Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Pineapple Express Has Arrived

The Pacific Northwest gets hit with the "Pineapple Express" about every other year. This results in a deluge of rain, and warm weather. It was 59F at 8am this morning. This results in the the snow level increasing to 7000ft. The problem lies in the fact that the rain melts the snow below this level, causing the threat of flooding for the multitude of rivers in Western Washington.

Two years ago, our town was evacuated. It's surprising how quickly 95% of your possessions can be relegated to the category of "it's just stuff", and left behind. Evacuating with two Alaskan Malamutes, a fat cat, and half a dozen horses adds to the complexity. But, with help, we managed. The town didn't flood, but only for the Grace of God.

I don't think the current frog strangler washing through the area is as bad as Jan. 2009, but one never knows what Mother Nature has in store for us.

So far, levels have stayed below predicted values. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, but not burying my head.


WomanWhoRunsWithHorses said...

Weather situations like that are exactly why we moved here from the Gulf Coast in 2006. The incidence of hurricane-prompted evacuations were a little more frequent than the Pineapple Express. To make matters worse, we had half a dozen horses and a three-horse stock trailer. Traffic in Houston is heavy in the best of times. During hurricane season, it is gridlocked in a matter of hours with evacuees. No, I don't miss it a bit.

I hope you fare as well as you did in 2009. Keep us posted.

Buck said...

...but not burying my head.

Good ideer, that. Stay safe, Br.

BSOTF said...

Wow, I hope you are safe! Where we live it's not anything like a pineapple,,,more like the polar Express. Either way it's not fun to deal with, but we make the best of it. We just have 3 more months to go & spring will be here again for all of us. Thanks for sharing this with us so we could all learn about the pineapple express!

Kipp said...

You are correct - "stuff" can be replaced. Keep alert.

The Real Housewife of Greensboro said...

Wow and I thought getting 2 dogs, 6 cats, and some guinea pigs to safety during a tornado warning was bad. LOL I'm glad you are safe along with all of your animals. :)

Escorts said...

Wow, I hope you are safe!