Thursday, December 18, 2008

Same Song Second Verse

Wow! Yesterday we had luminaria lining the driveway, this is what we have this morning. What driveway? It is 8:35 a.m. Pacific time. The snow is due to continue well into the afternoon.

This is a one day snow accumulation on our roof. The south side. The north side has blown bare.

Not being into skate boarding I'm not sure about this but would a half pipe look like this if made from snow? This is the drift along the side of the shop.

Hub is working valiantly. The drifts on the drive are obscuring the snow blower.

Okay, here's the deal. We are setting record snowfall for a 24 hour period. Seventeen inches at the Spokane airport which is the official measuring point. We have several more inches in our area. Out here on the prairie it looks like sand dunes along the coast. Some drifts five and six feet high and the ground in front of them bare. Wind.

For those of you who aren't familiar with lake effect snow you hear about coming off the Great Lakes, this is as close as you come around here. Light and fluffy, very low moisture content, and it piles up like Topsy! Spokane is literally closed down. I'm sure our area is too but the coverage is out of Spokane and about Spokane.

After I wrote my post yesterday things really began to go downhill. We had decided to let the snow run it's course before starting to clear it. Then an unexpected Fed Ex delivery had the truck barely in the drive while the driver shoveled his way to the door. Hub decided he should at least clear a path.

All went well until the tractor snapped an essential belt. No one in Coeur d'Alene had one. That means a trip to Spokane. He thinks he's going this afternoon. Ha! The bright side is we still have the walk behind blower from the good old days!!

During coffee this morning I thought the den felt unusually cool. Hub checked the thermostat and it read 58 degrees. A malfunctioning furnace. And we just had it serviced! My mood is diminishing. The bright side is we have a duel heating system so the game room is warm. The office and shop are hearted and comfortable. It's the only reason I'm writing this time of day! I'm usually banned until after the market closes at one.

Even Bacchus seemed somewhat surprised. He isn't used to his hind end being buried when he squats. That's cold! He's the only one who can be comfortable in the house today and last time I checked he was sound asleep on the couch.

Oh, I've forgotten to mention the temperatures going along with the snow. Tomorrow is forecast to be -8. Today will be a balmy 17. No melting in sight!

Welcome to winter in the Inland Northwest. Time for another lyric? "It's the most wonderful time of the year!" Bah Humbug!


Alize ng ru qian said...
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Linda said...

Oh my goodness. I've never seen that much snow in my entire life! It all looks good and pretty in story books but I'm sure it's another story when you're actually living it.

Hughes ap Williams said...

Uh-oh, your storm is supposed to hit us in New Jersey any time now...