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Monday, December 22, 2008

The "Arctic Blast" Continues

You know how unprecedented this type of weather is in the Pacific Northwest when all the news channels go into "24/7 we interrupt your regularly scheduled broadcasting to give you up to the second weather updates" mode. Indeed, it has been remarkable. Yesterday we woke up to 1/8 to 1/4 inch of ice on top of 10 inches of snow as a result of the freezing rain, creating a winter wonderland The Apartment Biologist aptly described as like walking on a giant creme brule. Everything, right down to the very last pine needle, was coated in ice, making for some beautiful outdoor ice sculptures, featured in the pictures with this post. Then, just when we hear the temperatures may start warming up on this Monday, we wake up to an additional four inches of snow!

While we've had traces of snow on Christmas Day as recently as last year, the last time there was more than an inch of snow on the ground in Portland on Christmas was back in 1937. So, we may be headed for our first truly white Christmas in quite some time! This is the most snow we've ever had in Portland at one time in my lifetime, as I think the previous record was back in the late 90s when we had roughly a foot of snow, an amount that has surely been surpassed by now.

All the above pictures were from the icy day yesterday, with the exception of this last one. This shows the approximate snow accumulation as of 11:00 AM on Monday....although with some of the winds on the first day of snow, I'm sure it's even a few inches more.


Vickie said...

Your snow and ice photos are beautiful. I'm sure they are causing equal difficulty. Warmest wishes!

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Hi Monika - jee that looks cold! How come you get more snow than us..we're further north - just' at 53 deg N. But we do have the Gulf Stream racing across from the Caribean bringing warmer temperatures to our shores - would be even warmer idf Ireland wasn't in the way, nothing like that from the warmer areas of the Pacific for you? Hope your practicing Llanfair PG

Christmas wishes to you all in WA USA