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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Playing in the Snow in Shorts and Flip Flops?
Several of you have asked some great questions this past week,
#2 If it is hot out, why doesn't the snow melt?
Snow is cold.
However . . .
#1. Mt. Baker (a 90 minute drive for us) has the World Record (1,140" = 95 feet) for annual snowfall, and they have broken their own World Record once or twice. They average over 700" (almost 60 feet) at the Ski Area every year.
#2 This past winter, the Mt. Baker Ski Area got over 800" of snowfall. This means that, over the course of about 6 months, it snowed over 65 feet. That is a LOT of snow.
#3 In March, it snowed over 260" (over 21 feet . . . in 1 month . . . in the Spring).
Therefore . . .
even though the snow does melt when the weather heats up,
there is a LOT of snow to melt.
Our part of the country does NOT have the typical "Heat Waves"
that the rest of you have experienced this year.
Our summer weather is typically between 70 - 80 degrees.
(It would melt faster if we had 100 degrees for a week or two.)
However . . .
we did see a LOT of difference in the amount of snow,
just in the 2 weeks between our most recent July excursions.
On our 2nd trip up to the mountain last month,
there was very little snow in the area that we had sledded 2 weeks before.
They had also opened up 2 roads that had been closed just 2 weeks earlier,
which meant we had a whole new part of the mountain to explore.
On both of our recent Snow Days,
it was 70-75 degrees out.
Many of you would still be wearing sweatshirts at that temp.,
so some of us do to.
Because the boys spend a lot of time falling,
while learning to snowboard,
they usually cover up a bit more.
(Getting wet tends to make you colder.)
And . . .
just so you know . . .
she wasn't really planning to take a hike . . .
nor was she planning to go sledding.
Somehow . . .
plans changed when she decided to get a closer look . . .
to find out what her crazy husband was up to.
And . . .
just for fun . . .
I've got to share just one more picture.
When they opened the road to the upper parking lot . . .
they had to find the bathrooms that were hidden under the snow.
If you want to take a trip out to the Pacific NW,
we'd love to take you up to our favorite mountain.