Lots of ice yesterday; here are a few pictures of just one section of the driveway.
After the chainsaw work:
There are a couple short videos of the trees falling on my Facebook page: Luckily it only took me 1.5 hours to cut my way out to the road. But part of it had to wait until 11pm last night once the ice had fallen off the trees and I wasn’t in danger of being crushed. I ended up with about 3/4″ of ice at home. Some folks in the Gorge are just now up to freezing; but here at the far west end it’s all gone since temps rose into the 40s around 8pm. There are spikes of broken trees sticking up all over. Alders tend to just break off, the trees in the pics below were black locust, they just came over roots and all. This is the most damage I’ve had in the 10 years I’ve been living in this spot. Not sure why because I’ve had thicker ice. It’s possible that we just haven’t had a heavy ice coating in several years so it was just time for some “pruning”. Also, did you notice the mainly bare driveway? Even at 28 degrees during the night the driveway and most pavement didn’t freeze. I haven’t seen that before; most likely due to the warm day on Friday.
And for Jason (who comments here), whew! I got lucky, the trees just missed crashing on top of that new wellhead!
That’s under the plastic cover.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen