It looks like the Pacific Northwest is getting clobbered by the tail end of an Asian typhoon. This explains why our weather forecast has become so vague, even contradictory lately (see Wood Push).
“The Pacific Northwest” as a regional identifier, much like “Cascadia,” sometimes means Alaska, but often excludes us. In this case, I’m just fine with the current exclusion. It looks like the region has had some rough weather already, with more to come.
Most of the storm will reportedly hit Washington, Oregon, and northern California, where, largely thanks to population density, it will cause major disruption. Apparently, much of Seattle has already lost power.
Here at the storm’s edge, we’ll be fine. In fact, it appears our forecast has leveled out some, at least to the point where I can sort out what we need to do about it. Yesterday, I brought all our currently cut firewood out of the forest down to the beach, where weakening sunshine and high winds drastically reduced its moisture content, as I’d hoped. I spent the rest of the day cutting beach grass for biofilter and sifting outhouse duff, two dry weather chores that may be postponed for a while, as rain and possibly snow move into the area. Today I’ll haul as much wood as possible off the exposed Power Point into the wood shed. It’s going to be another push, so I’d better get off line and get at it.
In the meantime, spare a thought for the Pacific Northwest. For some odd reason, we don’t get to name our storms on the west coast, even though we see hurricane force winds, as are predicted for this storm.