Winter is coming to Casa de Chaos! I was just puttering around getting wood on the porch fire wood rack. I raked up some leaves and saw this weather warning.
IDZ012-014>016-029-030-290530- /O.NEW.KBOI.WI.Y.0013.191029T1000Z-191029T1800Z/ Lower Treasure Valley ID-Upper Treasure Valley- Southwest Highlands-Western Magic Valley-Owyhee Mountains- Southern Twin Falls County- 209 PM MDT Mon Oct 28 2019 …WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO NOON MDT TUESDAY… * WHAT…Northwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph. * WHERE…Portions of south central and southwest Idaho. * WHEN…From 4 AM to noon MDT Tuesday. * IMPACTS…Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Small tree limbs could be blown down. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Wind chill will be near zero Tuesday morning. Light snow is also expected with local blowing and drifting snow, slick roads, and reduced visibility. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.
SW Idaho tends to get unpredictable weather being a convergence zone of three different wind patterns. Warm weather coming up from SW/ California. A Pacific wind/moisture pattern from the west that is absorbed by the Blue Mountain range in Oregon and Washington. We can get cold weather that comes out of the Arctic and travels down the West side of the Rocky Mountains. It all depends on pressure fronts and how the high Jet stream winds are blowing. This is the biggest reason it is so hard to predict local weather in Idaho.
Normally I don’t worry to much about wind storms, as my home is well protected by the homes and trees in my neighborhood. The last little wind storm that blew through last week had a minor affect on my home, so I got all the wood tarps tied and weighted down. I filled up the wood rack and got some of the raked up leaves into the garbage bin rather than wait to see how the storm would blow the collected leaves around the yard. There is a feeling in the air with a storm is coming and you need to stocked up and get a little bit better prepared for a few days. Not because the storm is all that dangerous, I just don’t want to have to get fire wood when there is 0 degree F. wind chill. I don’t expect any problems as the wind will end early in the day and most of the snow will melt off this week. It is always nice to have a little storm to test your basic winter preps.
It seems I have under estimated the amount of fire starters needed by myself and Mom this fall. Both of us tend to start a fire as needed as the days cool down, rather than keeping the fire going all day in the Fall. Not a huge problem this early into the fire wood season. Mom has over 45 fire starters and I have about 60 on hand so I have at least 30 days to make more fire starters. Worse comes to worst, we can start fires with a bit of news paper like we did before I made the fire starters.