Another SNOW DAY!

No School again!  Yipeee!  (not that I don’t like school, of course)

  Whatever will I do?

The winds feel ferocious outside.  The drifts are bigger than I’ve ever seen them here in Haines–but nothing like the drifts in Barrow, or Unalakleet–which can get HUGE drifts over night.weather satellite03_06_2007

I need to buy a new shovel and uncover the tank in the back of the house before the snow gets hard to dig.

Holly has already started the laundry–yesterday we deep cleaned the kitchen and I worked on taxes.  Today I also want to take some shots around town of the various houses and buildings in the snow–maybe I’ll do some drive-by shootings.

It’s warmer than yesterday, but the visibility is lower.  Here’s a paste:

Detailed Local Forecast

How to Read This

  • Today: Windy. Snow this morning will mix with rain at times this afternoon. High 38F. Winds NNW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of precip 70%. Snow accumulating 4 to 6 inches.
  • Tonight: Cloudy with rain and snow. Low 34F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 80%.
  • Tomorrow: Cloudy with rain and snow. High 39F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 70%.
  • Tomorrow night: Rain and snow in the evening transitioning to snow showers late. Low 29F. NE winds shifting to NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precip 60%.
  • Thursday: Rain mixed with snow. Highs in the low 30s and lows in the upper 20s.
  • Friday: Chance of a few snow showers. Highs in the upper 20s and lows in the low 20s.
  • Saturday: Snow showers possible. Highs in the upper 20s and lows in the mid 20s.

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Keep warm, and find something productive to do.

We’re staying Busy!

Luke Painting Holly did some water painting with the boys (mostly with Mark, age 4).  Luke helped a bit too. 

They also listened to a Lenard Bernstein production of Peter and the Wolf with the full orchestra.  Mark instantly named all the characters when he heard their melodies, which is cool.  You can perhaps see the snow in the corner, which is about 5/8 up the window.

IMG_0092 I’m backing up about 150 gigs worth of photos for the year onto my new eSata 750 GB HD using a firewire 250GB Maxtor drive as the source.  I’m just about to head out to Lutak Lumber to get the new shovel I’ve needed for more than a week.  If ever there was a week in which I’d need a shovel, this is it!

It’s a SNOW day!

It’s not that I don’t like school.  I like school as much as the next person.  It’s just that this is the first day off from school we’ve had in what seems like an unusually wintery winter.


This is the first day school has been canceled in a long time.  The last time was in my first or second year in Haines–I wish I knew the date now.  As I recall, I had a heck of a time getting out of my long driveway on small tracts spur, but eventually made it.  When I made it to school, there was no one there at first, but soon after that, Fontenot pulled up and then shortly after that we discovered there was no school.  Boy, did we ever celebrate.  Not that we don’t like school.

So what did we do?  Did we sit around grading papers?  Did we write up lesson plweather map 1 march 2007ans for the rest of the week?

Nope.  We went to the video store to rent a few movies, then bought some pizza, pop, and other party supplies and went to my house to kick back and have some fun.

Here’s the weather for the day from yahoo.com:


Detailed Local Forecast

How to Read This

  • Today: Periods of snow. Very cold. High around 20F. Winds NW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 70%. Snow accumulating 3 to 5 inches.
  • Tonight: Variably cloudy with snow showers. Low 18F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulating 1 to 2 inches.
  • Tomorrow: Snow during the morning will mix with rain at times during the afternoon. High 38F. Winds NNW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precip 70%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.
  • Tomorrow night: Periods of rain and snow. Low 34F. NNW winds shifting to ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 70%.
  • Wednesday: Rain and snow. Highs in the upper 30s and lows in the upper 20s.
  • Thursday: Mix of rain and snow. Highs in the upper 20s and lows in the mid 20s.
  • Friday: Chance of a few snow showers. Highs in the low 30s and lows in the low 20s.

The weather doesn’t look too bad when you look at the weather map.  What seems to have made this weather worse than other snowfall we’ve had this winter is that the snow started falling very heavily EARLY this morning  and is forecast to continue snowing heavily through the morning.  I’ve heard that we’re supposed to get 20 inches (or at least Juneau is) by noon.  Juneau canceled school for Monday yesterday.

In the satellite view up above, it looks like the snow is swirling around from the NE, to my untrained eye.

This is the first day school has been canceled in a long time.  The last time was in my first or second year in Haines–I wish I knew the date now.  As I recall, I had a heck of a time getting out of my long driveway on small tracts spur, but eventually made it.  When I made it to school, there was no one there at first, but soon after that, Fontenot pulled up and then shortly after that we discovered there was no school.  Boy, did we ever celebrate.  Not that we don’t like school.

So what did we do?  Did we sit around grading papers?  Did we write up lesson plans for the rest of the week?

Nope.  We went to the video store to rent a few movies, then bought some pizza, pop, and other party supplies and went to my house to kick back and have some fun.

Here’s the weather for the day from yahoo.com:


Detailed Local Forecast

How to Read This

  • Today: Periods of snow. Very cold. High around 20F. Winds NW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 70%. Snow accumulating 3 to 5 inches.
  • Tonight: Variably cloudy with snow showers. Low 18F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulating 1 to 2 inches.
  • Tomorrow: Snow during the morning will mix with rain at times during the afternoon. High 38F. Winds NNW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precip 70%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.
  • Tomorrow night: Periods of rain and snow. Low 34F. NNW winds shifting to ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 70%.
  • Wednesday: Rain and snow. Highs in the upper 30s and lows in the upper 20s.
  • Thursday: Mix of rain and snow. Highs in the upper 20s and lows in the mid 20s.
  • Friday: Chance of a few snow showers. Highs in the low 30s and lows in the low 20s.

The weather doesn’t look too bad when you look at the weather map.  What seems to have made this weather worse than other snowfall we’ve had this winter is that the snow started falling very heavily EARLY this morning weather03_05_2007 and is forecast to continue snowing heavily through the morning.  I’ve heard that we’re supposed to get 20 inches (or at least Juneau is) by noon.  Juneau canceled school for Monday yesterday.

In the satellite view up above, it looks like the snow is swirling around from the NE, to my untrained eye.

Cold House!

As soon as I made that last post, I ran a quick errand, then I came back in the house and the Toyostove was flashing CL 02, which means no fuel. Wow.

I called Nishan. He had two five gallon jerry-jugs of #1 diesel he loaned me, so I went to his house immediately to get the fuel. I need to get those filled back up tomorrow and back to him. I broke the pouring spout off the top of one of the lids, perhaps you know what I’m talking about, the accordion looking translucent plastic funnels that fit the large holes just right. It was stiff and snapped instead of bending. Thankfully, I had one more spout with which to pour on the other jerry-jug.

So I need to get those two jugs filled up, and then buy myself two like jugs and fill them up and label them “Davis #1D” to keep laid by in store for emergency use just like he does.

Now I need to:

1)  call Delta Western and get fuel

2)  get a new shovel

3)  refill the jerry jugs

4)  buy my own jerry jugs and set them aside for emergency use.

That’s it for now.

Need Fuel Oil soon.

This is my first post in a while.  It’s cold out and blowing.

Click Here! CNN weather link

I haven’t had our fuel tank filled since December.  I hadn’t even thought about it since January.

I talked to Nishan tonight at the church potluck and he said I should get my fuel tank filled as soon as possible, because if it gets low, chances are there will get to be water in the line and then the stove will work intermittently for 1-2 weeks—not a good proposition in this kind of weather.  Recently he had a toyostove that had the fuel run out and it’s been quite a few days of watching to make sure it kicks back on after the fuel line gets clogged.

So, tonight after the potluck, I went out back and dug a trail to the tank then uncovered the top of it.  I don’t think that the tank has been filled since December. With a 275 gallon tank at 80-100 gallons a month, you can see why I’m a bit nervous about it all of a sudden, having thought about it and been warned about it.

I’m going to try to call them in the morning.

Also, the very top of the tank may need to be brushed off or something, but it’s pretty clear right now. The main thing I want to make sure we do is get that tank filled up again. I destroyed my plastic grey shovel when I hit the tank. So I need a new shovel now too.

The Day After Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 26, 2005
The Day After Thanksgiving

It’s been a busy couple of days.  I’ve taken numerous shots of washouts and other thanksgiving events.

On the day after Thanksgiving, I left Holly, Mark, Luke, sister Betty, and brother-in-law Cliff to decorate the house for the Holidays while I went out Lutak Road to shoot the destruction done by the recent flooding which was quite extensive. An Excavator was busy doing culvert work while I was there and a few other people should up to check out the scene.

Next I went to Marilyn’s rental house where diverted water from the Mud bay road closure added tons of rocks and debris to the yard and water soaked the house interior. I asked her, “Did the rocks come down all at once, or did it come gradually?”

She said, “It started around 6 pm, when it was pitch dark and raining outside.  The water came into the house.  I tried to squeegee it out for a while, but just couldn’t keep up with it after a while….  I heard the rocks tumbling down the hill all night… I had to go upstairs to get some sleep…  Most of the water is gone now but earlier I had to wear my boots and the water was up to here… (indicating a place about half-way to the knee.”

Wow what a mess.  The fire wood in the wood shed was washed out to the beach and further, then it was replaced by 4-6 feet of rock and stone.  It’s mind boggling to contemplate the tonnage of rocks moved by that little stream.  The van next to the house was nearly burried.

Later that night, we went to the Lighting of the Library.  I took pictures, Holly entertained the kids, and Cliff and Betty looked after the boys. I’m going to try to line up more portraits for the December 10th sitting at the Library.

Luke is asleep now, and everyone else is out on a walk.