Snow - Dec 16-26th 2008
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The Great Seattle Blizzard of 2008 started out with a whimper. It was predicted to be much larger, but on the night of the 16th and the morning of the 17th we got little more than a dusting while areas north, south, and east of us got a few inches. Caitlin got in some attempts at sledding with the next door neighbor Dorothy, but it wasn't very much fun and they only got a few runs in before it was no more - too much grass sticking up through the snow ended that game.

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The next day was another story. On the night of the 18th and morning of the 19th it snowed a lot. Look at the last photo to see how much - our front yard had a total of 9" of snow! That's the most we've ever seen here. I actually had to shovel the front walkway for the first time since moving into the house. Every other time I could sweep it off or ignore it. This snow happened in the middle of a prolonged cold spell, so it stuck right away and stayed around for a bit. Caitlin even got in on the fun to help shovel. I actually had to go out and get chains to drive the Magnum around, so that ought to tell you something.

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But wait, there's more! Most of the day on the 19th and the 20th things were quiet - until the next winter storm moved in. The evening of the 20th and into the 21st, it snowed and we had quite a bit of wind. All of the snow on the trees and most of the snow on roofs was blown off, and we got new snow too. The result was drifting snow, weird snow formations, and quite a littering of branches and pine needles on top of and embedded in the snow. And then it snowed some more. The pond was completely covered in snow - there were no air pockets to be seen, and water in the stream and pond was freezing so badly that the pumps were having problems. The snow drift on the back porch was over a foot deep, there were small drifts in the front door area, and everything I had shoveled out previously was covered again. Also of interest, but not pictured, was that the front yard lights were completely covered - while they were on. They usually generate enough heat to melt the snow out to about 1" around them and on top of them, but the blowing snow was drifting in so fast, they were on, and lighting the snow drifts from underneath. All you could see were bright spots in the snow - it was really cool and really weird at the same time.

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We got even more snow off and on over the next few days (22nd-24th). The snow drift on the back deck was 15" deep. Maybe not much by some standards, but for us, that's a lot of snow.

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We also got snow on the morning of the 25th - Christmas Day. We were opening gifts with a steady snow falling outside and everything covered in snow already. It was like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting - very beautiful. None of us had ever had a "White Christmas", so it was pretty neat. To heck with the driving problems, this made it all worth it. And, we took a video so you can see how hard it was snowing. Wow!

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And, for the final touch, we got some more snow on the morning of the 26th. Not much accumulation, but it was a heavy, wet snow which was perfect for making a snowman from. So, we did.

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