Snowpocalypse!

Ok, I know I promised more on our desert road trip, but something happened… SNOW!  Besides, I just hit 100 followers on my site, so I want to celebrate with a special post on this very beautiful phenomenon that brings me such great joy.

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So, a few things.  First, we almost never get snow in this area.  Our summers are mild, and our winters are temperate.  Generally, it only gets really cold when the clouds clear (which they are reluctant to do in the wintertime) and all the heat escapes into the atmosphere.  Clouds act as a blanket that keeps us warm.  Therefore, it’s either warm and rainy or cold and dry; we seldom see precipitation when it’s cold.

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Rainy

Bonus!  I’m taking a quick break from the Japan posts and throwing an extra one out this week.  This is to talk about something near and dear to every Northwesterner’s heart: rain.

The Pacific Northwest has been pummeled by record rainfall this week, creating rivers in the streets and flooding in parking lots.  The storms have been quite hazardous, and I hope for everyone’s safety.  We are fortunate to live on a hill (though not so much to be in danger of landslides), and I work close enough to walk, so I can avoid the resulting traffic nightmare.

Rainy

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