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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Freezing Fog

Well, we are still continuing to have our share of weather problems. First it was the 80 plus inches of snow in December and now we are having a different type of weather. Below freezing temperatures , freezing fog, light drizzle and air inversion advisories dominate the weather news.

In the outlying areas of Spokane County and in parts of the Northern counties of North Idaho the freezing fog is posing a real problem with the power comanies. The fog freezes to the power lines weighing them down and causing the power lines and poles to snap. Several thousand customers are without power and there is no timetable as to when power will be restored.

Power crews have been working on the lines but it is a slow process and as soon as some lines are fixed and power is restored others have been snapping. Also some trees are being felled due to the weight of the heavy amounts of ice.

The weather man says this we are almost at the end of this round of weather and the weekend should bring higher temperatures, snow and maybe a little sunshine.

Eastern Washington produces a lot of its own electricity. Grand Coulee Dam is one of the largest dams in the world and provides electricity to eleven western states and provides irrigation to approximately 500,000 acres of farmland in the Columbia Basin. It is billed as the 8th Wonder of The World.

If you are in the Pacific Northwest seeing it should be on your "To Do" list. From Memorial Day to Labor Day there are tours and a Laser Light Show daily.

Here are the Top "10" Facts About The Dam

Largest concrete dam in North America.
3rd largest producer of electricity in the world.
Length: 5,223 ft.; Height above bedrock: 550 ft.Spillway width: 1,650 ft.
Total concrete: 11,975,521 cubic yards
Primary function: hydropower, flood control, irrigation,fish & wildlife, recreation
4 power plants (Bonneville Dam: 2 and Hoover Dam: 1)
33 generators (Bonneville Dam: 21 and Hoover Dam: 17)
One of the modern engineering wonders of the world.
The first water spill over the dam was on June 1, 1942.
The first laser light show was in May of 1989.

And a few photos.

And That's It For Today.

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