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toolman    Posted 05-18-2003 at 10:41:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
well we got your snow that you were getting yesterday, started at 2.30 last night, got up this morin 3 plus inches, couldn,t belive it, oh well don,t have to mow the lawn , suns out now and everything is still all white, is there anything that ya plant and grow in

Rusty    Posted 05-19-2003 at 06:32:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I planted barley in that snow storm & again yesterday in more snow. Neither lasted long.

Willy-N Snowmen!    Posted 05-18-2003 at 14:37:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
You could plant snow men? We got hail after the snow left then high winds and now it is cloudy out but 50+ degs? Even had lightning too that day? Mark H.

Hal/WA    Posted 05-18-2003 at 23:48:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have been thinking back to a May 18th, 20 years ago. My sister who lives near Seattle called in the late morning to tell me that Mount St. Helens had blown its top. A few hours later a huge black cloud could be seen approaching from the West. It was darker than any rainstorm cloud I had ever seen. When it got overhead, it got almost as dark as night and there was a strong sulfur smell in the air. Dust and small particles of sand began to drop out of the sky like rain, but it was extremely dry. Over the next few hours my area South of Spokane got over 2 inches of accumulation of the volcanic ash. Other areas to the South West, like Ritzville got much more ash dumped on them.

The power stayed on and TV and radio kept broadcasting, but traffic on the roads was almost nonexistant. People were urged to stay home, since any movement by vehicles caused extreme dust-outs. There were reports of vehicle air cleaners plugging up in 10 miles of travel. Lots of engines were ruined by the ash getting into them.

For the next couple of days, people's efforts around here were mostly confined to cleaning up the ash or otherwise dealing with it. I found that the best thing I could do was wash it off of things with a water hose and at least get it out of the air. On the 3rd or 4th day after the ash fall, it rained quite a bit and road travel resumed.

The ash did a number of things. I never saw a summer with less bugs--they just were gone, apparently killed by the ash. It was also very hard on the bird population and probably other wild animals. On the other hand, I never had a garden do as well as the one I had that summer. The 2 inch coating of ash must have had something in it that helped my garden soil.

Even now if I dig someplace that has never been disturbed since 1980, I can see the layer of ash that is very evident--it is a light color. But I think that there have been other similar eruptions and ash falls, as all of our soil has a similar texture and appearance to the ash layer, except for the color.

This year has had weird weather--very cold in October, but then no real winter. The Spring has been pretty cold, with the last week almost seeming like Winter. Although we did not get any snow, it has been below or around freezing every night and very near the record low temperatures. No cherries this year! And it will probably hurt the apple blossoms too.

You never know what kind of weather you will get during the Spring in Eastern Washington. But I hope I never see another volcanic ash cloud again!

katie    Posted 05-18-2004 at 10:58:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Im doing a project on mount st helens i like what you wrote about it i found it very useful thankyou :)

Chuck, WA    Posted 05-19-2003 at 07:57:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hal...I lived in Klamath Falls, OR at the time. We didn't get much...just a light dust, but my Sis in Spokane got lots...recall her telling me abut hubby on the roof trying to clear it to take the weight off the roof. Remember driving up 395 to Spokane for years and still seeing the ash alongside the highway. Also recall the flap over the damage it would do to crops...don't recall hearing anything but better crops that year.

Early one morning a few weeks later I was in Salem, OR, picking grapes in a U-pick vinyard, when it blew again. It was foggy, so didn't see much, but the accumulation of dust on the grapes - even more or less upwind from it - during the half-hour or hour was noticeable.

I had as much of it as I wanted...sure don't envy those of you who were in its path.

Willy-N I was on the West Side then!    Posted 05-19-2003 at 06:52:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I watched that baby blow I thought they dropped the big one! Seen the cloud rise in the shape of a mushroom and cussed because I knew I could not get my Cig lit befor the blast would hit. I was driving looking right at the spot when it happend. What a day to remember. I sold about 100.00 worth of Ash at the swapmeet in little bottles with lables on them. Thought I could make a killing in Calif but did not sell one. Got mad and said you guys would buy a pet rock but not a bottle of history? Got up and went back to Washington with my several hundred pounds of ash in my VW. Mark H.

Hal/WA    Posted 05-19-2003 at 21:42:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I still have a couple of hundred pounds of ash that I collected off my parents patio. Other people tried to sell little bottles of it, but I don't know how well they did. I gave a bunch of ash to my cousin, who was into ceramics at the time. She said it worked well as a glaze on some stuff she did.

I really think a lot of what makes up our topsoil in my area was once volcanic ash. The grain and hay crops were good that year, although I remember hearing about farmers complain about the dust harvesting. It was pretty abrasive and probably caused more wear on all the machines that year and maybe for several years after. I used about 10 air filters that summer and fall in my car. Lots of people claimed that their engines were ruined by the ash and there was a big insurance flap about it. Luckily my engines were fine. I did more or less wear out a lawn mower that year though.

It was history: the only volcanic explosion ever witnessed in the lower 48 states since the United States came to be. The scientists learned a lot about the Cascade type of volcano and hopefully warnings about another impending explosion will be heeded. There are lots of other volcanos in the chain, and one of the most active is Mt. Rainier. Luckily Mt. St. Helens is located in a mostly undeveloped area and the explosion itself, the mud flows and other effects killed very few people. If Mt Rainier exploded in a Westerly or Northerly direction, there could be many thousands of people killed and billions of dollars of damage done in the lower Puget Sound area. Could it happen? Yes, according to the geologists, as just that has happened before and it is not unusual for the Cascade volcanos to explode and then rebuild themselves with new lava flows over and over. Will it happen? I am sure the Scientists are monitoring all the volcanos for signs that activity may commence, so hopefully there would be sufficient warning for evacuation. I would not invest in property in that area though!

A very memorable time.....

Chuck, WA    Posted 05-20-2003 at 07:13:20       [Reply]  [No Email] might find the link below interesting.

Also, the "Latest Quakes" tab to the left of the "Volcanoes" tab is always interesting as it shows recent earthquakes and gives info on them. For example, closest to you, on 8 May, there was a 2.6 mag earthquake 53 miles north of Spokane. For me, a 1.8 mag quake that was less than 20 miles southwest of my place, and a couple of weeks ago, was one about half that far away - didn't feel either! :) Nevertheless, interesting.

Willy-N We had our first one after the house was built!    Posted 05-20-2003 at 08:02:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
A few years back Okanogan had it's first one in 20 years or so. Just had the house all done and being from So. Cal I knew what they were about. The big one that went thru Duval, WA bent our well casing out of line next to the house just after we sold the place. Sounded like Dinamite going off and scared the Sh** out of me when it happened. Bounced our trailer around too. When the one happened in Okanogan I could here it coming sounded like a Freight Train rolling towards the house. It went right under the foundation and the house barly viberated! It was loud but my house is right above Solid Rock and the ground could not realy move much. Made me a lot more happy that I moved and built my place over the right stuff! Mark H.

Popsicles maybe??    Posted 05-18-2003 at 11:27:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm sorry toolman:-)

It's been raining nonstop here again. I'll have to bring in some of my orchids that doesn't like too much moisture..

Take Care

toolman    Posted 05-18-2003 at 11:36:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
hey patria, nice to hear from you, i,ll trade the rain and warm for this snow an cold .lol

Patria / PR    Posted 05-18-2003 at 11:46:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
-" i,ll trade the rain and warm for this snow an cold .lol-"


That's an idea toolman..

For a week or two?

Think about it..:-)


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