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Mazama: May 20, 2015

Mazama: May 20, 2015

By Bob Spiwak We finally had a week of badly needed rain. Last Monday it poured down, beginning in the afternoon and evening, complete with thunder and lightning, at least in West Boesel. The remainder of the week produced spotty rainfalls. We’ve no idea what came down where in inches, but hey, rain is rain...
Mazama: April 29, 2015

Mazama: April 29, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Well, we got a big surprise this morning. Leave it to the government. For years we have used a simple form supplied by the Harts Pass snow station (“snotel”), which on one page gave all the statistics and measurements for the snow and water activity up there at 6,500 feet — information that affects...
Mazama: April 22, 2015

Mazama: April 22, 2015

By Bob Spiwak The warm sunny days, coupled with the highway opening a few weeks ago, produced an unfamiliar amount of traffic on the highway after the winter layover. Notable were the numbers of motorcycles going by — 25 in one group. We’ve probably said this before: The noise of bikes coming from the west...
Mazama: April 15, 2015

Mazama: April 15, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Things are quiet east of Lost River. Actually, they usually are. We have a policy at SLIME, like Las Vegas and paraphrasing, that what I hear here stays here unless I get permission to use it. It does not apply to things of general information (no gossip) and events — and certainly not politics...
Mazama: April 8, 2015

Mazama: April 8, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Washington Pass opened a few days ago and there was a notable increase in traffic on Highway 20 in both directions, as was expected. The Mazama Store parking lot filled quickly after the event. Driving through Winthrop on Saturday, the day following opening of the road, there was a plethora of vehicles...
Mazama: April 1, 2015

Mazama: April 1, 2015

By Bob Spiwak A sunny Monday. Awoke to a convention of wood ducks, eight of them on the pond. It was hard to count as they were either frolicking or fighting, it was hard to discern what with the splashing and circular navigation. Our “annual” (we think) pairs, one of woodies and the other, mallards,...
Mazama: March 25, 2015

Mazama: March 25, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It’s a sunny Monday morning and the rain predicted for yesterday was barely a trickle this side of Mazama. There is a chance of snow for tonight, followed by warmer days. At Harts Pass the snow level in a week has risen from 79 to 88 inches. The snow/water content is now...
Mazama: March 18, 2015

Mazama: March 18, 2015

By Bob Spiwak The past weekend we went from rain to snow to rain to snow, the latter coming Sunday and leaving about an inch of snow that came down in goose-feather flakes. The rain was heavy — there were weather service flood warnings for campgrounds up and down the valley. The wet onslaught added snow depth...
Mazama: March 11, 2015

Mazama: March 11, 2015

By Bob Spiwak After almost a week of warm sunshine, there’s a high overcast today (Monday). The snow is going away and revealing the first layer of ice, then more snow and at the base, more ice — still 3 inches thick in places. Even using the axe end of a Pulaski barely dents it....
Mazama: March 4, 2015

Mazama: March 4, 2015

By Bob Spiwak More sunshine this past week. Cooler temperatures, but the sun and breezes have accelerated the melt. Today (Monday), there is wind which should further hasten the demise of the snow. We are down to about a foot in West Boesel. While we are on weather, the measurements from Harts Pass we monitor...