Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Dom, I found your missing snow.
I can't recall ever seeing this much snow on the valley floor in March. Ever. It caught me off guard this morning. We've been having snow, but no snow had been despicable enough to actually stick around. Today it stuck...and it stayed all day long.

The view out my front door this morning
The view out the back
Frosty pink blossoms
I thought surely the snow would melt by afternoon. Alas, no.
My commute home

No, I didn't ride today :)
The street I live on never quite cleared.
Our plum tree will not survive this spring. When I got home this evening we had found that most of the major limbs had split, and the few that hadn't fallen showed signs of splitting at any moment. The above photo was taken this morning.

On a happier note the neighborhood kids must have found something to do with their day off. We rarely get enough snow for a snow man this big. 



  1. The snow started by two am this morning in Corvallis and it hasn't stopped all day. It is still going strong. Climate change is alive and well in the Willamette Valley.

    Sorry about your plum tree. We too have many tall shrubs that are not going to survive the heavy snow. We'll find out how bad tomorrow afternoon when the rains return and the snow melts.

    The title of your post is perfect.

    1. Thankfully it's finally melting - hooray!
      I'm happy to see it go, but must say it was pretty on my commute this morning. The sun was hitting the fields just right. Alas no pics.

  2. You got to be kidding me. Is that photo-shopped? I am glad that you weren't riding today, my dear. Sorry to hear that the plum tree won't make it.

    1. Ha! I wish it was photoshopped! :)

  3. Oh my word!! That is an huge accumulation of snow for your area. And spring was looking so promising until today. Im sorry about your plum tree. I lost a Global Willow the same way. Hopemit clears up soon.

    1. It's melting as I type! :)
      What's really unusual is how late in the year it is. We've had some good snowfalls in the past, but not in late March

  4. Don't give up on the plum tree, you might be able to bolt the split closed, I have seen many trees bolted together with redi-rod and do very well. Please call an arborist first, with a little pruning you might be pleasantly surprised and save such a pretty tree.

    1. Ron and I are both from families that solved all tree problems with chainsaws. Most women in my family get panicked when we hear the menfolk fire up the chainsaw. God save us when they think they need to prune something! ;)

      I don't know if it can be saved or not. It's multiple splits, almost like it exploded from the inside. I'll see if I can get someone out. It would be wonderful if it could be saved. So do you know any good arborists? :)

  5. BlueKat:

    every year I look forward to snow photos. You should go out and snap a few before it melts. Maybe even try some "free range" walking.

    sorry about your plum tree. Perhaps Troubadour can make it better

    Riding the Wet Coast

    1. I love snow photos, but I hate to go out in the wet cold! I think I took a couple of snow pics back in '82. :)
      It was really pretty this morning on my way to work, but I didn't have time to stop.

  6. Bluekat....yep, that's the snow I've looking for. I hope the plum tree is fixable.

    In deference to the tree, I'll not comment on the weather we're having.


    Redleg's Rides

    Colorado Motorcycle Travel Examiner

    1. Yes, but you'll post about it, and I will be compelled to read it anyway :)

  7. Oh no! Real snow. Boo! I am so sorry about your plum tree. I so enjoyed seeing all of those pretty pink blossoms.

  8. I love the pink blossoms too. They're one of my first signs of spring. Now I'm waiting for the Cherry to bloom. It seems to have weathered the storm unscathed.

  9. Nooooooooooooo.....much as I enjoy the white stuff, it is not welcome once the trees start to blossom/bud.

    Hope that the tree is able to recover

  10. Hi Martha,
    I agree. I'm so done with the white stuff! Our tree will recover. I'll probably do a post in the next few days with an update. :)