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We woke this morning in the central Willamette valley with several inches of snow on the ground and more on the way.  The last time I recall this much snow in the valley was December 2008.  And now, while much of the country is undergoing a heat wave, we are having the kind of wintry weather that rarely comes our way.

They originally called for the storm to snow a little overnight mixed with rain and then change to all rain.  Weatherunderground is far behind on this storm, calling for 3" total when we are already well beyond that.  Local reports are now calling for 8" to fall in Eugene with more coming the next few days.  Given how weather here generally flows it wouldn't be surprising to have rain this afternoon that makes things a slushy mess, then more snow at night.  I doubt the overall accumulation the next few days will be significant, just cold and messy.

The one "benefit" is that it gives me a break from listening to Limbaugh - KPNW isn't coming in at all today.  They claim on their website to be on the air so I guess its just the atmospheric conditions that aren't letting their signal reach Harrisburg.  (There are other local stations that are down, some areas have lost power.  The lights here have flickered a few times this morning but we're still OK.)  And so, it will be a morning of emailing sponsors and other such activities.  If any other locals would like to join me in this snow-day activity there are plenty of contacts listed in my most recent Flush Rush action diary.

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  •  Opposite here (7+ / 0-)
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    Cedwyn, Rich in PA, Smoh, kbman, Marie, Sylv, AnnieR

    We should still be under snow (Southern Ontario) for another week or two ....

    but today it is 80+ with not a cloud in the sky (and has been similar for the last few days). Normals are around 40, with record highs of the past around 60. So this is way way way unusual ... unprecedented, literally. Loving it though.

    Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. - JFK

    by taonow on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 10:21:55 AM PDT

  •  yup (1+ / 0-)
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    kbman

    snow in march in portland?  say the fuck what?

    Never forget that the Republican War on Women originated with religion; the GOP is but theocracy's handmaiden.

    by Cedwyn on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 10:22:38 AM PDT

  •  try the NOAA socialist website (3+ / 0-)
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    kbman, Smoh, Cedwyn

    much better than wunderground, however, some basic understanding of meteiorological terminology is helpful :)

    "What have you done for me, lately?" ~ Lady Liberty

    by ozsea1 on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 10:22:41 AM PDT

  •  The chilly northwest (6+ / 0-)
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    confitesprit, kbman, Marie, Cedwyn, myboo, Chris Jay

    The rest of the country is broiling - meanwhile, here in Seattle I ran the heat last night; we've been running almost 10 degrees below average for a while now, and only expected to (barely) get up above 50F by the end of this week.

  •  Get out the hot chocolate and toast! (2+ / 0-)
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    kbman, Cedwyn

    It's good to make a batch of chili, too.  These are not troll recipes, merely things my children enjoyed when they were little and we got sig. Amounts of snow.  Oh!  Break out the cardboard boxes too.

    Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

    by Smoh on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 10:34:22 AM PDT

  •  A little more snow, and you could go sledding (2+ / 0-)
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    kbman, Cedwyn

    at Laurelwood golf course, just like in 1969.

  •  heh, Tucson here, it was 80+ a few days ago, (1+ / 0-)
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    kbman

    day before yesterday it snowed, never made it to the 50's, 70's today and 80+ again by friday....

    last year we had 2 solid days below freezing, that's a first in my 25 years here though all the native cactus survived so it has to happen once in a while.....

    Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
    I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
    Emiliano Zapata

    by buddabelly on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 11:26:32 AM PDT

  •  You live in Harrisburg? (1+ / 0-)
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    kbman

    That's where my family lived when my siblings and I were born.  

    My parents both went through high school there.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 11:34:09 AM PDT

  •  This kind of thing can happen when progessives (4+ / 0-)

    listen to Limbaugh.

  •  Oregon here too (3+ / 0-)
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    myboo, Chris Jay, kbman

    we had wind storms a couple weeks or so ago.  Lights went out. They flickered a time or two first - so we had some warning that way, so ...

    I grabbed our jump box from the car - They cost $80 and will jump your car AND has enough air to fill a tire. They're great and will save your butt. You can also plug a DC to AC adapter in them (about $30) and in that way you can plug several items in. I plug a 3way extension in and I plug in our Internet Router (these are pretty low power) and plug in the laptop and even in a power outage I can have Internet and computer for at least 12 hours that I've tested.

    We keep a non-electric old fashioned phone to plug in the wall so the phone still works with the power out.

    Good to have. A good investment. Of course good, normal UPS backup box will do pretty much the same thing as far as inside, but you can't jump your car or fill a tire with it. ;-)

    •  Oregon here three (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm in Washington County where even the southerlies have been bringing in cold cold air all month; historically, our cold systems are delivered from Canada via the Columbia River Gorge but this year we have atypical phenomena a-plenty...  

  •  Here in WI (1+ / 0-)
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    it's been in the low 80's.  Unheard of, because it has lasted for several days now.  And then there's this.......

    http://www.usatoday.com/...

    kinda strange on top of the weather and all.

    "Undermining Americans' belief in their own institutions of self-government remains a prime GOP electoral strategy." — Mike Lofgren

    by churchlady on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 01:04:28 PM PDT

  •  another Eugene report, ca. 5PM ... (0+ / 0-)

    yeah, even NOAA said "accumulation will be negligible" around midnight last night. First time I checked this AM, ca. 8am, there was 4.5 inches on the car hood! By noon there was more rain than snow coming down, and 7 inches on the grass in the back yard! Bethel on the flats.

    neighbor across the street has been out limbing & cleaning up where a poorly trimmed (by City contractors, for garbage-truck height!) street tree split from its first crotch clear to the ground! and the neighbor on our north side has lost a number of very small branches in his front yard and over his driveway... oh yeah, and his hot-tub(?) cover collapsed under the weight of the snow, too!

    we lost power for about 2 hrs this morning, but no damage; we didn't have enough stuff on for it to be a problem! woke the DH up way early, with the air-cleaners all dying, so sudden silence!  Built a fireplace fire for a couple hours, then the electric was back.

    OH! NOAA has just scrubbed the snow forecast for tomorrow & onwards, & although looks like it will still be hovering right around freezing for 2-3 nights. May make tomorrow morning REAL interesting!

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 05:31:16 PM PDT

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