This was a record breaking storm event for us. Huge amounts of wet/heavy snow followed by an ice storm.
The first shot is a Medical clinic in Tacoma. Tacoma NEVER get's this much snow, literally. This was a recond! You can see how deep the snow was in the second pic. Remember this is WASHINGTON state, just south of Seattle. We don't get much snow...
I'll have to search my phone's camera for a few more shots.
This year I am getting way more requests for bids so now I'm looking to get another plow for an old 1987 F250 that I have and a de-icing system. It's such a crap shoot here on the weather. It makes is tough to make an investment in hardware for a side business and to figure out which clients to take on. The elevation changes make it difficult. Most of the Puget Sound area is low lying, below 500' and the marine air keeps it warm (just about freezing) most of the winter. But if it get's cold AND we get moisture below 500' it DUMPS. Most people here run all season tires at best and very few people know what to do with snow. A friend of mine was stranded on I-5 for 9 hours. 6 lanes each way and people would give up, get out of thier cars and walk, planning to come back and get them later! Seriously people! Picture snow in San Franciso though. Hills all OVER. In Seattle, you could start sliding down a road and not stop for 10 blocks. I live in Bonney Lake which is a little over 500'. There is a ridge about 40 miles long going north-south that takes us straight from 100' to over 500' in about 1/2 mile. That ridge and elevation is good for about 3-5 degrees difference in temperature as the marine layer of air gets blocked. I have some customers in Carbonado at just over 1000'. This is the level where most storms drop to. I had (got) to plow there during 4 storms this winter vs 1 in Tacoma. I also have a cabin and a client up near Crystal Mountain ski resort. We are at 2000' and only 30 miles from my house. Up there customers don't call unless we get over a foot at a time... It's crazy trying to figure out how to have enough manpower and equipment to get to customers yet not go broke leaving money in the driveway that doesn't get used.
Here are a few pics of the ice. This fell the very next day on TOP of all the snow that was still on the ground.
The second pic is at my house with some branches coming down on my 4Runner.
The third pic is my driveway. The Arborvities became "Bendavities"
The fourth are some branches coming down on the old Mustang.
The 5th is a Japenese Maple by my Koi pond.
i actually got stuck in seattle trying to get back to alaska when you guys had the huge snow storm. my uncle who lives outside seattle got 17" on his deck. it was crazy! i was flying back from Barrett Jackson in Scottsdale,AZ and ended up having to spend a night i did not plan to in seattle lol i had never seen snow there before so it was rather odd. but it got be ready to come home to -20 and tons of snow.
alittle update, the season is coming soon. i need to do alittle work on both the plow and truck. i lost my muffler last winter so that needs to be fixed and the plow needs a good servicing. hoping for another trouble tree plowing season.
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