Yeah, I just got loose from Bigfoot's cave. He captured me in July, and has been holding me hostage ever since. no internet in Bigfoot cave. Of course, I was fed bacon 3 times a day, so in the end, I got kicked out of the cave.
Things have been pretty good up here. It was a nice summer warm and dry, once we got into July. Did a decent amount of hiking, floating on the river...gardening... smoking meat. saw the northern lights 4 times! The pups are having a blast,too.. except the day the found a porcupine.
Then, mid September came.. a big dry lightning storm came thru and started about 2,000 wildfires across the area (seriously). They burned until late October, and the smoke was horrible every day.
Then it started to rain... and snow. It hasn't stopped since it started (seriously). I get that it rains and snow alot in WA, but it's not supposed to be quite this continuous and heavy on the east side of the Cascades. 30 yr residents have said they've never seen such extremes as this year (87 days without rain) than 2 months+ of almost nothing but rain and snow.
This week we had a 3 ft snowstorm that was localized in our area just north of Leavenworth. A unique weather event called the Puget Sound Convergence Zone set up and just DUMPED over about 15 mile wide band. Anyway, there are thousands of trees down and power has been out for a week.. They are used to snow in this area (120+ inches avg in the valley) but for some reason, the trees didn't like it all at once I guess.
Road to my house...
They got power back on for 12 hrs, then we got another foot of snow and more trees came down again. It's snowing again today. Who'd ever think I'd be complaining about it the snow?
30 yr locals have never seen anything like it. Oddly, the snow was not THAT heavy... but we don't get wind up here at all during storms (at least the valley I live in). We are staying in Wenatchee at a hotel with my mom and sis, who are up here from Socal for 3 weeks. We have a generator, but mom and sis aren't into roughing it with the bathroom/shower issue (electric pump). Sounds like we might have just gotten power back, but 2 more trees down across driveway that will need to be cut up.
Here's some more pics of the damage around my house/area from Monday: http://s91.photobucket.com/albums/k297/ ... ?start=all
Here's a video of a tree coming down onto more power lines some crews captured: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdhcJwqm ... e=youtu.be
This fall has been fun. We went to Idaho and Montana a couple times... visiting hot springs and breweries. Went to Mt. Rainier and Olympic NP's.. both are really awesome.
I got a weather station set up and online (although it's offline now with the power outage). The NWS here is very pro-active with it's spotters and their FB page. It's been fun garbing with them. Here's a link for when my station is active: http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstat ... =KWAPLAIN3
I've also started a weather blog.. it's been kinda fun to play with. http://www.wunderground.com/blog/snowave/show.html
I've only been riding once so far.. a couple weeks ago at Mission Ridge, just outside of Wenatchee. Fun place with pretty dry snow, nice terrain, and good hike-to terrain...Great views, too. Some of the ski areas here already have 100" bases.
After the holidays, we'll be trying out more places locally and regionally.
Hope everyone has a good Christmas. I'm working on shifting a little more of this snow south.