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More Snow in Seattle

December 22, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments
The View from our House

The View from our Backyard

On Saturday morning, I wrote about the snow we had in Seattle on Thursday, with photos of the two buses that slid down a hill and almost went over a retaining wall onto the freeway. We have since had two more snowstorms. We got out Saturday afternoon to do some essential shopping, getting home before the second round of snow. It started around 4 PM and fell until around midnight, with about 5-6 inches accumulating around our house. I awoke yesterday (Sunday) morning anticipating doing some shoveling, but before I could begin, it was snowing again. The snow fell from around 10 AM to 11 PM. I would guess another 5-6 inches fell, so we had something close to 15 inches of snow in the last four days. Not unheard of, but not very common either. More typical when we have freezing or near freezing temperatures is that Seattle escapes large snowfalls. The outlying areas, at higher elevation or without the additional moderating influence of Lake Washington, can get such accumulations, but we, at a low elevation near the lake, will typically have just a little.

I got out this morning and started shoveling the driveway. The norm around here seems to be to just blast out of the garage with the four-wheel drive vehicle. The roads aren’t plowed, so why worry about a driveway full of snow? But I like to clear it just the same. Partly, shoveling gives me a sense of continuity with my childhood. And it’s good exercise, as long as I don’t overdo it. I took a break in the middle of the shoveling and used my flip HD mini camcorder to record the view. As I explained in my post when I got the Flip, I set up a youtube account that night in order to post videos, but until today I hadn’t posted any. Here’s one:

The narration is a little stupid, but I figured there’s supposed to be sound when you make a video, so I spoke.

I took a break and came in for a late breakfast just before noon, by which time Joel was awake. After eating, I went out again and took some photos in the back, including the photo at the top of this post. Go here for a slideshow with a few more.

I should explain, for readers who don’t know where we live, that we live on a golf course, as seen in the photos. No, we don’t live in one of those newfangled gated communities surrounding a golf course. We couldn’t imagine doing that. We live in an oldfangled gated community, with the golf course surrounding the homes. The course and home construction started in 1924. Our house was built in 1939. And the entrance to the community is just 3 miles from downtown. We’re located on the 9th fairway, a little short of the area where good drives land, but right in the middle of the area where short slices land or long wicked slices crash. Parallel to the 9th fairway, on its far side from us, is the 1st fairway. And beyond that is the Arboretum. In the photos, you’ll see views of the 9th fairway and of trees that separate it from the 1st.

The weight of the snow on the trees is worrisome. Some of our hedges were severely weighed down. Joel helped me knock some of the snow off after the photo session, and then we finished shoveling the driveway and the front walk. We don’t plan to go out today though. Maybe tomorrow. More snow may fall tomorrow or Wednesday, but by Wednesday afternoon the precipitation should turn to rain, which may continue through Christmas Day. By the weekend, we should be back to our normal winter weather conditions, day after day of highs in the low 40s and lows in the low to mid 30s.

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