Sunday, December 21, 2008

Arctic Blast 2008

I live in Portland, OR.

Yep, rain capitol of the world. But winters aren’t so bad because here on the valley floor we don’t see a lot of cold temperatures so we don’t get a lot of snow. If you’re a kid, that sucks. As an adult, that’s good because we have the only year round skiing in the lower 48 states just 2 hours away. The fun of snow without the hassle of living in it! Wohoo!

It’s not like Oregon is unfamiliar with snow though. Crater Lake gets more snow accumulation every year than anywhere in the world. Yes…the entire world. Weird. But Portland…well…if it snows, it’s as if a flippin’ comet just hit the city and anarchy rules.

For 8 days now it has been snowing. This would be the equivalent of Buffalo NY receiving 34 feet of snow in the same timeframe. Ok, we don’t even have a foot of snow on the ground…but it actually is close to that. Oh and with a layer of ice in there for fun too.

The thing about it is that I need to get onto the internet to find out what’s going on in the world. There is no other news being reported expect “The Artic Blast”. Every snow storm in Portland has a catchy name/title to it. I don’t know if they’re following the hurricane tradition or just being stupid.

It’s so irritating though. Twenty flakes of snow and they have a hundred news crews camped out at every strategic point in the city reporting on it. You can’t get anywhere by car because there are too many damn reporters out there clogging up the roadways!

The kids were out of school an entire week where I live. A full week! Man…if only I were a kid again. To get all these “in service” days AND snow days….I’d NEVER have to go to school here.

So yeah, I’m house-bound. I’ve got 10 inches of snow and ice and while I can easily get around because I’ve got one of those childish gas guzzelin’ SUVs with studded snow tires on that rip up the pavement all winter, it’s all the other idiots out there that make me stay inside instead.

We’re on holiday break for schools now and the media doesn’t know what to report on their little scrolling reader board that goes continuously while they count every damn snowflake that falls in the entire metro area. So now they’re listing businesses that are closed, garbage routes closed, Elk lodges closed, Little Johnny’s 8th birthday closed. I’m amazed what they’ll put on there.

And while it is impressive that Portland has had this much continuous snowy cold weather I know that a large part of the nation just laughs. But consider that Portland is fairly hilly and not accustomed to snow. It’s just a mess. And the media coverage is even more of a mess. And if I don’t get out of the house, I’m gonna be a mess. Time to head to the mountain and go skiing. They have 92 inches of snow on the ground there.

Here’s a photo looking out at the new development I’m in. Global warming….meh!

35 comments:

Quickroute said...

I feel for you man - send a little snow here - 35 celcius right now!

Jacki said...

We have had the crappiest weather out here in the DC area since Thanksgiving...tons of rain and a perma-cloud hanging over us. I'd probably pay to have a white Christmas.

Funny thing, I just read a travel article about Crater Lake last night. Looks beautiful out there.

ReformingGeek said...

Sheesh! It's a mess here, too, when we get that kind of weather complete with the stupid reporters and the silly closings.

I've actually skied Mt. Hood in June. I've skied Mt. Bachelor in November and you guys can keep that cement you call "powder". ;-)

Crater Lake IS beautiful.

Your post has me wanting to snow ski this year!

Enjoy.

Gnomeself Be True said...

The Gods of the big 3 are punishing you for not buying a large enough American vehicle.
"Do your part for man made global warming...or else!"

Actually, I think there must be a "climate change" converence in the area. Those things are always getting snowed out.

Kurt said...

"A new study by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) shows that storms will dump heavier rain and more snow around the world as earth's climate continues to warm in the next 100 years."

Gnomeself Be True said...

After all...what could be better proof of warming than cold weather?
Mother Nature is one diabolical bitch.

Practically Joe said...

You are invited to
Join the sing along at PracticallyWisdom.com

lime said...

yep, it's definitely the other yutzes that make me nervous om our roads....back country roads, windy and hilly with no shoulder....populated by aggressive and litigious new yorkers. what a recipe for disaster when it snows.

Roy Scribner said...

So bummed I'm missing this. I could be making a fortune right now, selling coffee to all of the news crews camping out in the west hills.

Micky-T said...

What a lonely looking house, I bet it wishes it had more houses nearby and a tree or two with maybe a shrub to make it feel a bit more .....homey.

GC (God's Child) said...

we are laughing with you

Quirkyloon said...

Yeah it's a mess here to in the Phoenix metro area!

Ugh, high today 65 faren...a little cloudy with some sun peeking.

I HATE IT!!

(well maybe not!)

MJ said...

It's 37 degrees here today. Yesterday it was about 57.
The day before, it got up to 81.
It's supposed to be 70 degrees and rainy on Christmas day.

I hate winter here.
I wish we had snow, so I wouldn't have to go to work. When it snows here, everything just shuts down, and everyone stays home - except for those few people who like to drive around and run into each other, causing the police to be very very pissed off to be out in the cold...

leelee said...

The only thing more bizarre than snow in Portland is snow in Miami(ya think???)...t'ain't happening here...its a balmy 75.

Enjoy your white Christmas. don't listen to the news...go out and play in it..make a fantastical VE snowman...and post the pic.

Have fun!

HUGS!

Megan said...

I bet Little Johnny is pissed. But maybe not, if he's getting out of school...

The Self-Deprechaun said...

I hope you stocked up on bread and water! I lived in Charlotte for a spell or so and when even an 1/8th of an inch fell on the ground, every thing shut down, the power, the hot water. I had to spend my time in late night Arby's to stay alive. Stay warm and if need be, find an Arby's or look at the pictures on my site to make you feel warm and good about your self.

Serena said...

It's cold as hell here -- 26 for the high today, between 8 and 14 tonight -- but at least we're not snowed in. I can't wait for Spring.:)

Giggle Pixie said...

I love, love, LOVE being snowed in - especially around Christmas!!

Seems there's alot of these snowstorms going around all over the country. I hope you'll enjoy it while it lasts!

:-)

Jeff said...

Don't belittle your snow, that's a respectable amount, even for a Minnesotan. I just wish they'd close something around here once in a while. It was -17 today (not including wind chill) and my kids still had to go to school. WTF!

Alex L said...

So jealous, just getting into summer here was 35c yesturday, I'll trade you.

Bee said...

Yep! It wasn't even winter until Sunday and the people here are already sick of it.

I think we are heading for another ice age so go out and buy all the snow boots you can.

Anette said...

Weather is a big topic in the news you know. In south of Norway (at least where I live) we don't usually get much snow(after norwagian standard), but when we do.. big topic! And the people up north laugh at our drama. But no school ever close down, and we all have two sets of tires to our cars, one for winter and on for summer. Merry Christmas Ve! Thanks for some good laughs!

Bunk Strutts said...

Whole lotta folks bit the big one on the global warming crap. We should be burning more fossil fuels to stave off the global cooling.

Matt-Man said...

I've seen the winter blast you have been undergoing on the news. I'd feel badly for ya, but I find it pretty damn funny. Cheers VE!!

VE said...

quickroute - Yeah, I was there in Buenos Aires two years this December. I always love 'visiting' this time of year but I know that gets old after awhile. Head over to Punta del Este for some beach action!

jacki - Yeah...you must have our permanent rain cloud and we have your perma-snow. Crater lake is beautiful...you won't find anything like it anywhere on Earth. Just remember, it's only open in the summer...and that doesn't count June.

reforminggeek - Yeah, the snow is pretty tough on Mt. Hood because it is like extreme mash potatoes most of the time. Yesterday though, it was as good as any snow in Colorado, Utah, or Idaho that I've ever skiid on. They said it had the lowest water content they've probably had. Still...the mountain is easily accessible every weekend and they do have some steep stuff so I can't complain.

gnomes be true - Yes, I must be getting punished. I tried to buy the oversized Suburban with the monster kit...I really did

kurt - A new study shows that studies tend to be contradictory and containing persuasive evidence toward whatever fact they want to prove.

gnomes be true - Ha! They didn't fool me though...I'm expecting the apocolypse next...

joe - Tricky...send me the invitation while I'm skiing. You knew that would both give me guilt for not showing up and saving your to-do with me not singing...

lime - I've had the fortune to be on your roads in the winter. I can just imagine them with snow...yikes.

roy - Ha! Perfect. I like your entrepenurial creativity. You'd be rich and retired now and could hire people to comment on your blog roll

micky-t - It is pathetic, isn't it? Here in the land of trees and I'm in a development that is a converted farm and they haven't gotten around to putting in the trees there either.

gc - Really? I was laughing AT me earlier. I'll switch and laugh with me too.

quirkyloon - Yes, rub it in. I'll be back in August with some fried egg recipes you can try on the asphault... ;)

mj - That's a wide range of temperatures. I think that would drive me crazy. Do you wear shorts or ski pants? Or both?

leelee - Yes, if you write about snow in your area...then the end IS coming... ha ha

megan - I knew you'd worry about little Johnny. Don't worry...he'll be glued to his computer games...he doesn't have any friends anyway.

self-Deprechaun - I'll make a note of that and get a map of all the Arby's in the area should I get stranded in a snow storm! Thanks!

serena - Sounds like our forcast but with 10 inches on the groud as well. It's still here too!

giggle pixie - It would be nice to have a white christmas. But it means I'll have to pick up the family since they all seem to have vehicle in-equipped to handle this. Uggh...

jeff - Well that's the embarrasing part of it...all the closures and mayhem. We've been dumped here with a foot before but it usually melts the next day or two. We still have 10 inches and snow has been here 10 days now. THAT is new to Portland.

alex - We should start up an every other week trade of stifling heat and freezing cold! Good idea...

bee - Yep...drop your stock in ice cream as well...

anette - Now see...I would have thought you'd have a lot of snow in Norway. Shows my lack of knowledge for Scandanavian countries. Part of my heritage is there and I travel a lot. I really need to visit.

bunk - I'm farting a lot more...does that help?

matt-man - Yeah, thanks a lot matt-man! It is kind of humorous too!

Starrlight said...

Once I got chains on my Corolla last week I was fine. Saturday? Fine. Sunday? Fine. Hell we went to a movie Sunday during the blizzard of doom.

Now yesterday? Yesterday I actually slid even with chains. I had to take my daugher to her dad in Aloha. He's totally snowed in with a Volkswagen Bug. The snow is compacted hard and covered with ice. Plus there are HUGE ruts on the main roads. My office was closed yesterday. Dunno if it is today but I am home anyway. If it snows again I'll drive again. Much easier to drive in snow that this ice crap.

VE said...

starrlight - Yeah...wasn't the ice a special frosting on the cake? I haven't had any trouble driving but I didn't try until it resnowed after the ice.

Starrlight said...

Yeah Saturday and Sunday were fine. Yesterday was colon tightening ;)

carlae said...

At our house here in Seattle we've had the snow now for 12 days....today the rain is here putting an end to the tv reporters over used 'snow kick'. It's a good thing I don't watch the tv very much, I'd now have to hear about all the flooding. dorks.
be safe and warm

VE said...

carlae - I hear ya. It's day 16 around here. Will this snow EVER leave?

Dee said...

everything you wrote is so true!
But you forgot to mention that here in the great NW road crews don't use salt on the roads. NO not here, it's bad for the environment! So we drive on sand over compacted snow and ice on hilly terrain. CRAZY!
hope you had fun skiing.

VE said...

dee - Yes, that is true. And we have the non-rusted cars to prove it!

Starrlight said...

Phht, ya rinse the under carriage once the snow melts. With the amount of times we would need to salt the roads here it's a non issue.

But of course it is SO much better for our trees to have us slam our cars into them than salt the road ;)

costume jewelry said...

can u leave ur phone number to me???

面对面视频游戏 said...

Can not think of a different culture, for some things, will also share the same view!