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Mazama: March 12, 2014

Mazama: March 12, 2014

By Bob Spiwak As winter exits, we got some startling information from Rick Le Duc, designated deliverer of NOAA weather information from Mazama. From Nov. 1, 2013, through Feb. 10, 2014, 5.5 inches of precipitation and 43 cumulative inches of snow fell. That’s about 14 weeks. From Feb. 11 onward, a little over three weeks,...
When ‘in the pits’ meant excitement and adventure

When ‘in the pits’ meant excitement and adventure

By Bob Spiwak A few weeks ago in her lower Methow Valley column, Joanna Bastian wrote about Dale Burnison, an exceptional woodworker. What caught my eye and memory was that he was once a hydroplane racer. This was in the old days, which came after my own old days. Harking back to the late 1940s...
Mazama: March 5, 2014

Mazama: March 5, 2014

By Bob Spiwak It’s Monday and, as it has for the past month, this means it is snowing. But now it’s March and if you dig down five to 10 feet you might see some little flowers just aching to bloom — and be reported by Eric Burr, as is his custom. And it being the first...
Mazama: Feb. 26, 2014

Mazama: Feb. 26, 2014

By Bob Spiwak There was supposed to be no snowfall today. Ha! It’s Monday and the stuff has been coming down since yesterday morning. Maybe eight inches have come to rest so far. Up at Harts Pass there’s 111 inches on the ground, and the water content stands at 98 percent of average. The total...
Mazama: Feb. 19, 2012

Mazama: Feb. 19, 2012

By Bob Spiwak There’s not much point in dwelling on the snowfall this past week. It’s Monday morning now and still coming down. The anomaly being that half of the (unrecorded) days brought periods of warm sunshine. No spring flowers showing yet, but they are waking up, I betcha. With this moisture it could be...
Mazama: Feb. 12, 2014

Mazama: Feb. 12, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Good morning, or whatever time it is when you read this. It is an egotistic assumption that it will be read. The snow has been coming down for three hours, and after it was predicted to begin “after 7 a.m.,” it started exactly at 7 a.m. It’s difficult to determine just what...
Product placement strategy could benefit the Methow

Product placement strategy could benefit the Methow

By Bob Spiwak About 50 years ago Vance Packard published a book titled The Hidden Persuaders. It had to do with messages being sent via visual media like TV and movie theaters, or audible messages by radio. While any kind of message could be delivered, the thrust was on commercials. These messages came and went...
Mazama: Feb. 5, 2014

Mazama: Feb. 5, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Here it is Monday morning. There is blistering sunshine falling, its only shortcoming being that the blisters lose their luster somewhere in the 93 million miles from Old Sol to Mother Earth. If you get your paper on Wednesday, the forecast is for 6 below zero that night. Next night will be...
Mazama: Jan. 8, 2014

Mazama: Jan. 8, 2014

By Bob Spiwak A beautiful and sunny winter day. Nine degrees at wakeup and a forecast for a series of storms coming in from the west with varying amounts of snow predicted. The holidays are finally over and a measure of peace has settled over Highway 20. From observations and reports, there may have been...
‘Bashful’ snowfall probably won’t make us ‘Happy’

‘Bashful’ snowfall probably won’t make us ‘Happy’

By Bob Spiwak I’m writing this close to midnight Sunday after the Green Bay Packers lost a close game a few hours ago. The announcers shivered in their open booth at Lambeau Field. Days before the game, weather pundits ranging from the Weather Channel to local news predicted the second-coldest game in history at Green...