February 14, 12:05 AM
The rain has stayed with us since it began on the 10th, but alas, not much has really been recorded. So far for the entire month we only have 1.31". But, this little spell of weather we would more expect for Feb. has provided rain, although generally light, for a large percentage of the time, in passing systems, and it has remained overcast probably pretty much all of the time. Saturday's high was 53, the low was 42, high wind gust was 18 mph and total rain was .13". So drippy and gray have been the norm very lately. Rain will continue until about Wednesday when we break back out into sunnier and warmer weather.
Feb. 10, 10:40 pm
The rain did come as scheduled today and a much different day than we have been used to. The high was only 43, cloudy and drippy since about noon, but the rain has only totaled .11" so far.
Finally, after a few weeks of living in the west coast shadowlands, our weather pattern is making a shift beginning today. The jet stream has consolidated again, after weeks of split flow, and is aiming now much closer to home than it has much of this year so far. Already clouds are on the increase, after another foggy start this morning, and rain is expected to move across western Washington by midday today. Amounts will not be too impressive, but rain is nevertheless making a comeback. And, rather than one minor and dying system barely slipping through the bonds of high pressure and splitting flow, like we have occasionally had over the last few weeks, this front today is just the beginning of a succession of seemingly alternating warm/cold/warm/cold fronts expected to parade by through early next week, with only a few hours break inbetween. Earlier this week the forecast was highlighting possible heavier rains, especially by the weekend, but now the NWS has scaled back the intensity of the systems and none look too potent, but some look a little stronger than others. The winds will vary up and down, also depending on the strength of each incoming system and the exact track they take. So, the Big Picture is that a definite change is occuring and the weather will look much different than it has for so long - back to rain each day, clouds, breezy winds, and the Look of Winter in the Pacific Northwest.
This morning our low was 31, giving a little nip to all the early bloomers out there in yards. I've seen some blooming daffodils already, along with a few trees and shrubs bringing out their pink finery in time for Valentine's Day coming soon!
Sunrise: 7:22 AM ----- Sunset: 5:24 PM (gaining 3 min. 9 sec. tomorrow)
Updated: 8:10 AM GMT on February 14, 2010
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