April 28, 8:30 AM
April is drawing to a conclusion and the weather isn't changing much. Our unsettled pattern continues. Overcast, then periods of partly cloudy/sunbreaks, showers, cool- but when the sun does come out there is a noticeable warming, and breezy/gusty winds at times. Today is forecast for more of the same, with the addition of possible thunderstorms this afternoon, but I didn't see any yesterday with the same forecast. Some semi-threatening cumulus did appear late in the day yesterday, but not with enough oomph, apparently. In the last two days we have received .61" rain. This morning is cool (low of 43) and dreary looking. We're expecting a high of 55-60 with clouds and showers. April in general has produced below normal temperatures so far and above normal average precipitation, and as I recall, the opposite of what the long-range forecast called for.
April 26, 9:30 PM
An interesting day today - soon after daybreak a breeze kicked up, which is unusual early in the morning, and in spite of an overcast day from the get-go, which kept thickening as the day progressed, it felt rather warm, even when the wind hit a high gust of 27 mph. This isn't a typical day for us. But, alas, those thickening clouds meant something, and it was RAIN! By mid afternoon the sprinkles began, which turned to rain by late afternoon. So far we have .20" rain, after a high of 68 today.
April 21, 9:30 PM
This day was a big stride backward compared to Monday! Lots of rain - .80" for the day, and 51/43 high and low, under gray, rainy/misty skies all day. A bit of clearing toward the end of daylight, but overall a cool and wet/damp day. My daughter and I did walk in a park and delighted in watching a mother duck and her 10 quite young fuzzy ducklings paddle through the wetlands, eat dinner in the marsh, and then end their day all nestled safely under the protective wings and care of mom.
April 21, 8:30 AM
The rain that has been advertised since Sunday finally arrived overnight! It rained hard at times and we have clicked .72" in the bucket so far, and it is still raining, although not as hard and the trend should be for gradual drying through the day. Currently it is 44 degrees. An upper level low over California rotated rain into the region overnight, combined with a trough to our north, and a convergence zone set up over the central Puget Sound area, so the rain did come down, after threatening and teasing all week. Changeable April!
April 19, 9:55 pm
Our warmest day of the year occured today - a high of 79!! This was instead of expected rain and cooler temps! A blown out forecast turned into our benefit! Sunday was nice (74), but today was better! There is a front offshore that ended up stalling there all day and just now, at nearly 10 pm, it is just making it onto the coast. It seems that the rain is on the way, but while it napped out in the ocean, here in the interior today we enjoyed such warm temperatures and a day that everyone had to comment on as they passed by. It was great to leave a coat completely at home and just think about summer..... !
April 16, 7:10 PM
By surprise, a band of light rain has already moved overhead - arriving before 7 PM, when rain seemed to be expected instead overnight or into Saturday. We went from a clear, warm day to rain in pretty quick step fashion!
April 16, 4:40 PM
After light fog rolled in soon after daybreak, the sun came out and today has had the feel of a change, even if it isn't quite permanent. To me it feels like we have turned a little seasonal corner today, but there are sure to be setbacks along the way as well.
Since I last wrote very much, spring has really settled in for the Puget Sound region. The leaves are out on the trees everywhere you look, even if they aren't quite all the way "full" yet, flowers and bushes are blooming with lovely bright colors and this afternoon the spring smells in the neighborhood are a joy! The high temperature today reached 70 and it just feels and looks like the season has finally changed. But, this isn't to say each day has been so nice. There have been cloudy, chilly days recently and some rain. Since April 7 we have received .58" rain, in gentle rainfall. And, the weather is changeable. The nice days are not here to stay permanently, but that is April - changeable! Anything from stormy cold days to warm and sunny is possible from day to day, and that seems to be what is happening this month. A quite classic April! So far nothing extreme, but pretty much what one would expect for April - a month that is trying hard to let go of winter, but hasn't quite reached far enough for summer either.
And, a change is underway right now again. Clouds are slowing filtering the sunshine this late afternoon and this will continue through the night. A weak surface low is moving up from the California waters and it will push clouds and moisture along with it, bringing some showers to western Washington through the day on Saturday. The southerly flow warmed us up today. After showers that don't sound too exciting tomorrow, Sunday should be a sunny day, followed by another chance of rain on Monday and off and on chances all of next week, and probably cooler than today. So, we are in a calm pattern of shifts between showers and sun and when the sun does come out, the glory of spring is really beginning to resound!
Sunrise: 6:17 AM ---- Sunset: 8:00 PM (PDT)
Updated: 3:31 PM GMT on April 28, 2010
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