks as if things might begin to let up soon, let's hope so eh?


Western Washington Severe Weather December 2008 Day9 6:29pm

Still Snowing Steadily in South Kitsap.



Nearly 2 inches has accumulated so far since about 2pm when the snow began to fall, several hours ahead of schedule. I'll place the 2pm tuna tin photo with the 6pm photo, keep in mind that 6-24 inch prediction wasn't supposed to start until now...






I had to make a quick call to the traveling friend when the weather warnings were interrupted by breaking news that there had been a Boeing 737 crash in Denver Colorado. Thankfully (sort of) he's grounded in New Hampshire due to closed airports in so many places.
I took a few moments to set up the new kerosene heater, finding a proper place in my oddly configured location. Near a window, out of the way, not near the furnace, not too near me (it's a 23000 btu, good for 1000sf and I have 800) etc. I'm holding off fueling it though, the smell is a bit annoying.

Western Washington Severe Weather December 2008 Day9 3:15pm

Round 3 - Snow falling again in South Kitsap.



1:55pm and teensy snow flakes are falling steadily. The morning began with friends and family calling to offer rides to the store or to stay over during the next stage of the December storm. There are currently 2 blizzard warnings in effect in Washington, surely a first in my time in the state. I opted for the ride into town to pick up milk and cream. They are predicting snowfall in my area to be between 3 and 24 inches! If more than about 5 inches falls on the already frozen brittle branches, I fear the power will go out leaving me without heat. I decided it was about time I remedied that, so tried to stop by the local farm/hardware store (I like to shop local when I can). Their tiny parking lot was complete chaos, lines coming and going, cars competing for spots to park that didn't exist. We drove in and out, deciding to skip that particular chaos for one that had at least more parking. A quick call ahead to verify they had a kerosene heater was a good decision, they put the last one on hold for me until I could get there. The local Ace hardware was very busy also, but so much more orderly. The employees were happy and plentiful and helpful! Heater, funnel, kerosene, batteries and still I was out the door in less than 20 minutes. Fabulous!











It's 3:15pm now, the tiny flakes have gotten a little bigger and are still falling steadily. I can no longer fully trust the MSN sidebar temperature, as it gave me a huge scare last night when it reported that it was 12 degrees! My window thermometer read 23, and a friend called and verified a similar temp. The window thermometer had been pretty consistently within 3 or 4 degrees of the MSN sidebar reading. The window reading is now 26, the MSN reading is 21.










Looks like I missed the boat with the friend that offered to have me weather the storm over there. They stocked up on yummy chicken Gorgonzola salad, home made pizza with ice cream for desert along with several varieties of heart 'warming' beverage choices for the adults. A slew of movies to watch and stack of celebrity gossip mags. BOOO!!!!



This is what the winter storm warning says:

Seattle/Bremerton Area
Winter Storm Warning:

Issued at: 12:07 PM PST 12/20/08, expires at: 5:00 PM PST 12/20/08
Winter storm warning remains in effect from 4 pm this afternoon to 10 am pst Sunday, A winter storm warning remains in effect from 4 pm this afternoon to 10 am pst Sunday. A major winter storm is on tap for later today into Sunday. Heavy snow is expected to develop along the coast and then spread into the interior of western Washington early this evening. Heaviest snow will occur on the kitsap peninsula, along hood canal, and from olympia and chehalis west to the central coast near ocean shores. 10 to 18 inches of snow is expected close to the hood canal. Other locations within this area should get 5 to 12 inches of snow.


The heaviest snowfall is expected between 7 pm tonight and 4 am Sunday morning. Late tonight into Sunday morning, freezing rain is possible in grays harbor county and the lower chehalis valley. If more precipitation occurs in the form of freezing rain than snow, then an ice storm would be possible with ice accumulations in excess of one quarter of an inch. This is not a certainty but should be kept in mind. Ice storms are capable of causing power lines and large tree branches to snap and cause major travel disruptions. Precautionary/preparedness actions, A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet, and ice are expected or occurring. Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

I expect this to be updated soon, as it is snowing now, and has been since around 2pm.

December 19, 2008

Western Washington Severe Weather December 2008 Day8 2:15pm

Frozen Sunshine


The skies cleared and the sun had a play day today. At about 9:30am the temperature was 28 degrees and the air was literally crystal clear. It sought out and found every single crystal of ice to play off of. I tried to capture some inside the camera. (click on them to view the full size image)

















It's 25 degrees now, 2:34pm. The skies are gray but still bright and the wind has picked up to slight from nil.

December 18, 2008

Western Washington Severe Weather December 2008 Day7 4:15pm

Cold Weather Brittle Nail Alert!!

Trim yours up if they are a little long, and take care! The cold weather renders your nails very brittle and prone to breaking, quite painful in the cold weather. Mine, seen below, cracked near the middle, but didn't quite break. (I apologize for the disorganized post, but blogger seems to be having some trouble today, maybe too many people home blogging about the weather. I cannot move the images once they are downloaded into the post, and they are auto placed at the top.)





The snow seems to be at about 7 or 8 inches as of now, 4:36pm. The tuna tin snow gauge says we have some snow. That's it there, at the edge of the table... can you see it? While I was taking this picture out the back window, I heard a scratching sound. Oh No! I thought, mice are coming in! I moved closer to the sound, coming from the other window in the room, and then I saw something flit near the top of the window on the outside. I crept up and leaned in to get a view, and saw a long, thin, tiny beak! Those tiny birds that had been scurrying around the patio foundation were now clinging to the siding at the edge of the window. I watched for a while, and soon it flew over to nearby branch. I watched it either eat whatever it had found in the crevices around my window jam, or remove the spidery cobwebs from it's beak from the same. Nice added bonus! As a side note, I see fewer and fewer of these little birdies on the bark of my fir trees these days, and I notice more and more insect damage and evidence of the failing health of my trees along the same timeline....












I mentioned in a previous posting that I had brushed the snow off the car, only for it to pile back up again within 15 minutes. I've just come back in from doing the same again, and also the branches overhanging the power lines to the house.






Snow hasn't fallen since my last posting, contrary to the radar images during that time frame. That red dot is my approximate location for most of the storm so far. This image shows the snow should be falling and about to come to an end in 15 minutes or so.


Western Washington Severe Weather December 2008 Day7 11:15am

Still snowing steady here in south Kitsap county at 11:15am. We're at about 5 inches here now, just up the hill from the sound. I ventured out to sweep off the car, and knock snow off branches that are overhanging the power lines. Still sweet powdery snow, not what we're used to here at all. Below are some photos and video I shot, it was tough going keeping the camera relatively dry, and in fact it is now sitting out near a heat vent to dry.



video


It's 12:27pm and the temperature has dropped to 25 degrees from 29 at 11:30am and 33 at 9:30am. The forecast is for highs in the upper 20's for the rest of the week, so it looks like I will be stuck here for a while. The snow has piled up to about 7 inches at this point. I brushed about 5 inches off of the car windows and trunk at 11:00am, hoping to make it easier to remove than leaving it through the freeze. But about 15 minutes later it was covered again.



video

The snow eased up at about 12:15pm, and has now stopped at 12:39pm to allow the sun to peek through. But only 2 minutes later the brightness is fading.

These videos are taking MUCH longer to upload that I thought they would, so that will be the last of them for now. I'll still to still shots for keep up with the changing conditions since this blog post began at just after 11:00am.

12:52pm and the last video is finished. The snow has stopped and the brightness has returned to the sky, meaning it's going to get really cold really fast. The TV is showing road after road blocked by accidents or closed by transportation workers. Highway 16 is a skating rink, and the Seattle Metro buses are having more problems than successes.

KIRO is forecasting snow late Saturday, continuing Sunday accompanied by strong winds from the east.

Western Washington Severe Weather December 2008 Day7 8:45am

Winter Wonderland - Traffic Snafu - My dog was a sled dog in a previous life


It's 29 degrees at 8:45am here in south Kitsap county, and the snow is falling. Small flakes mixed with larger, dimeish sized flakes. I woke at 8am, after peeking out of sleepy eyes a few times prior to actually deciding to lift my head off the pillow. The tree branches, with their slight dusting tricked me into thinking the few flakes that fell before closed the curtains last night was just barely improved upon overnight. What I woke to was a filled to overflowing tuna tin snow gauge and a fine dust-snow still falling in little to no breeze.




Note the tin filled this time, unlike a few nights ago when snow fell all around it but didn't accumulate inside the tin.


All local weather stations are reporting nightmarish traffic conditions. County transportation officials came on via phone and advised people to stay home and wait for conditions to ease or at least give time for the crews to clear the roadways.






Watching KIRO, a review of the DOT cameras found a man walking along side I5 as the reporter was warning people to stay in their cars as they are designed to protect you. The traffic on his side of the 6 lane highway had been halted about 200 yards behind him but as we were watching it cleared and headed towards him with a city bus in the lead. We were all shocked and a little worried as the bus and trailing line of traffic approached him. To everyones surprise, least of all the traffic reporters, the bus stopped alongside the pedestrian and encouraged him to hop on! The news room cheered along with me! YEAH Seattle Metro!

You can watch live by clicking this link: http://www.kirotv.com/video/17955723/index.html


My dog, as I previously blogged, is not much of a foul weather pet. She doesn't like to get her feet wet. She has seen and been in snow before this storm, an didn't make much of it aside from seeming a little annoyed about her feet being wet. But THIS snow, she is so curious about it. She doesn't normally go outside alone, much less go out and just hang out alone but that is what she has been doing since day1. She has been standing and smelling the wind for minutes, or a particular pile of snow.... pushing aside the pile with a paw and sniffing some more. A few minutes ago I looked out to see her just standing by the door looking out across the yard, as if she were enjoying the scenery.


I finally convinced her to come back inside as she began gathering snow on her coat. A narrow snowless area remains just under the eaves, as this picture shows, and this is where tiny birds have been routing around and flipping freeze dried leaves looking for bugcicles I presume. I tossed out some wild bird seed in case I'm wrong.
The temperature has dropped 6 degrees since about 5:30am, and the TV weather is reporting the snow showers will be slowing however it has only picked up here since 8:00am and is still steadily snowing now here on the hill near downtown Port Orchard.

December 17, 2008

Western Washington Severe Weather December 2008 Day6 10:00am

Winter Weather Warning from the National Weather Service:


OVER THE PUGET SOUND REGION...SNOWFALL WAS OCCURRING THIS MORNING FROM TACOMA SOUTH. THESE AREAS COULD RECEIVE UP TO 2 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH SUNSET...THOUGH A MIXING OF SNOW WITH RAIN THIS AFTERNOON WILL LIMIT SNOWFALL AMOUNTS BELOW 500 FEET. THE I- 5 CORRIDOR THROUGH KING COUNTY...THE KITSAP PENINSULA...AND HOOD CANAL WILL GET LITTLE IF ANY SNOW DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS. AFTER SUSNET...A CHANGEOVER BACK TO ALL SNOW IS EXPECTED DURING THE EVENING WITH A HEAVY BAND OF SNOW GRADUALLY MOVING DOWN FROM THE NORTH TONIGHT. 1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW ARE POSSIBLE FOR ALL ELEVATIONS TONIGHT.



In a strange for us weather twist, the cold weather has remained since the last snowfall. Yesterday, with the sun shining brightly there was finally a hint of melt off. Thankfully not much, and the roads didn't have chance to wet and then freeze again overnight.

A flake or two drooped this morning at about 9:45am, by 9:55am the scene outside the window was a snow globe. Medium sized, lacy edged flakes that ordinarily would flop to the ground and disintegrate, adding their recently frozen water to the rest. But with temperatures at or just
below freezing, the flakes whirred and danced around, following each other in a giddy winter dance. By 10:05am the dance was over, the dancers retreating behind the curtain.. readying for the next scene?

The window thermometer claims 33 degrees as of 10:00am, MSN says 30 degrees right now. The wind is very light here in this little corner of South Kitsap. (about 4000ft south of Sinclair inlet as the crow flies, up on the hill)

As of this second, 10:46am, the flakes are starting to dance lightly around under the tree branches again. I hope they stay longer this time. It's almost an instant replay of the events I just described, as now it looks as if someone has shaken the snow globe again.

For the record, below is a picture of what is left of the snow around the tuna tin snow gauge.






The weather shows on TV this morning gave dire predictions of snow beginning in the north, surrounding the outer areas (Cascades, Bellingham, Olympics) and then closing ranks to the south and swallowing up the interior. (Seattle, Kitsap, Pierce)


The National Weather Service posted this latest advisory:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA 1012 AM PST WED DEC 17 2008 ...

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE ADMIRALTY INLET AREA FOR TODAY THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING... .

..A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR TODAY THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING FOR MOST NORTHERN ZONES IN WESTERN WASHINGTON AS WELL AS THE CASCADES AND OLYMPICS... .

..A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR TODAY THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING FOR SOUTHERN ZONES IN WESTERN WASHINGTON...

.A FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL MOVE OVER WESTERN WASHINGTON FROM CANADA TODAY...

AND WITH A VERY COLD AIR MASS STILL OVER THE REGION...

SNOW IS EXPECTED ACROSS MUCH OF WESTERN WASHINGTON TODAY AND TONIGHT. A COLD UPPER LEVEL LOW WILL REMAIN OVER THE AREA THURSDAY.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR THE ADMIRALTY INLET AREA THAT IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST THURSDAY.

THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

OVER THE ADMIRALTY INLET AREA...INCLUDING WHIDBEY ISLAND AND PORT TOWNSEND...2 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW IS LIKELY TODAY. SNOW HAS ALREADY BEGUN...PARTICULARLY OVER NORTHERN ISLAND COUNTY WHERE THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED. THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH THIS EVENING. SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE INTO TONIGHT WHEN ANOTHER INCH IS POSSIBLE. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION WILL BE 2 TO 6 INCHES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... MONITOR WEATHER FORECASTS AND ROAD CONDITIONS CAREFULLY. AVOID TRAVEL UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. TRAVEL IS LIKELY TO BE ADVERSELY IMPACTED THROUGH THURSDAY.



Just as before, the whirling falling snow has stopped. The brightness of the morning has given way to steely gray matte.

The local radar image doesn't look so bad, and the site is reporting a temperature of 35 degrees in Seattle.







December 15, 2008

Western Washington Severe Weather December 2008 Day4 1:00pm

It's Not Melting!!!








The tuna tin says the level has dropped a bit since last night, but it really looks more like settling and evaporation. It was 27 degrees at 7:30am this morning according to the window thermometer, and 25 degrees in Bremerton according to the TV. The frequent gusts of wind yesterday afternoon and last night have shaken loose all but the frost from the tree branches, and the steady wind and frequent gusts today are blowing even that around as it still refuses to melt. The sun has been shining since around 9:00am, so I expected a little melting but even now the ice crystals are flying past the window, glimmering in the sun.


I keep thinking I'm going to grab the camera and go find some fairy tale image to post, but... IT'S COLD OUT THERE! 27 degrees still according to both the window and MSN sidebar. The wind is steady, with those gusts I mentioned. And as I'm typing this, I can again hear a frog croaking outside the front door.... making me feel a little embarrassed. I mean, if the frog can bear it.... We'll see.

December 14, 2008

Western Washington Severe Weather December 2008 Day3 6:21pm

Not much to report throughout the day, so I didn't. 12:56pm and the winds were picking up, slight to gusty. The snow was still frozen though, making it look like more like Montana or Oklahoma than western Washington. The window thermometer said 31 degrees
while MSN sidebar said 28.


2:11pm and the wind was pretty steady with abrupt gusts that are knocking frozen lumps of snow off branches and roof edges, flinging them diagonally like fastballs on opening night! Hope you stayed indoors for this bit folks, fast moving chunks of frozen snow are not good for the head! It was still 28/31 degrees here in Kitsap county.


As of now, both the KIRO and KOMO radar views show it should be snowing here and all around me. I double checked, not a flake to be seen.



The window thermometer gave it's final visible reading a few minutes ago of 31 degrees, while the MSN sidebar finds 28 degrees now at 6:48pm. I'll tell you it feels simply frigid outside, and the wind has stopped blustering.

Western Washington Severe Weather December 2008 Day3 11:00am

Snow continued to fall sporadically overnight after my last post.



My eyes popped open a few times to check the snow on the branches outside the window, and while I saw that more snow had fallen, it wasn't enough to warrant waking. The tuna tin rain gauge has been transformed into a tuna tin snow gauge, none the worse for wear. But isn't it interesting that no snow accumulated INSIDE the tin...






It was exactly 31 degrees per the part time window thermometer at 8:00am this morning. The local weather stations were reporting anywhere from 28-32 degrees, depending on the channel. MSN sidebar is telling me that it's 28 degrees now, at 11:00am. From the way the snow is reacting to the slight gusts of wind that began around 9:30am, I'll buy the 28 degrees. Rather than falling in mushy clumps, it is dusting off to create a short lived glittery blizzard wonderland. I find myself looking for a long while, trying to convince myself it is snowing again just like when I was a kid sitting home on a snow day. In those days I lived on the east coast, where such daydreams were common place for kids in winter. Not so much here in the pacific northwest. Snow falls overnight, and slushes to the ground by mid-morning. Only a few times in a couple decades have the conditions been right for dry glittery snow here in South Kitsap.

The time stamp of 10:30 on the car hood has nearly been filled in, and it was a nearly an inch at that point. It's very cold and blustery out, so I'm not going to re-stamp it just yet.

To my surprise I can hear a frog croaking outside the house! 4 or 5 neighborhood kids passed by about 20 minutes ago, plastic sleds in tow. I'm not sure if they were heading out, or heading in, but it sounded like they were having fun. I hope they don't try to sled down the hill at the end of the drive, it's a blind hill for the cars and very narrow with no should at all... a recipe for disaster.




The view out the front is wonderful, if this much fell here in this tree and hill protected area, I imagine it's even whiter around the county.




Here's a full shot of the table the tuna tin 'precipitation' gauge is set on. The large pot contains an African pansy, which appears quite delicate but has actually turned out to be almost weedlike in it's proliferation as well as being slug-proof and freeze proof. It sets small violet flowers heavily in early spring and then sporadically through fall. Larger clumps will survive intact through winter, and smaller plants will die back to the ground only to emerge again in spring. But I digress... next to the pot is a garden fairy sculpture holding a mirrored gazing ball. I guess I should bring that inside.


I couldn't leave out the Wooby! She is curious and excited about the snow, but hates to get her feet wet... what a dilemma! She finally got over it however...

As of 11:30am there are no signs of melting, the snow is clinging to the tree branches and occasionally being blown around by slight gusts of wind.

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