Katy bar the door

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  1. That is beautiful! What I’ve caught on the news has me a bit confused though. They seem to be predicting heavy snow and above “tropical storm” strength winds, but they’re not calling that a blizzard. What the hell is a “blizzard” then? 😀

    1. I’m not sure how the experts make the distinction, but one weatherman last night drew a circle on the map nestled against the west (windward) side of the mountains and said that’s where there would be blizzard conditions. I think a blizzard has to be sustained winds (for some hours) above a certain speed, with heavy snowfall creating low visibility and lots of drifting. The rest of the warning area is more likely to have very high but intermittent, not sustained, winds. Wind is freaky in the mountains, gusting, swirling, and very much affected by the local terrain. It can be roaring in one valley, and dead calm just over the ridge, and change in an instant.

      Definition from the National Weather Service:
      (abbrev. BLZD)- A blizzard means that the following conditions are expected to prevail for a period of 3 hours or longer:

      Sustained wind or frequent gusts to 35 miles an hour or greater; and
      Considerable falling and/or blowing snow (i.e., reducing visibility frequently to less than ¼ mile)

    1. No, I can’t see them from my house, unfortunately. Except for a glimpse between houses when the trees are bare. As long as I’m at home, I have to settle for just knowing they are there and looking at them several times a day via webcams.

  2. When we were young we lived on Oahu for three years. It was fabulous – for about 6 months. After that, believe it or not, it got really old. The weather hardly changes. The highs would sometimes be in the 60’s in the “winter” and everyone would gripe about trying to find a sweater! Go figure.

    I’ll take seasons anytime. Nice post.

... and that's my two cents