Seattle Rains Finally Come After Long Dry Spell

 Posted by on October 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm  Outdoors  No Responses »
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Autumn leaves turning red in Seattle area

Autumn leaves turning red in Seattle area

After an unusually long dry spell this summer, the rains have finally arrived in the Seattle area. The leaves, as if in synch, are starting to turn to their deep reds and yellows. The fleece jackets are out in full display.

This has been a phenomenal summer and early fall weather-wise. Seattle’s has recorded only 0.03 inches of rain since July 23rd! We’ve had about 78 days without significant rain–the driest period on record since 1945. It was weird to wake up to so many sunny mornings.

With the storms rolling in this weekend, everyone recognizes that we’re back to business as usual. Many of us are hunkering down with our books or tablets for our usual rainy weather until next spring. But the rivers, trees, and fish here need the sustaining rain. Salmon in the Puget Sound are milling about in the saltwater in the last few weeks. They need the rain to provide the trigger for them to move up to their freshwater spawning grounds.

I welcome the rain; it’s what makes Western Washington so green and beautiful.

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Withstanding Wet Wintry Weather

 Posted by on March 14, 2012 at 10:58 am  Family  No Responses »
Mar 142012
 

Wet wintry weather with a dusting of snow

Wet wintry weather with a dusting of snow


Yesterday, we had rain, freezing rain, hail, snow, and a little sunshine in the Seattle area! Today, I woke up to a dusting of snow and driving rain. I must admit, sometimes the dark, wet days of winter in the Northwest even get a seasoned Northwesterner like me wondering if I should follow a neighbor who is moving to sunny California in a few weeks.

I noticed that the Pacific Northwest is the coldest region in the country today with a high of 43 in Seattle. It will rain all day long. In contrast, International Falls, MN and Buffalo have predicted highs of 54 and 58, respectively, and both places are sunny today!

But, every dreary winter day, I come to the same conclusion after a couple of minutes of thinking. I can catch wild salmon, ski in several feet of new snow, climb a glacier, hike into an old growth rainforest, and see orca whales all within a couple hour’s drive from my house. No, I have no desire to move anywhere. I’ll take the rain any day.

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