December 28, 10pm
The weather has changed this week! Stormier and more exciting! Rain has returned and wind along with it. As I wrote on Christmas we had a 38 mph gust, and today the gust topped out at 28 mph, but it has been pretty breezy/gusty for much of the day. Rain is back, for this week anyway. Since Christmas we have added .79" rain. Still not overly impressive - I think the wind has been more interesting, but it is a start on the rain after just about none all month till this point. After a brief break tomorrow, another stronger system may be heading our way. We will have to monitor how this one goes.
Besides the weather, it has been a busy week thus far. Kids coming and going all directions, wedding plans, wedding dress shopping (we have one! But it won't be in our possession until next August!) and a full afternoon with our church wedding coordinator today. Whew! I think when January comes it will be time to rest!
December 25, 11 pm
Merry Christmas!! The day is winding down and just as all of you have had busy days and lots of excitement, it is nice to settle into a chair and just be a little quiet right now.
But before that, I will say that a weather change happened today. The wind blew!! Right around noon today the wind sharply rose and soon we had our highest gust in a long time - 38 mph! It was windy through our brunch time and things blew around on and off of the deck. We found that a section of our gutters (just a few years old) is coming loose from the roof. But overall it was just a little excitement for a brief time. Our lights did blink but no outages, however a lot of places around did end up with several hours of outages today.
We also had a little rain today. More is on the way all week ahead. It is nice to change to the weather we expect in December. We have a few days left to accumulate enough rain to avoid the driest December ever record that we are on track toward - if the rain does not materialize that is expected.
December 24, 9:30 AM
Light rain this morning! Currently 45 degrees and .10" rain for the day. The pattern is changing! Just in time to perhaps keep us from the driest December ever - we shall see!
The larger family will gather here in a few hours, after Christmas Eve service at church, a big dinner that I have to get into the kitchen soon for, and then we shall celebrate the birth of Jesus with gifts aplenty and good times together!
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF MY WU FRIENDS !!! PEACE AND BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL!!
December 21, 11:53 PM
Another quiet day. But it is dipping below freezing this evening.
Sunrise: 7:54 AM --- Sunset: 4:19 PM (PST)
(tomorrow will be 0 min, 0 sec shorter)
Over the Cascades tomorrow to visit Leavenworth, Washington. With five high school girls. Should provide some interesting story material.
December 18, 9:30 AM
After two days in a row of 50 degree days (feeling pretty warm!) this morning it is foggy and murky again. Our biggest rain event of the month came in late last night and we are up to .16" from it so far! Wow! The week ahead looks a little more wet than the previous weeks have been, so things are changing slowly.
Lots to do today! Including going on a caroling outing to homes of seniors that are pretty well homebound. Gotta run!
December 13, 8:20 AM
Our December weather has been the picture of Peace. Nothing has happened! So far two weeks of utter calm.
To be succinct, we have had alternating periods of calm sunshine, dense fog, fog that has lifted higher above us, and lots of frost. No wind. No rain. It has been a cold month for us, and the frosty fog at times has been "the weather" for this month. The majority of days have topped out at just about 40 degrees, and the lows have been in the upper 20's to right about 30. However yesterday under finally sunny afternoon skies we only reached 38 and this morning's low was 25. It has been a remarkably long period with virtually no wind. Our highest wind "gust" so far this month is only 10 mph, and most days it is about 4 mph. The rain has disappeared too. For the first 13 days of this month, one of our traditionally wettest months, we have only received .19"! Hard to believe!
No significant change is coming, either. A couple of weak disturbances may brush by in the next few days, but all indications are that any precipitation may be spotty and/or just nothing but some lazy overcast.
Well, I have enjoyed the fog and the cold air, so all is not lost. It does feel like Christmastime with that nippy air, and the bare trees reaching into foggy skies really says "winter". No fog this morning; just a high (higher than Mt. Rainier!) cloud deck, and a beautiful sunrise a few minutes ago. It won't be long now until that same sun is setting, bringing on the long, dark night.
Now onto a day of Christmas preparation - errands and lunch with my mom, gift wrapping (my worst part of Christmas), and hopefully enjoying a day in the Christmas Season.
Sunrise: 7:48 AM --- Sunset: 4:16 PM (PST)
(we will be losing 42 seconds tomorrow)
Updated: 6:20 AM GMT on December 29, 2011
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