Winter Storms at FoxDog Farm

Storms Happen and We Get Wet at the Farm

The original storm webpage was just about the storm of Dec 1-3, 2007. However, in the couple years since that time we've experienced some pretty weird weather for Puget Sound. 2008 featured far colder than normal weather during the winter. We had heavy snow and very cold temperatures. In the field the garlic did fine under the snow blanket in December 2008. But that melted and we got even colder temps. The early varieties of garlic died when we got down to 9F at night in mid January 2009. 9F!!! Like this was North Dakota or something! And it snowed again in late February 2009. We'd already started work in the garden and early plants were starting to grow, and it snowed. Yeesh.

Since 2009 we haven't had any really big bad storms. It snows some, but melts within a day, and we haven't had the super flooding storms. In fact, Winter 2015 hasn't seemed to exist at all. It's far warmer than normal, and this trend continued into Spring and Late Spring.

The Storms of 2008 and Early 2009

The Storm of Dec 1-3, 2007

The big snowfall was supposed to be on 1st December. We were gone for most of that day, and where we were, it snowed. However, once we made it through the icky slippery wet snow back home, we found most of the snow melted off and the temperature rising, with the snow switching to rain. But that was December 1st.

December 2nd dawned with all the snow melted and the temperature hovering around 38. By 8:30 am the temperature had fallen to 33 and the snow was pelting down. It snowed hard, all day and into the night. The snow pics below were taken mostly from our upstairs windows, some from our back porch. They were taken about 9:30 am. By the time the snow stopped we had another 3 or 4 inches.

At around 10 pm at night the temperature had WARMED UP to 47 or so. Very strange. It kept rising through the night, and in the early morning it started to rain, and rain, and rain, and rain. We received a little under 5 inches in 24 hours. Unheard of for here!

Flooding of our driveway, our goat barns and our higher fields was a real concern. We have contingency plans, but they consist of letting the goats into the garage, or loading them into the truck for a journey to my parents. But, my parents live at the foot of the Olympics and were getting flooded themselves. So much for that plan. I knew it was bad when I could hear ducks quacking from inside the bucks' barn...

One thing that strikes me in reviewing these pics. The water is clean, not muddy, not full of sewage. For that we are thankful. As everyone should be aware, sewage flowing across farmland is bad news (remember the spinach problems in CA?), whether it comes from sewage treatment plants or feed lots for cattle. The water was flowing fast, which isn't visible in the pics. It was raging down the drainage ditches, and it had filled the fields all the way to the road which runs behind the trees at the bottom of these pics. I wouldn't have tried to walk down there.