Roxy Ann: Between the Storms 02-Jan-2022

We’re going to take it as a good omen that the first two days of 2022 have been the two sunniest days we’ve had here since mid-December. ๐Ÿ˜Ž They were preceded by falling temperatures and howling snow storms and will shortly be followed by rising temperatures and torrents of magic sky water. ๐Ÿ˜Š Snow levels will vary, but it’s a good bet that this rain will soon send snow at lower elevations on its way to the sea. So we did a short stroll to absorb some sunshine and bid farewell to Roxy Ann’s surprisingly deep blanket of snow.

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Roxy Ann: Full Conditions 15-Dec-2021

The highest point in Scotland is Ben Nevis. At 1,345 m (4,413 ft), it’s not as tall as some mountains but, at 56ยฐ N, its gullies (and those on other Scottish mountains) “…presented a fearsome, icy sight in winter.” It was in these sinuous and confining gullies that the Scots, lead by the legendary Tom Patey, ushered in ice climbing’s modern era. At those more northerly latitudes, winter storms howling down out of the Arctic can beleaguer the poor ice climber with what came to be termed full conditions. ๐Ÿฅถ I’ve climbed in such conditions and do not recall the experience as being “fun” by any measure used by a sane person.

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Roxy Ann: Light + Fog 07-Dec-2021

Thus far, the powerful atmospheric rivers of wet and wind have all passed to our north. This has left the Bear Creek and Rogue River Valleys mired in fog and stagnant air for days and days. But nearby Roxy Ann Peak often pokes through these mists into sunshine. This morning we had time for a quick exercise walk around the peak’s loop road – which today circumscribed the border between the light above and the fog below. This walk on Pearl Harbor Day proved to be a spectral experience in an otherwise familiar landscape.

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Before the Deluge: Prescott Park 21-Oct-2021

After the hottest and perhaps one of the driest summers in Oregon’s history, we are apparently going to be swamped for days by a veritable river of moisture. A Class 5 atmospheric event! Buckets of magical sky water! This will certainly take the edge off the drought ๐Ÿ™‚ even if it might trigger floods in the burn scars left by this summer’s wildfires.๐Ÿ˜Ÿ The color scheme in the GOES 17 water vapor image above seems to capture the intensity of what’s coming our way.

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Big Sky Over Roxy Ann (Southwest Oregon) 29-Jul-2021

We’ve been having some peculiar weather lately (but then haven’t we all ๐Ÿ™„). First heat domes, drought, wind, and smoke. Now thunderstorms and rain – one whole day of rain! Today the atmosphere sought to combine heat, smoke, and incipient thunder clouds. The result turned a simple exercise hike up Roxy Ann Peak into a lot of sky ogling. I only had my phone along. It can’t do all the things my “real” cameras can but it does enough – and takes snaps good enough – to sometimes make me feel like a Luddite for still using those “real” cameras. Sigh. Now if I could just figure out how to make the phone’s camera filters make me look 30 years younger. And more handsome too. ๐Ÿค”

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