Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Snow blogging

This area got hit with what amounted to a minor snowfall, but around here it's pretty bad. Being from Wisconsin, I generally scoff at the notion of 3" of snow putting a damper on anything, but here I sit at home unable to get to work. Basic problem is, this place is extremely hilly (Seattle is largely composed of several drumlins and glacial till dumped next to a couple of deep flooded valleys, one filled by Puget Sound and the other by Lake Washington). Thus, when we do get snow it's usually when warm moisture-laden Pacific air collides with cold Canadian air. So it either dumps a lot of snow that melts in a day or, if the cold air mass stays around, we get wet snow that partially melts and then freezes. Which it did overnight. Hence, the streets are ice-covered. It doesn't snow very often so there's no point investing in a lot of snow-removal equipment, so we muddle through as best we can.

Anyway, here are a couple of pics. Latter is Marvin, one of several hummingbirds gathered around the feeding station in the front.