Friday, January 22, 2010
What's With All The Crazy Weather?
All week it's been pouring rain. We've had road closures due to mudslides and fallen trees bringing power lines down with them. More rain was predicted for today but not the snow we are getting. It does snow in the mountains so it's not unusual, it just doesn't snow often or stay for long. But this snow is falling fast and furious and it's sticking! When I walked outside it was crunchy under my feet, not like icy crunchy but that rubbery sound, cool. I know people who live in snowy climates are thinking "what's the big deal" but for people who don't see snow often it is amazing. Those who live "down the hill" don't get snow and often times they load the kids in the car to drive to the mountains to see the white powder and we'll see them pulled over on the side of the road making snow balls and sometimes even snowmen. But the last couple of years the sheriff's department has closed the road just below our house to prevent people from driving up and getting stuck.
The weather predicted for the weekend says we may get 12 or 13 hours of sun and then more rain. This is winter in Central California. Friends keep asking "are we okay?" and I appreciate this, we are, we are okay. We're prepared for the power outages and having to stay home if the roads close. We have a small generator to run a few things, we have wood heat, and stock up on food, we have Coleman lanterns if we can't run the generator for lights. It gives us that pioneer feeling and while at first it's interesting after days and days of it I go a little stir crazy and realize how much we rely on power.
The snow is still coming down.