Really Snowing

Periods of heavy snow. Predictions for significant accumulation. Interesting weather!

Really Snowing
Really Snowing in downtown Olympia, Wednesday 23 February 2011

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This Mossback

has never seen Puget Sound weather like this. It goes from near white out to bright sun in 15 minutes.

Nice photo Berd. Shooting snow flurries generally is a waste of time but you have captured this one very well.

FLOD

The FLOD was several feet lower than usual today. Anyone know why?

Wild speculation

New Zealand mud snails. The good folks as the GA have been using freezing temps as part of their control efforts.

Yes

more information on the web: 

State lowers Capitol Lake to freeze invasive mudsnails

The water level at Capitol Lake will be lowered this week in an effort to control New Zealand mudsnails, an invasive species. The current cold-weather conditions provide an opportunity to kill snails by freezing them.

A draw-down of the lake in December 2009 showed that freezing is an effective method for killing mudsnails: test plots showed up to a 98 percent mortality rate over a five-day period.

The Department of General Administration, which manages the 260-acre lake, began lowering the water level around 1 p.m. on February 23. The lake will remain drawn down for several days, depending on weather conditions. No survey work or other mudsnail control testing will be done by the state during this draw-down.

Freezing is not expected to eliminate mudsnails from the lake. It is a control strategy for reducing the population. Mudsnails multiply quickly, can crowd out native species and threaten the long-term health of an infested body of water. They have no natural parasites or predators in the Northwest.

Because of their small size – about the size of a grain of rice when fully grown – the snails can be easily transported on the bottom of a boot or a dog’s foot pad and then accidentally introduced into another lake or river to begin another infestation.

The lake remains closed to boating and other uses until further notice because of the danger of spreading the destructive snails. They can live in either fresh or brackish water and can reproduce asexually, meaning that just one snail can introduce the species to a new area.

General Administration is working in coordination with the state’s Invasive Species Council, departments of Ecology and Fish and Wildlife, the City of Olympia and others to develop further snail control strategies.

For more information
Jim Erskine, GA Communications Office
(360) 902-7206, jim.erskine@ga.wa.gov

GA on the web: www.ga.wa.gov

Dear Lord

It's snowing hard again. There is close to a foot of snow in downtown OlyWa.

I didn't realize you had such little feet.

They make corks that tiny?

Ok ok I exagerate

  but there is a 8" cap on the streetlight outside my 5th floor window.

The point is:

WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!