I keep hearing this prediction, we're in for a LONG winter. I'm not a huge snow person, I live in the Pacific Northwest, within a few miles of the Puget Sound... we just don't do winter, rain yes, snow no.
I'm not sure when I became an anti-snow person. Perhaps when it snowed for days before our (December) wedding, or on what seemed like approximately half of my childrens' birthdays (they were both January babies). Whatever the reason, I'm not looking forward to the first of the white flurries.
It has snowed every year since we moved to Red Gate Farm. Always at the time when it is the most inconvenient. And most of it, well it wasn't even officially winter yet!!
Four years ago we were surprised with a "little" snow at Thanksgiving. Schools closed for three days. Our fifty year old furnace died, for good.
Three years ago, this was the first of December. If this happens three weeks from now, I'm NOT even getting out of bed.
Two years ago, we drove to Seattle, 100 miles each way to pick up my daughter who was then in college. At night, not evening, but night. The longest, scariest drive of my entire life. It was a few days before Christmas. And it kept snowing. By Christmas Day we had over two feet of snow. I know that doesn't sound like much to some but if a neighbor hadn't plowed our driveway we wouldn't have gotten up it, even with four wheel drive!
Last year, we were fortunate to just receive a dusting, like powdered sugar on a donut, early in December.
But nothing can top 1996 when we got over three feet... with a Nor'ester blowing. Cars where buried in drifts, drifts reached roof tops. At our old house, we opened our garage door to a wall of snow, literally. Mt Baker ski area CLOSED because of TOO MUCH snow.
And since it never snows here, the cities, the counties... well we don't have snow plows.
I'm in denial about the whole upcoming winter weather, I think the weather people have it all wrong. But we'll be sure to have the generator all tuned up, just in case.
Here's hoping for a WARM and wet autumn and winter.
Chris at Red Gate Farm