Ice, falling trees, and alll the schools are closed
December 15, 2016 10:08am CST
It happens just about every winter in western Oregon. Rain falls steadily for a day or two, temperatures hover near freezing. When night comes, the thermometer drops somewhere below freezing and many tall trees are overcome by the weight of the ice. They topple, falling on roofs, cars (in driveways and on streets), occasionally on cars with people in them. Power lines go down, power goes off in parts of town and we are all warned to stay inside. Some downed power lines are live and quite dangerous to touch. Schools close, businesses suffer and winter's bite is felt. Personally, we are fine and have power. Anne has a doctor's appointment this morning. She is about to call and see if the office will be open. I am not scheduled to work at the retail store today, but, then I was wasn't scheduled the last two days and they pleaded with me to come in. My daughter is okay in Portland, I think.She can work from home. Her biggest problem is getting that Chihuahua puppy out do it's thing. There is a woodpecker at my suet feeder and a hummingbird was waiting for the feeder I just put out. I hope that winter, or whatever season it is in your world, is being kind.
23 people like this
• United States
15 Dec 16
The ice on those tree limbs pose such a danger. We are at 1 degree here. Our son, age 32, sent an email from his office asking if we have any extra gloves here, and he said he thinks he needs some. Dude, buy some gloves! Of course we have them here. Yes, I can imagine the pup with little hair does not want to go out in the cold.
• Moses Lake, Washington
17 Dec 16
@JamesHxstatic I love and I mean love not living in a town. Way too close to people for me and yet getting around in the winter is plain plug ugly. Hubby reminds me that it was me that yarked until we moved from town. He reminds me quite often.
• Eugene, Oregon
16 Dec 16
I and many others feed birds and that helps, though I don't know how many will not make it. We have hummingbirds that stay all year and there are several using my feeders. This is early for this kind of cold weather.
• Riga, Latvia
15 Dec 16
I hate winters that are so harsh. However here in northern Europe we can expect most anything. I was hoping for a white Christmas but now they say we might not get any snow and the harshest weather always comes in January and February.