Monday, November 13, 2006

Wild Weather

November usually comes with wind and rain storms. Every year I am able to do holiday decorating with evergreen branches of doug fir and cedar that have blown and broken off of all of the big trees. But this year, we are having so much more water. Last night, in one night, it snowed two feet up on Snoqualmie Pass. I went to sleep with the rain pouring on the roof. Just last weekend after driving back to Seattle from Walla Walla, we had no snow to drive through up there. And it is not even Thanksgiving yet.

Shockingly, Mount Rainier National Park closed for the first time in 26 years. The last time was when Mount St. Helens blew up. The park had 17 inches of rain in two days washing out roads and flooding campgrounds everywhere. I am curious about some of our trails and roads up towards Stevens Pass. They say we are in for even more excitement in the next few days.

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Cascading down the Cascades. Photo by Andy Boos for King5

I mean, look at the above picture of the water just roaring down from the mountains to Puget Sound. This was taken near Stevens Pass. The day before yesterday, I captured what it looks like when fresh muddy flood water pours into Puget Sound. Of course, the Sound is salty so the water is more dense and when the rivers dump, the fresh water floats for a while until everything gets mixed up. While eating our breakfast on Saturday morning, we watched this unusual water churning from our window.

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Muddy floody water flowing into the Sound.

Yep, when people talk about the weather around here, it is not boring!