Field Journal: Snow in Seattle

It’s not very often we get snow in the city of Seattle, and even less often we get multiple inches. But last night it started snowing and it was still coming down this morning. I measured four and a half inches on our deck rail early this morning. It continued coming down off and on throughout the morning and the trees were covered in snow. All the bare branches had a thick layer of white and a slight tap would bring it crashing down. The neighborhood kids were out immediately and everyone migrated to our park where there’s a sizable hill for sledding. A immature Bald Eagle was flying over the trees as we arrived and I heard it had been fishing in Lake Washington. Red-winged Blackbirds were calling form the white trees in the wetlands. As the kids sledded, we heard cracks and then watched two branches break…

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