Finishing up my Tuesday Evening Networking meeting at Hazel Dell Lanes, I left the establishment to see a good three (3") inches of snow outside when it had only been a few scattered flakes coming down when I had arrived earlier. Thanks to All-Wheel Drive the only "event" I had going home was the traffic signal at 78th street that could not "see" or "sense" we were waiting for our turn and it took three (3) full cycles before we got the Green Light!
Later when the weather on KPDX said we are in for a total of eight (8) plus inches of snow, I knew there would be a few chores to take care of in the morning. You see, the snow we receive on the West side of the Cascade Mountains has a very high moisture content, and will stick to most anything once it alights. In my skiing days un-groomed snow would more often be called Cascade Concrete (or, Crud) than it would be called "Powder."
Thus, one of the first chores of the morning was to clear a couple of Hummingbird feeders from the snow and ice. To be sure, this teeny-tiny Green (a Calliope, perhaps?) bird was happy to take a few sips, until...
...its larger neighbor and rival Anna's hummer loudly buzzed in to chase it off! It was a high-speed aerial chase we see most all year long, and obviously not deterred by the snowy weather!
The next photo shows the depth of the snow at our curb, coming in at just over Ten Inches (10") - a snowfall amount we just don't see every year.
For those of you unfamiliar with Vancouver Washington or, may be considering a move here, with a location of just over 45 Degrees North Latitude, we are almost 1 full Degree farther North than Minneapolis, MN. However, our weather west of the Cascade Mountains is heavily moderated in the Fall and Winter by the generally mild flow of weather coming off the Pacific Ocean to the Southwest.
Occasionally the flow of weather allows a cold system from Alaska to bring us some snow to the "Valley" floor (or, about 65' above sea-level), and makes me glad my car has all-wheel drive to ensure relief if cabin fever might set in.
btw - I also put out regular bird food happily enjoyed by the Juncos, Sparrows and a few Towhees!
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