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.
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: