A little over an hour-and-a-half ago, at 1pm PST, the power was restored.
The first task was to see if the water pipes coming from the well had been frozen last night because the outside temperature went down to -8 C./18 deg F. Luckily they had not. However tonight they are forecast to drop to -10 C./14 F. So before coming in to see if the internet was restored the number one task was to run a power cord to the well house and leave a 25 watt old-fashioned lamp down near the water pipes.
Ten minutes ago I turned on my AppleMac and, hey presto, we are connected to that big, virtual world.
Then a quick download of my Gmail to discover that I have 17,262 unread emails awaiting me! (Sorry, I was just showing off. There’s no way that I am that popular!!)
However, the last three digits are correct: there are 262 unread emails.
So I trust you will understand why there will not be a ‘proper’ post at midnight PST, as per normal, but hopefully if everything holds up (including yours truly) then blogging should be back to the regular daily pattern come next Saturday.
Oh, by the way, the forecast for this weekend includes a risk of flooding. Medford National Weather Service have published a hydrological warning.
HYDROLOGIC OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD, OR 333 AM PST THU JAN 5 2017 ...Flood Potential Outlook for quick rises and possible flooding due to heavy rain and snow melt on creeks, streams, and rivers in the following counties in California...Modoc...Siskiyou and in Oregon...Coos...Curry...Douglas...Jackson...Josephine... .A series of frontal systems will move through the area this weekend through next week. The combination of recent heavy snowfall, rising snow levels, and periods of heavy rainfall will lead to run-off concerns beginning Sunday and continuing through early next week. An initial round of heavy rainfall this weekend will saturate low elevation snow pack leading to increased run-off. A second round of heavy rain Tuesday through Thursday will lead to another period of substantial run-off next week.
Lost for words!