March 22, 9 AM
Snow! Sliding on Our Way!
Our first snow of the winter (oops, Spring!) arrived this morning! Currently 34 and snowing. May get an inch total out of this. An interesting day to start our trip to the DESERT! Soon to get on the road and migrate south! Keeping in touch as we go, hopefully!! Bye!
March 20, 4:15 pm
First Day of Spring, and a Winter/Spring Storm
Spring began early this morning and in blew a winter storm. It does seem to be living up to its billing, pretty much. It rained overnight and this morning, hard at times, totaling about .80". Then, right at 10 AM, the wind hit with some big gusts and it has been pretty blustery ever since. I am surely missing my anemometer. I am pretty sure this is the biggest wind I am missing since it went out quite a few months ago now. Hard to say, but probably gusting into the 30's, possibly hitting 40, at times, and quite breezy inbetween. The sun came out brightly when the front passed, but clouds and showers have come and gone all afternoon. This is probably our strongest storm of the winter. Cold air is supposed to flow in tonight, lowering the snow level a lot, and it is a possibility even for us over the next couple of days. Hard to really plan on that, but should keep an eye out for flakes; but not yet. Currently 51 degrees after a high of balmy 55. Need a lot more cold air to make snow happen.
College daughter is coming home tonight - finals will be finished for everyone, and then tomorrow to finalize packing and off we go!
March 19, 9:45 PM
Storm Beginning to Be Felt
It does seem that we will feel some impacts from the strong incoming storm. Already we have had some breezy gusts and rain is falling outside. Earlier this evening more of a squall went through and now we are in a bit of a lull, but we aren't finished. Our high today was 61 at 1 pm, and it has been now at 41 for quite awhile this evening. A big swing for us.
The newest forecast is calling for tomorrow to be pretty stormy. Rain, winds up into the 40's + mph possible throughout the Puget Sound region, thunderstorms and even snow. I never count on snow and I am not this time, but there does seem to be a decent possibility of seeing some from this storm. And, in the end, I wonder what we will truly see occur out of all of this?
I've been busy - got the car's oil changed and other maintenance things done, shopped for more on-the-road lunch materials, organized all the food I am bringing, worked on clearing out the fridge, and have a few other tasks done as well. Tomorrow during the storm (?) I will work on packing more, in anticipation of moving on to a change of climate. It will do us some good!
March 19, 8 AM
According to the forecast, we could have an interesting start to spring, beginning tonight and through tomorrow. A rather strong storm is on its way in from the ocean, with a fairly deep low center making landfall on Vancouver Island. The associated front could pelt the region with rain (maybe up around an inch here in the lowlands?), gusty/stronger winds (25-45 mph), possible thunderstorms, and a seriously lowering snow level (perhaps as low as 300-500 feet, which could impact us) by the time all is said and done. It was 34 this morning. Tomorrow looks pretty stormy; possibly. I always have to hedge just a bit, as we certainly know how to fizzle out too.
The old-timers used to say to watch out for a storm around each equinox, and this one may be right on cue.
I think it is getting time to flee to the desert! Only three days to go till we leave, and a lot to do before then! It would be kind of funny if we have to contend with snow on our way out of town, running to warmer/nicer climes.
March 15, 9 AM
My last blog entry was about a Pineapple Express heading in, and for us in my area, it was a giant FIZZLE. It pretty much did not rain at all. Finally the next day we did get some kind of slop-over rain that in the end totaled only .20", although it seemed like it rained more than that for a few hours. I think the drops were small and misty-ish. Anyway, a lot of clouds this week, and cooler than they kept saying it would be (highs in the low 50's)but just about no rain. We were rain shadowed by the Olympic Mountains and thus, stayed dry, dry. More rain is threatening again today and over the weekend, but showery and cooler yet. Snow levels are dropping again (in the lower mountains, not down here) and 40's/low 50's for highs, along with heavy overcast, just like it is outside right now.
So, I think, instead of hanging around here, we will Hit the Road! Yes, in one week we are leaving on a road trip during our college kids' Spring Break. And, we are heading for the sun and hopefully warmth. California deserts!! Whoo-hoo!! Mainly, we will be driving down to Death Valley and spending a few days there. We have been before, but the last time was 15 years ago! Yikes! So it is time to rediscover the park, see very different scenery, and just change atmospheres for awhile. I'm really looking forward to it and just getting onto the open highway. We have done many long road trips over the years, but it has been a few since we have really done one longer than a weekend. Too many difficult schedules and circumstances to have the chance recently, but things are changing and we will get back onto the road. We will spend time on trails and on dirt/rock/sand backroads in the canyons and washes, and valley floor, and plan to take a lot of photos. Can't wait!
Updated: 4:04 PM GMT on March 22, 2013
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