Another underwhelming ‘storm’…

Woke to a light wet snow…

Lit the fire only briefly to get the inside temp into the mid-sixties, since there doesn’t appear much chance of morning sun. But it’s barely freezing outside and supposed to get into the forties.


It’s so wet I daresay there’s not an inch of snow sticking, and it won’t last. Still coming down at the moment, though.

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4 Responses to Another underwhelming ‘storm’…

  1. Mike says:

    Meanwhile, it’s been in the low seventies where I am in the great white north.

  2. Joel, how well do your panels work in bad weather? Obviously I’m assuming they don’t have snow on them. 🙂 I thinking about cloudy weather. Do you get much production at all?

  3. Joel says:

    It’s hard to quantify. On a very cloudy day they almost may as well not be there. If there’s any shadow at all the panels produce voltage though it might not be enough to top off the batteries for the day. In between – clouds are light but no shadows – the best you can say is they’re a little better than nothing. Example: This morning there was heavy overcast with snow, and with the panels brushed off I wasn’t reading more than battery voltage, about 12.5 volts. Now the cloud cover is total but much lighter, and I’m at 13.7. Since the batteries aren’t badly discharged, if I hit a sunny patch that will jump to over 14 volts.

    Fortunately we don’t have many very cloudy days. I doubt solar will ever be a big thing in the PNW.

  4. RCPete says:

    East of the Cascades, solar is reasonably viable. My well is on an oversized solar system which could double as backup power for the house if things go sideways. I brush the array after a snowstorm, but other than that, I can more-or-less ignore the panels.

    Oregon is trying to do the California bit of relying on solar and wind, but we have (or had, long story) access to good hydroelectrics.

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