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.