November 23, 10:30 PM
Another Wet Day!
Whoever thought today was going to be mostly "dry" was only kidding, apparently. It rained most all of today. Another 1.08" in the gauge for the day, as of this hour. Our high temp was 49, set at 6 AM ! Since then it has only dropped and it is now 39 degrees. Our highest wind gust was 22, during the night. So, I would have to say that today was WET!
Finished up my couple of errands and did get to my baking this afternoon, while watching The Sound of Music - sort of a Thanksgiving "baking day" tradition of mine. Loved it! I baked one pumpkin pie, two variations on apple pies, made a salad, my daughter made some spice cookies, and we got our other daughter home from nursing school, along with her fiance for dinner! Our leftovers tonight to clean out the refrigerator turned out to not really be enough - not really expecting so many for dinner, since I guess I am not used to everyone home at once anymore. Well, we can make it up tomorrow!
November 22, 9:30 PM
Wow! What a wet day it has been! Heavy rain started last night and it has rained for a lot of hours today. A very long fetch of yellow-on-the-radar rain, reaching way out into the Pacific has been aimed at us all day. There was a lull in the middle of the day for us here in central Puget Sound while the main rain sagged a bit south of us for awhile. It probably soaked BriarCraft while we were having a brief rest. But, the complex dynamics of this system pushed the rain back north again this afternoon and it has rained steadily, and sometimes hard, ever since. Our rain total for today so far is 1.38" and it is still raining. It has been chilly - low 40's for most of the day, but it may rise some now as a warm front is nearly passing from the southwest. The wind that was predicted didn't really materialize for us. Our highest gust was 26 mph at 5 AM, but by sunrise the wind was not much of a factor.
With my Thanksgiving shopping mostly done yesterday, today I spent the day indoors cleaning the house! With a focused effort I am happy with the results of having a lot of it cleaner all at the same time! Tomorrow I am looking forward to a day of mostly baking and cooking as much as I can and even if the rain stops (Wed may end up mostly dry - a lull until another strong storm arrives on Thanksgiving Day) I will be quite content to just be in the house, with the fire running!
November 21, 10:25 PM
Looking at current radar I see that the next front is really at our doorstep - heavy rain is just across Puget Sound. We are expecting it. A strong Pacific cold front is heading in, for the next round in what is shaping up to be an active Thanksgiving week, here in the Pacific Northwest.
Already today we have had .35" rain from the previous system, but a lot more is coming. This front will move in overnight and it likely will stall over us on Tuesday. Besides rain, winds are part of this picture as well. We are under a Wind Advisory tonight and tomorrow morning, but the coast and up north of us have a High Wind Warning posted. Lots of rain, and lots of wind - in the right places.
The winter storm season is underway. Actually this is not too surprising for Thanksgiving time. It is often about our stormiest week of the year. After this system, more are coming later this week, including another possible soaker. Right now it is one system after the other rolling in off the ocean. It has warmed up a bit over the last few days. Our coldest temp was 26 yesterday morning, with highs in the low 40's. We are going to stay above freezing now, and maybe hit the low 50's with some of these systems.
So the big picture for us is that there are many watches and warnings for winds and floods posted throughout western Washington, flooding is possible in just a few days, the mountains are getting feet of snow, and the lowlands are going to see a lot of rain and wind. Leaves are still coming down off the trees, but it seems like the roads and walkways are mostly carpeted now with them.
I have hit the time of year when I really don't want to be outside much at all. The lure of the inside of the house is really feeling strong to me, and it really pulls as the early darkness descends each day. A wonderful time to gather around the table and enjoy wonderful fellowship and food this week!! So much to be thankful for!!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL !!
Sunrise: 7:22 AM --- Sunset: 4:26 PM (PST)
(losing 2 min. 18 sec. tomorrow)
Updated: 6:37 AM GMT on November 24, 2011
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