Ice Coming?

Discussion in 'Weather' started by Ford Man, Feb 10, 2021.

  1. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Went for a pleasant walk with my wife & her mom. Some birds about....but I really perked up, when my binoculars showed both Stellar Jays & Red-shafted flickers were sharing the same tree. All birds were calm.... as the day was. & snow was continuing to melt away, even the snow that had been piled up by shovels.
     
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  2. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    We finally got above freezing yesterday after being below freezing for over a week. Today we're supposed to get into the 40's and back into the 50's by Tuesday.
     
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  3. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    The sun's pretty strong this time of year. My driveway receives sun from mid-morning to sunset, so any temperature near freezing and all ice/snow will melt provided I scrape it down close to bare pavement.

    40s and 50s sounds great. Enjoy!
     
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  4. litesong

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    Stated elsewhere, we did get our shots yesterday & the roads were completely free of snow & ice! Alright!!! We arrived over 1 hour early for our shots & the folllowing is icing (not snow ice) on the cake:
    We gave the park attendent our names & appointments & he waved us around the building. But, instead of getting in a long line of cars....there were NO cars! We drove all the way around the building & were ushered to a parking space. We parked, walked into the vaccine building & only had to sit for 1 minute before being directed to the tent for our 2nd shots. All we had to do after the shots was wait for 15minutes for any possible side effects. Then, we left & drove home in a mostly beautiful day(occasional mild rain squirts).

    PS....My wife had side-effects from her shot & was in bed for 2 days. Things have to be bad, when she is waylaid. But, she is recovering now & hopes are she’ll be back at her best, soon. Her mom had little problems with her shot & was active through-out.
     
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  5. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    I'm afraid to ask my 4 Texas cousins (in Tyler, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, and unknown) how they survived winter's visit there.
     
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  6. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    I think I'd wait till spring and the weather was better before I asked. Warmer prettier weather might make them forget the worst of it.
     
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  7. litesong

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    With the rain, the only snow remaining along our entire long block are 2 small piles, which I piled up, clearing our drive way out to the road. Weeklong plus forecast is for rain, & no snow. The longer time goes, indicates our snow in the lowlands may be over for the season. We’ll see.
    But, the clouds continue & have made celestial observations short & few between for this winter. What little observing I got, was more than I’ve had during other winters tho. So, the smaller camera lens & eyepiece has been more advantageous, than the big telescopes I used to have.
     
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  8. litesong

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    Oh.oh.....we just got some goldfinch raiding our suet bins! Also, a Downy Woodpecker showed up. But, more than that, a male Townsend’s Warbler has showed up this day, February 22, 2021 to match the backyard sighting on 3-17-19.
    Alright! Red-letter day! Even tho, a spot of snow is still on the ground from the snow storm, eight days ago.
    PS......My wife saw the Townsend Warbler in the backyard, again today. Hope everyone here gets to see a TW. They are lovely. They hybridize with Hermit Warblers AND ALSO will displace them in some habitats.
    PS I......Townsend Warbler was back again. But, lo & behold....what came into the yard. Two doves came in to checkout the menu. They poked a bit, but I don’t think they were pleased with the “little bird” feed. We’ll see if they come back. Anyhow, the Redwing Blackbirds raided our pantry. That was good. Bad was, there was one starling among them. Sure don’t want to feed starlings.
    2-25-2020
    PS II...This morning, the Downy Woodpecker was back. Hope other Downies & Woodies show up, including Sapsuckers. Along the same line, hope numerous Townsend Warblers & other Warblers show this coming Spring. Ah, the doves were back, this time picking more enthusiastically at the “little bird” food.
    While Spring is showing evidence in the lowlands, the mountains are getting lots of snow.
    PS III....Both Passes, Stevens & Snoqualmie are being pounded with snow. I suspect the other Washington state passes are pounded with snow, too. Meanwhile, our feeders are being pounded by birds.Even the Downy Woodpecker & Townsend Warbler made appearances.
    It is recommended to stop feeding birds, because salmonella is firing through the bird population. My wife washes the feeders often & well. She will close the suet feeders once they are empty. She’ll reduce seeds around the yard & even the squirrel & Stellar Jay peanuts & corn, trying to disperse the birds & animals.
    We both have seen poorly maintained feeders around the extended neighborhood.
     
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  9. litesong

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    3-1-2021
    Yesterday, my wife saw a Red-Shafted Flicker in the backyard. So.....glad to see him, too!
     
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  10. litesong

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    The snow keeps building in our mountains, at times, even coming below 1000 feet on our highest hills.
    Meanwhile in our valley & backyard, along with 4 good-sized gray squirrels that have been taking my wife’s peanuts, we finally had a native smaller red(Douglas) squirrel show up. I’m glad to see the native Douglas squirrel most, since the imported gray squirrels have displaced many Douglas squirrels. The Douglas squirrel didn’t seem to be bothered by the grays, eating seeds right behind one of the grays. But, along with the good Douglas squirrel, we just had a bald eagle fly directly & low over our yard. I’m afraid the Eagle, instead of trying to take one of the more numerous gray squirrels, may try to catch the less numerous but smaller Douglas squirrels. Really don’t want that.

    PS....Ah....just had some golden-crowned sparrows in the backyard. We had some of the more numerous white-crowned sparrows some weeks ago, but none since. A western race of the big Fox sparrow showed up. Nice. A Red-shafted Flicker was really pounding away at our suet. He ate for 10+minutes. Finally, he dislodged a sizable chuck of the suet & took off with it in his beak.
     
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  11. litesong

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    At this point in the late winter, our mid-Washington Cascade Mtn passes, Snoqualmie & Stevens, have had 400 to 500 inches of snow. These rival the lesser yearly amounts of snow in the World Record Snow level data of Mt.Rainier(1121 inches) to our south or the present World Snow Record holder Mt.Baker(1141 inches) data to our north. The Mt Baker world snowfall record year included February 1999, which had 304 inches of snow. By April 1, 1999, the unmelted & weighted snow DEPTH was an incredible 311 inches! This year, from mid-February 2021 into March, Mt. Baker had 19 straight days of snow. This year, altho Stevens Pass DID have 47 inches of snow in one day, Mt. Baker was no slouch, having 61 inches in a two day period. Presently, Mt. Baker 2020-2021 snow season has had 680 inches of snow.
    Today, much of Eastern Washington has sunny weather.
    PS.... Meanwhile, us w.WA lowlanders have rain with breaks of sunshine. Oh, we just got sunny skies. Our 3 family members went for a sweet walk. If it had been cloudy, I might have been under-dressed. While walking, a tree had 15 birds, my binoculars showing them to be Cedar Waxwings. Excellent! Funny, last year in another small park near us, I counted 15 Cedar Waxwings. Later at home, my bird & squirrel feeding wife, enjoys the vigorous antics of her fauna.
    With the sun, I went for a nice drive, seeing Merganzers diving & bald eagles on their tree thrones. On the way home tho, I saw rain clouds on the horizon.
    Now that I am home, the rain clouds are no longer on the horizon. Wind is hitting our home AND the rain is being delivered.....not only rain but hail at 48Fdegrees!!!
    PS I.....Noting, with the hail, the temperature dropped 1 degree to 47Fdeg. & now the sun is peeking between the hail & rain clouds. Well, if you’re gonna have hail, its much nicer at 48Fdeg.
     
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  12. litesong

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    I can see the 3500 foot mtn from my computer room, where I first cross-country skied in February 1981. This being March 9, it has a little less snow now, than 40+ years ago.
    Meanwhile, the birds keep taking advantage of my wife’s generosity.....no skinny, winter-worn birds in our yard.
     
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  13. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    I always heard if March comes in like a lamb it will go out like a lion. It came in like a lamb this year so I guess it will end with a foot of snow. I think we're supposed to get into the 70's today.
     
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  14. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    1-2 feet of snow expected Friday in Denver, CO. Stories of possible 5 feet of snow in the ski areas of Colorado.
     
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  15. litesong

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    Snow hits the Rockies in all months. Think I’ve told this story before: While traveling around the western US in mid-June 1974 in my small car, I ascended to the top of 14,271(?) foot Mt. Evans in the Rockies. Evans has a spectacular surrounding vista of the Rocky Mountains for hundreds of miles.....& you’re looking down on most of them. You can also look towards the vast plains east of the Rockies. Early in my observations, I had noticed a hundred miles out on the plains a large storm system. After some time, I could tell the ever-darkening storm was moving toward me. Finally, I figured I have to leave & get out of the mountains. Descending out of mountains, the dark storm clouds past over my head & into the mountains. News reports the next day, stated that 6inches to a foot of snow fell on the Rockies after I left. Sure glad I avoided that storm.
     
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  16. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    I think we're supposed to get rain again this weekend and next week. Probably remnants of the system that's supposed to dump snow on the Rockies. More rain is just what we need. Just a few weeks ago we had snow just as it got melted it started raining and there was lots of localized flooding. It will be two weeks this weekend since we had the flooding. I think they said we got over 5" of rain one day that weekend with a total for the weekend of between 6-7 inches.
     
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  17. Dorean Clarke

    Dorean Clarke Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the Age of Aquarius!
     
  18. litesong

    litesong litesong

    March 7, 2021:
    Well....this day it has been raining with only a few breaks of the moisture. This last bout of rain.......had a few minutes of wet snow in it. Lest you think we’re going back to winter, the temperature is 43 degrees.
     
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  19. litesong

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    In the yard after the bit of snow, we had one of the gray squirrels ground feeding. AND within three feet of him was a mourning dove! Wow!
     
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  20. Dorean Clarke

    Dorean Clarke Well-Known Member

    Beautiful!
     

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