Interviews in The Dalles and in Hood River

Our next stop today was in The Dalles where we met with 4 Elders.  The snow turned to rain as we came into the gorge.  The hills surrounding and the moss on the mountain cliffs are turning green.  I saw 2 Bald Eagles today.  It’s a beautiful drive, no matter the weather.

The Dalles set a new record for snow fall this year.  Take a look at this article from The Dalles Chronicle published a month ago on 8 February 2017.

Tired of the snow? TD breaks record

A heavy fall of snow almost obscures signs in historic downtown The Dalles yet again Wednesday afternoon. This winter has seen the 38-year-old record for continuous days of snow on the ground more than doubled.

A heavy fall of snow almost obscures signs in historic downtown The Dalles yet again Wednesday afternoon. This winter has seen the 38-year-old record for continuous days of snow on the ground more than doubled.

Photo by Mark Gibson

Last Friday, Feb. 3, marked Day 58 of continuous days of snow. The old record, 29 straight days, set in 1979, now seems quaint.

And today, Wednesday Feb. 8, as we mark Day 63 of this relentless new record, we were greeted by yet more snow. This latest storm is dumping two to five new inches of snow, said Robert Cramp, a meteorologist with the Pendleton office of the National Weather Service.

The long stretch of continuous cold weather being experienced in the gorge is due to its topography, said Jim Smith, observation program leader at the National Weather Service’s Pendleton office.

The gorge is a low spot. Cold air is denser and “settles down in there and sits there, and the warmer air goes right over the top,” Smith said. It takes a good strong southerly wind to erode the cold layer out, he said.

Cramp said Wednesday’s winter storm warning starts with snow and ends with freezing rain, with a predicted ice accumulation of 1/10 inch.

The good news is after that, the temperature should warm into the 40s for highs, through next Tuesday, he said.

While The Dalles has not seen the snow go away since Dec. 8, other areas that got hit by snow, such as Pendleton, have had warming events that have completely melted the snow, Cramp said.

“We’ve had two months of winter weather, but some areas, snow has melted off frequently,” Cramp said. Cramp was farcically asked during the interview to make an official promise that winter could basically be considered over by Valentine’s Day.

“You can’t go there at all this winter. This winter’s been much colder. All I can tell you is it is going to warm up after Wednesday.”

While the long stretch of days of snow on the ground is a record smasher, it is still nowhere close to the most snowfall. That record, 85.5 inches, was set in 1949.

So far this winter, 53 inches of snow have been recorded, or four feet, five inches.

And while the onslaught of snow seems neverending at this point, Smith noted hopefully, “It’ll be 100 before you know it, so look at it that way. Short-term, no, it’s gonna continue to snow.”

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Elder Johnson and Elder Hunt, serving together 12 weeks in The Dalles 2nd Ward and Spanish areas2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (15)Elder Johnson:  Elder Hunt loves to testify to Everyone.  He allows me to be myself and he always has fun while working hard.

Elder Hunt:  Elder Johnson has COOL ties.  He’s determined and he’s a baller.  We love working together.2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (16)

Elder Tapia and Elder Woodfield, working together 12 weeks in The Dalles 2nd Ward and Spanish areas2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (22)Elder Tapia:  Elder Woodfield stays with me wherever I go.  He helps me with my English.  He accepts advice from me.

Elder Woodfield:  Elder Tapia is diligent.  He loves everyone and he always looks for ways to be better.2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (23)

Next we drove on to Hood River, about another 30 minutes into the gorge.  We were met there by the Zone Leaders who were there for a District Meeting, and these fine missionaries.2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (24)

Elder Leavitt and Elder Christensen, serving together 12 weeks in The Dalles 2nd Ward2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (25)Elder Leavitt:  3 things I love about Elder Christensen:  His insights, his ability to teach simply and his ability to relate to everyone.

Elder Christensen:  I love that Elder Leavitt is positive.  He’s good at helping me fulfill my goals.  I love that his mood doesn’t change.

Elder Flamm and Elder Goodwin, serving together 5 weeks in Stevenson2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (26)Elder Flamm:  Elder Goodwin is very sincere.  He has a love for everyone.  He’s funny.

Elder Goodwin:  I love Elder Flamm’s desire to serve the Lord, his ability to avoid discouragement (he always stays positive), and his willingness to change and help others.

Crocuses coming up in the courtyard of the Hood River church:2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (30)Another ugly tie from the local thrift store:2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (34)Visiting with Elder and Sister Oman:2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (35)2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (38)

Elder and Sister Oman serving in the White Salmon and Stevenson Wards2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (39)2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (40)

Hermana Robinson and Hermana Aldrich, serving together in the Hood River Spanish areas2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (44)Hermana Robinson:  Hermana Aldrich is super funny and easy going.  She’s patient with me.  She has a sweet spirit and a strong testimony.

Hermana Aldrich:  Hermana Robinson laughs with me, she’s always ready to go, and she fears no man.2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (45)2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (49)

As we were interviewing, this Daily Dose Class was getting started:2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (50)

Hermana Hernandez and Hermana Lindsay, serving together 5 weeks in White Salmon2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (51)Hermana Hernandez:  Hermana Robinson is awesome at cooking.  She is super patient and calm.  She loves Subway as I do.  She’s the best.

Hermana Lindsay :  Hermana Hernandez teaches simply and testifies with strength.  She helps me learn new Spanish phrases daily (literally, I have a wall of post-it notes with words on them to prove it).  She always has plenty of chistes (jokes).2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (52)

2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (53)Elder Hanna and Elder Bawden, serving together 12 weeks in Hood River2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (54)Elder Hanna:  Elder Bawden is a POSITIVE person.  He’s wonderfully obedient.  He has a strong desire to do good.  He is a great friend.

Elder Bawden:  Elder Hanna is Knowledgeable!  He’s Funny!  He’s always willing to do what God asks of him.

These Elders made Lemon Bars for everyone.  YUM.  2017-3-7 Interviews The Dalles (57)We were finished tonight at 9:00 p.m.  It was a full good day.  These are great missionaries.  We love them.

About annlaemmlenlewis

I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am currently serving as a Missionary in the Washington Yakima Mission. Welcome to my personal blog, Ann's Words, and my Mission blog, Our Yakima Mission. If you are interested in family history stories and histories, you can find those posted in Ann's Stories. Thanks for looking in!
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