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Mazama: January 14, 2015

Mazama: January 14, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It is 9:30 a.m. Monday (Jan. 12). The fog has been enveloping us all week, occasionally peppered by light snowfalls. Living on the coast years ago, we would measure the amount of fog by utility poles. A three- or four-pole “fogger” at the limit of visibility represented the area where even car...
Mazama: Jan. 7, 2015

Mazama: Jan. 7, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Monday, 10 a.m. Temperature 28 at ground level and 33 high on the house.  It has been quite a 24 hours, and now it is raining. Two hours ago it was freezing rain and prior to that about 4 inches of snow. In short, it is a mess, and a crunchy one...
Mazama: Dec. 31, 2014

Mazama: Dec. 31, 2014

By Bob Spiwak It is Saturday morning, a gray day with a few snowflakes falling from a leaden sky. Earlier this morning, we took the dog to Dripping Springs trailhead just down the road. Expectations were to find a lot of cars and a lot of dogs. We were mistaken, and were alone but for...
Mazama: December 24, 2014

Mazama: December 24, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Here it is almost the new year. More important is that we have gone beyond the solstice and the days will be getting longer, somewhere around five to 10 minutes a day, I think.  Whatever the rate may be, to me it is a sign of spring even though with the solstice...
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,...