|Typical "Cold" Morning in Ocean Shores. Frost Appears Even Though Air Temperature is well over Freezing|
Usually, the weather is pretty boring around Ocean Shores, Washington. The temperature gets down to the low 40’s in the summer and into the 30’s in the winter. I’ve seen posts from around the country showing arctic conditions pretty much everywhere east of the Rocky Mountains. A touch of frost some mornings is about as frigid as things get. The winter weather is actually much milder than its North Texas counterpart. In truth, in January, the DFW low temperature was usually lower than Ocean Shores.
Still, even Ocean Shores experiences an occasional frigid spell. It started with temperatures dipping down to freezing, as shown here. Late last week it got colder yet. It got so cold that the local espresso stand I ride to each morning CLOSED due to frozen pipes. Rumor has it that this has not happened before in living memory and that we may be declared as a disaster zone.
BUT WAIT. It got even more dramatic. Last night it actually
snowed. Things are, however, looking up since the espresso stand got its pipes
thawed and reopened yesterday. While the roads were coated in white, mostly
riding was not a lot different than usual except for one street, Albatross, and
the gravel driveway shortcut that takes me past Ace Hardware and up to the
espresso stand. You see, snow covers up the potholes. The drill was much as one would expect - don't make sudden starts or stops, or depend on doing any quick turns. Take it slow, and pretty soon the coffee will taste extra good. I noticed less than the typical motorist count at the driveup. Apparently those without 4WD stayed in bed, while "one-wheel drive" worked just fine.
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