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Mazama: Dec. 17, 2014

Mazama: Dec. 17, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Sunshine. Two days of the stuff and it was grand. The colder nights did refresh the ice rink conditions from here to Mazama and elsewhere, but it was worth it. Monday (Dec. 15) is relatively mild with the NOAA forecast for snow in the coming week. Minimal amounts it says, but we...
Mazama: Dec. 10, 2014

Mazama: Dec. 10, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Monday morning, and it’s like a breath of spring. Rain is falling, dense fog is about 300 feet overhead, and the temperature is 35 degrees after several days lurking above and below 40. Where are the robins? Up at Harts Pass, there was no report of snow depth yet today, but the...
Mazama: Dec. 3, 2014

Mazama: Dec. 3, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Monday morning and welcome to December. Just think, in less than three weeks the days will be getting longer. That may warm the cockles of your heart, but what about the rest of the anatomy? We checked the thermometer at 8 a.m. and had 0 degrees, up from down under somewhere. At...
Mazama: Nov. 26, 2014

Mazama: Nov. 26, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Sunday morning (Nov. 23) — snowing, pretty vigorously. We got a little over 7 inches yesterday before the sun came out, albeit briefly. It was the annual rite of plowing and blowing. The idea is to stay ahead of it. Harts Pass, where plows rarely venture, had 25 inches last night, up a foot...
Mazama: Nov. 19, 2014

Mazama: Nov. 19, 2014

By Bob Spiwak The weather the past week has been sunny and oh-so-cold for this time of year. Our low was 7 degrees and it has been a while since we got above freezing other than in the direct sun. I believe the temperature rose to 34 one day in the shade. Up at Harts...
Mazama: Nov. 12, 2014

Mazama: Nov. 12, 2014

By Bob Spiwak We’re buttoning up for the coming week with the forecast predicting single-digit temperatures for Tuesday and Wednesday nights — splitting firewood, clearing a trail for the snow blower. It seems premature with the sunny days we have been having along with the warm rain. According to a neighbor visiting from the coast,...
Mazama: Nov. 5, 2014

Mazama: Nov. 5, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Today (Nov. 3) we had a fantastic sunrise, giving probably false hope that the rain forecast would prove wrong. But the clouds are coming in for another spate of wet stuff. We have been busy raking wherever the snowblower will eventually traverse, clearing off rocks, pieces of split and sawed firewood and...
Mazama: Oct. 29, 2014

Mazama: Oct. 29, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Well, winter is creeping up on us bit by bit. Our low last night (Oct. 26) was 31 degrees, after temperatures were ranging in the 50s at bedtime most of the month. The foliage on the various trees — cottonwood, birch, willow, aspen — has peaked, and the leaves are laying a dense cover on the...
Mazama: October 22, 2014

Mazama: October 22, 2014

By Bob Spiwak The rains have finally arrived, the trees are losing their leaves and soon wintry weather will be upon us. We heard there was a bit of snow at Harts Pass early last week, but none currently. If you have a dog, my wife came up with an idea, maybe not original, as...
Mazama: October 15, 2014

Mazama: October 15, 2014

By Bob Spiwak It’s Monday (Oct. 13), and so far this morning a generally cloudy day. The trees are coloring up and down the valley. As usual, the farther west and higher up one goes, the more spectacular the view becomes. This year, with our mostly windy days and nights, a lot of the leaves...