This a bit embarrassing about how a this massive snow storm was going to hit SW Idaho and the news blew it all out of proportion again! It snowed most of the morning in the Treasure valley and did not even stick to the sidewalks or roads because it got so warm (40 F.+) by 3:00 pm. The mountains got a lot of snow which is normal and needed for the spring and summer irrigation season. This is kind of the norms for winter snowfalls in the Treasure valley.
The over the top hype that any sort of weather event makes it very difficult to make plans to prepare. I’m sure you see the same sort of “Cry Wolf” type of hype in your area be it rain, hail, thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes. The weather service is naming snow storms, rather than how we named the winter of 1977 or that cold winter back in 1983. Heck even the Snowmegeddon of 2016 gives a good idea that we had a tough winter. I have no problem with informing people of bad weather and to be prepared and careful. This sort of hyperbolic scare tactics via the media just serves no purpose other than to scare and stress people. Then again perhaps that is the purpose of those “Headlines/Warnings”.
I have to say I like my little weather station with barometer. I won’t say it forecasts the weather, but between that station, my arthritis and my nose smelling rain or snow I’m probably making as accurate guess as the local news weatherman up to 48 hours out. Heck I can download the same radar/satellite cloud cover that the weathermen get daily. Oh I want to give some love to the Old Farmer’s Almanac folks as they have correct about the general weather for this winter across the entire USA. It’s amazing how 150-200 years of written observations might have some insight about forecasting the weather long term. You think the “Climate Change” folks would want to look at that data set.
I did prepare for this “storm” in making sure my front porch wood rack was full. That is about it as there was no forecast of several days of below 20 degree temps. I did not salt my front sidewalks. The wind is blowing in the 30-40 mph range and that could cause a power outage with downed lines so I’m getting laundry and vacuuming done. I have a fridge and 2 freezers out on the porch or in an non insulated shop so all food that should be cold should stay cold with little input needed from me. Heck I have been preparing for almost a decade, so a normal snow storm in winter should a non-event.
How many of you have noticed the Weather service, local news weatherman hyping any sort of “Weather” like it is the end times and not like the weather you saw as kids or from parents/grandparents? The Dust bowl of the 1930’s was brutal and it was not all caused by farmers. I remember back in the 1980 that the Mt. Ste. Hellen’s volcanic explosion would kill farming in the PNW and all that ash killed the bugs and Eastern Washington had a great wheat harvest. I wonder how many people benefit from adverce weather in a couple years after the EVENT. I understand the early Freeze was bad. I understand Midwest rivers flooding was bad. Is there a good side to the flooding? Is the adding silt from the river banks over flowing a good thing in the long run? I’m just asking because I don’t know that type of farming. I know flooding is generally bad in the short term of 1-3 years. (For every for a small farmer in debt) Is the land coming back and starting to produce?
Sorry this post is getting into the TLDR area. Start getting your seeds and planning your garden. Depending on your general frost date,you need to be starting those seed to start those “Cole Crop seeds” indoors in February/March.
I have sharpened my axe but I can’t seem to put a good edge on my hatchet. I think my sharpen angle is wrong for the hatchet. I have a ordered a new stone that has a guide to use for creating/maintaining a 15-20 degree angle. Not perfect but that new stone should help me in making a good edge on both knives and axes.