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Typical Fall Weather

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Several years ago when I told people I planned to move to Oregon many wondered why I would want to move to a place where it rains all the time.  Well, based on The Willamette Valley, which is one of Oregon’s many diverse eco-systems, the area has what is called a Mediterranean climate.  It has warm dry summers and cool wet winters.  When we compared the typical rainfalls and summer/winter temperatures it was very similar to where we were living.

The winter rains start sometime in October generally and today is a good example of a typical “winter weather” day.  When I left my house to drive to the farm it was raining, but as I headed south, the skies seemed to be lighter.  I was hoping the rain would stay to the north.2014-10-26 08.19.33

I was working inside the high tunnel at first, packaging up vegetables ordered for the Monday delivery, but then the farmer needed me to clean the leeks. Leeks get dirty any time, but when a leek with a diameter of 1.5 inches has a 5 inch mud ball, it takes a while to clear.  So, I grab a chair, a couple of bins, a clipper, and a hose and get to work. I was out there cleaning for about an hour and in that time the weather did this:

FIRST the clouds rolled in from the northwest.2014-10-26 10.57.34But as the rain started, the sun was shining from the southeast.2014-10-26 08.19.38So I then enjoyed a typical rainy Oregon day event.

2014-10-26 09.47.50You just have to know how to dodge the drops!

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I moved to McMinnville a few years ago and was impressed with its friendliness and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. I write several blogs. GoingPlacesLivingLife is my personal blog related to travel, food and just general thoughts. Can-Do Real Food tells about my business processing local produce from small farms and preserving it by canning and dehydrating. The concept of Zero Waste appeals to me because we can truly reduce what gets tossed into the landfill with very small changes in our lifestyle. Join us.

8 thoughts on “Typical Fall Weather

  1. The photo of the barn with clouds behind is definitely “post card” quality. You should enter it in a photo contest.

    • It is surprising what can be caught with the phone camera. Sure helps not miss opportunities just because I don;t have the SLR with me. Can you see me working at the farm…in the rain…with the good camera?

  2. Beautiful photos. Surely you’re living in “God’s country”

    • It is continually providing lots of eye candy. This area is wonderful. I keep reminding myself we are as far from Portland as where you and I grew up from NYC…what a gorgeous difference!!

  3. Cape Blanco had wind gust up to 94 mph during Saturday’s storm: http://www.wheelingit.us/2014/10/26/a-rock-nroll-goodbye-cape-blanco-or/
    We visited in the aftermath. It’s some pretty exciting stuff.

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