Tuesday, March 21, 2017
What the first day of spring looks like around here! The shrinking but still massive snow banks are not very spring like, but the bare patches in the yard are nice to see.
And I have some daffodils sprouting as well at the start of some green chives coming back in my planters around the house!
And... I have some pretty famous tiny house guests visiting, along with their house! Who needs a guest room in a tiny house when tiny house friends come visit with their own house? ;)
Happy spring everyone!
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Hey all! I'm still working on this video thing. So I just finished a full kitchen tour. Something I don't think I've ever done a real post on. Partially right now I'm working at turning some older blog content into a video format, but this is actually new content even for all you faithful blog readers!
P.S. You folks who actually read are my favorites! Don't tell anyone who's only on my youtube channel..... ;)
And so, just for you reader folks, what the weather looked like outside the day I shot this video! These swans were not far from my house, in the crazy heavy snow. Ah. Spring in my area!
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Just for a quick comparison of the snowpack on different years, here's my house in the three Marches since I moved in. The dates are as close to each other as I have photos from. The first shot was obviously before I stained the exterior and when I was parked right below where I am now living. It was taken March 24th, 2015. Some snow, but not very deep.
The second photo is from March 12th, 2016. Lots of bare dirt, but some sizable snow banks remaining as well.
And lastly, today. March 7th, 2017. Despite some melting and shrinking from their greatest depth, you can barely even see my house! The mountains just to the north have recorded 513 inches of snow as of this morning and it's been snowing all day. The mountains just south of my house are at 211% of normal snowpack.
Quoting our local weatherman, "The long-term average precipitation in Jackson is 1.14 inches in February. The old record February precipitation was 2.83 inches in 1962. This February was extraordinary for its precipitation, with a total of 5.62 inches as of Feb. 25. I suspect a little more will be added to that number by month’s end. That now ranks February 2017 as the fourth wettest month in Jackson climate history..."
It truly is a crazy winter, even for this wintery location!
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
So... as I have mentioned before, I like photos and words myself. But I can also see the numbers. Posts with photos and words seem to attract a few hundred people. And videos attract the attention of thousands of people. Hence I am working on my video shooting and editing skills. Below is the very first video where I have tried out editing at all. Everything previously, as you could probably tell, was simply raw footage. So please bear with me as I learn this new skill.
If you have been following my blog for a while, you probably already know most of this info from past posts, but I've updated it a bit and turned it into something watchable. Here you go!
And one more recent house photo. The snow banks have compacted considerably due to a lot of cold rain in the last two weeks. But man there is a lot of water content in the snowpack right now! Depending on the particular location, the mountains around here are at 150% to over 200% percent of normal moisture content for this time of year. The mountains just north of me are reporting 473 inches of snowfall for the year right now.
It could be a very interesting spring with run off, ice jams, and flooding depending on how things go when ever it does really start to warm up!
Thursday, February 9, 2017
It's crazy around here! Over 400 inches of snow this winter and now rain for two days and nights. (It's still snowing in the mountains.) Most major roads are avalanched closed, power is out to thousands of people, several roofs have caved in, schools are having a second snow day this year after more than twenty years with out one, and even in this town that is normally prepared for huge winters, it's pretty much chaos.
Zack, one of my younger brothers and a first cousin, John, are here for a weeks visit. They planned to snowboard a huge mountain during an epic winter. Instead everything is closed and the resort is without power and shut down. Extreme avalanche danger makes any kind of back country travel unwise. So instead, we are all hanging out, talking, relaxing, watching movies, and they have been helping me shovel snow. They're an amazing work crew!
Here's a quick video update from my house today.
Enjoying dinner together with my neighbor.
A full pan of apple coffee cake doesn't last long with this crew!
Neither do bacon wrapped pepper stuffed dates.
Or elk spaghetti.
All you can see of my house when you pull in the drive now!
Relaxing on the extended couch.
The slush on the roads is ten inches deep in some places! Making driving nearly impossible. And almost all the snow clearing equipment in the county seems to be broken down after running non stop all winter already.
My neighbor working night and day to keep several houses open including mine. For which I am super thankful! We are all safe and sound and there is plenty of food in the house for weeks. So don't worry about us, and stay safe with whatever forms of weather you are having!