Hey, kids! It's that time of year again, where your (relatively) humble blog author waxes crabby about the weather! Except it isn't that time of year. Except that it is. Yeah, weird. Normally November in western Oregon is "falling leaves and decaying jack-o-lanterns that haven't been thrown away yet time of year". Not "skate sideways at 10mph on the way home from early job time of year." And certainly NOT "Hey, that garbage truck is getting sideways and headed right for me!" time of year. Thankfully it WAS "Ha! That garbage truck curbed it like a moron before he plowed into me" time of year.
See, most years we get a trifling amount of snow that melts almost immediately. This happens once or twice per winter and the kids get all jazzed about sledding and stuff. Then it is melted and gone before the little 'uns have even figured out how to put on their snow gear. **Nelson Muntz laugh har-har** Last year we had a gnarly cold snap, but it was dry. So we actually went a whole winter with no snow. So snow is a pleasant yet fairly rare event around here.
Maybe some old timer remembers better than me, but I can't recall it EVER snowing on the valley floor in November. Until last night. It was only an inch or so, but the roads were already wet from earlier rains. They froze up and now we have us a little of this:
Except this is from Seattle 2 years ago and we aren't quite as stupid as those stupid Seattle hippie dips. So our little ice day has so far been neither this exciting nor this ridiculous. But it is really darned slick out there. That garbage truck tried to turn left in front of me but ended up continuing to go straight. Sideways. Broadside. Abeam. Whatever you want to call it. I got a real good look at the truck's profile before he hit curb and stopped. Missed me by about 10 or 12 feet which seems like a lot. But it really isn't. When 60,000 lb trucks are doing pirouettes close enough that they're in Shaq's jump-shot range, that's a little snug for this guy's taste.
Then the best part is, we have an expected high today of only 30. So it probably won't thaw. And even if it does thaw it won't evaporate. And then with tonight's expected low of 15, it'll be like the zamboni just came by and smoothed out the ice for us. If this is what November has for us, man, January is going to be crazy.