Anchorage Inn

Coupeville WA

INNformer #128

Anchorage Inn
Bed and Breakfast
807 N. Main Street
Coupeville, WA 98239
(360) 678-5581

INNformer #128

Hello Mainlanders, Islanders and those in between,

Winter is throwing rocks – 3 weeks ago, we had a hail storm that lasted almost a half hour. For an amateur weatherman I found it quite exciting. We’d never seen anything like it, leaving our lawns and rooftops as white as snow. This “La Nina” weather condition is certainly not surrendering to Spring and Summer without a fight. As a daily weather reporter for Coupeville in Island county

5 Interesting facts about those frozen balls of ice. Did you know:

1) Hail comes in many shapes and sizes, ranging from rice sized pellets (1/8″) to giant softballs (4 1/2″). Hail can be clear or white or a combination of the two. Hail can be hard or soft. Wind patterns usually form hailstones into balls, but they can also appear in other shapes, such as cones, discs, stars, pyramids, or just strange looking pointy blobs. We’ve even had reports of donut shaped stones!

2) On July 23, 2010, the largest hailstone ever recorded in the United States in terms of diameter and weight fell in Vivian, South Dakota. The stone had a diameter of 8.0 inches with a circumference of 18.625 inches and weighed 1.9 pounds. No one was injured. This hailstone broke the previous United States hail size record for diameter (7.0 inches – 22 June 2003 in Aurora, NE) and weight (1.67 pounds – 3 September 1970 in Coffeyvile, KS). The Aurora, Nebraska hailstone will retain the record for circumference (18.75 inches).

3) In North America, hail is most common on the High Plains just east of the Rocky Mountains. For example where Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming’s borders meet just east of Cheyenne, WY there are an average of 9 to 10 hailstorms each year. Hail in this region occurs between the months of March and October mostly during the afternoon and evening hours, with the bulk of the occurrences from May through September.

4) Hail suppression has been tried by many over the years including silver iodide cloud seeding and types of rockets. “Hail cannons” whose “LOUD” acoustic burst is believed to break-up hail while it is just forming, are still being used in some areas where fruit and vegetables are grown extensively.

5) Hail is found in many countries around the world, such as China. In June 1932 a hailstorm killed an estimated 200 people, and injured thousands more there. Other countries with frequent hailstorms include southern and western Germany, northern Italy, northern India and Croatia.

We have a pumpkin plant! After many attempts and failures at trying to grow a plant, let alone germinate a seed,  I’m proud to say that I came to my senses. Realizing that the weather this year was not going to cooperate and running out of seeds, I asked those in Coupeville who were also growing this Atlantic Giant that produces the orange gem, if they had any extras. Offering to gladly pay for anyone’s extra plant, I received 2 plants for free. Both “would have been tossed on the compost pile within another day or so” if they hadn’t heard my plea. Since we had another drastic storm heading our way, I waited another week to plant it outside. My baby plant now has 4 beautiful leaves and it loves the out of doors. Now, if I can conquer the snails, deer, mold and bugs I might get a pumpkin in a month or so.

Business is picking up. Although not as busy to prior years, our weekends are almost always full. Wednesdays are still almost empty, but that’s always the case until early summer when it finally show signs of vacationers rather than those escaping for the weekend. We do offer a $25 gas Buster discount for a 2 day stay Sun thru Thurs.

World travelers
have visited us from Switzerland, Italy and of course Canada.

Returning Guests that have been awarded discounts since our last INNformer totaled:
3rd & 4th         reservation for the 10% Pancake discount = 11
5th thru 9th     reservation for the 12% Omelet discount = 1
10th thru 19th reservation for the 15% Quiche discount = 1
20th or more   reservation for the 20% French Toast discount = 6

Father’s Day is coming! Yes, it’s just around the corner. Dad’s love to escape just like mom and I’ll bet he’ll bring her with him. Gift certificates are a great idea for Mom or Dad. Give us a call and we’ll take care of the rest.
Coupeville – The shortest distance to far away.
Your innkeepers,
Dave and Dianne


May 31, 2011 - Posted by | INNformer Newsletter

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