July 5, Summer Arrives

By: PugetSoundPost , 11:44 PM GMT on July 05, 2011

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July 11, 10:30PM

Drizzle and sprinkly showers are back. The first 2/3 of the day was fairly nice today. Pleasant summer day. In fact, it reached 82, but I think that was somewhat brief. When the sun came out from the scattered clouds it was warm, but when it was behind the clouds it wasn't as nice. Anyway, the clouds started to thicken as the day went on and by early evening we had a trace of sprinkles. It looks like the clouds will be around for awhile as the week goes on, plus more chances of sprinkles or showers.

In conclusion, we are not breaking free into the extended nice summer weather yet. But in reality it is probably warm enough when we are active outdoors. Too much hotter and we won't know what to do with it.

July 8, 10 AM

After writing on the 5th that summer was finally here, we have had our ups and downs. Summer can't really seem to "stick".

The next day, July 6, was a wonderful day, giving us 85 degree weather! That is what we are looking for! Then July 7 came, and the crash was Big. We had heavy drizzle/rain for much of the first half of the day, only totaling .04" because of the tiny size of the drops. The clouds were oppressive and we dropped 23 degrees from the previous day. The high yesterday was only 62 cool degrees. The clouds never lifted and it was a dreary day.

Now today, the 8th, is similar to yesterday, but it is more dry. Heavy cloud cover, but maybe a little thinner and brighter than yesterday, and so far nothing more than scattered sporadic sprinkles at best. If these conditions continue the rest of the day, and they are expected to, it looks like 60's may be about all we can muster up.

Last night we had another outdoor swim meet and although cloudy, it started out reasonably comfortable while wearing long sleeves, but by the end (after 9 PM) it was feeling chilly while wearing a jacket. Poor swimmers! Well, they did have a portable outdoor heater to huddle under in shifts. But, as I wrote on the 5th, this too is summer weather in the Northwest. Hopefully by late July, our statistically best time of the year, we will be able to rally a long string of sunny warm days together in a row. Still something to look forward to!

July 5, 4:45 PM

Sage people in the Pacific Northwest always say that summer doesn't arrive around here until the 5th of July. More often than not, they are correct. Including this year. I would say that summer has truly arrived, at last. Summer in the Northwest does not mean that everyday is blue and bright, but the chances are greatly improved that it will be.

Even last week we were still fighting a lot of clouds and occasional drips. However the last handful of days have increasingly been thinning and clearing the clouds, so that this morning, July 5, dawned flawlessly. Not a cloud in the sky anywhere, and at 6 AM it was glorious to just sit outside and watch the sun climb into the sky. The temperature is climbing as well, up to 81 this afternoon. Not necessarily the highest we have had this year (it isn't) but just the way the day and sky and temperature have played out describe only one thing: SUMMER!! Today is the kind of day that makes people live in the glorious Northwest, forgetting about all the other days. Including a hard couple of last weeks, very sadly most noted for the passing last week of our sweet and beloved cat of 13 years due to cancer, of all things. Hard days, but now the sun has come out to dry our tears.

This afternoon I had to drive my daughter into Seattle and the trip reached down into my bones and soul. Just beautiful crossing Lake Washington - the water, boats, distant Olympics, green-saturated arboretum, Drumheller fountain at UW and bright blue clear skies; not to mention how spectacular Mt. Rainier was looming incredibly large and clear (from base to summit!) over us on the return trip! Lunch outside at home was a treat and I look forward to many more over the coming weeks. Hooray for summer!

This will last through tomorrow, then that other part of summer will return for awhile - clouds and more shower chances. But this kind of day will be back and likely sooner rather than later. We don't get much rain at all in July - it is going to be increasingly difficult to really rain as the next few weeks unfold. Not until around middle August does that threat start to increase again. It won't likely be totally dry but the greatest chances are for sun and delightful weather. At least that is my plan for the summer!

A Quick Summary of June:

Average High: 72
Average Low: 50
Warmest Day: 83 on June 21
Lowest Temp: 45 on June 12 and 17
Lowest High Temp: 58 June 7
Highest Wind: 24 mph on June 13
Wettest Day: .41" on June 18
Days of Measurable Rain: 11

Total Rainfall for June: 1.68"

July 5
Sunrise: 5:17 AM --- Sunset: 9:09 PM (PDT)
(losing 1 minute, 10 seconds tomorrow)

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5. PugetSoundPost
11:33 PM GMT on July 08, 2011
Thank you WTS, Calpoppy, and Briar for your kind words and wishes about the loss of our dear kitty. He was the best cat I have ever had - loving, content, and so sweet. I still look for him in his favorite places and am surprised to not see him there. Thus ends just about 30 years of continuosly having one or two cats in the house. Sure do miss Oliver.

Yes, such a quick and big change in the weather here. I could see it coming and that kind of dampened the enjoyment of the couple of extra nice days we had earlier this week, knowing the time was limited.

CP: I think Briar and I would happily let you have the rain for awhile, even though it means we have to break out the hoses and water. I love to set out sprinklers on a nice summer day and hear their sound! Iconic summer! And I think we can surely spare some rain and clouds for WTS as well!
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4. BriarCraft
8:08 PM GMT on July 08, 2011
Hugs to {{{{Puget}}}} for her recent kitteh loss and {{{WTS}}} for an earlier one. My chest still tightens when I mow around a dear kitteh grave from last September. The little guys sure fill a big space in our hearts.

A big difference in our weather the last couple of days, Puget. Here, it looks like typical June Gloom, with overcast mornings and 50-50 sun to clouds in the afternoon. Yesterday, it only got to 64°F and so far only 62°F. Not a drop of moisture from the clouds either day and I need to start another round of watering.

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3. calpoppy
12:04 PM GMT on July 07, 2011
Yep I am hogging all the rain, it's great!! Seattle and San Francisco two of the most beautiful cites in the world on a clear day. They are both built on hills maybe that lends to their beauty or the fact that a truly clear sunny day doesn't happen all that often. But breath taking when it occurs.

So sorry on your cat, they become so much a part of our lives. I always am thankful that they choose us to be with. Nobody can own a cat.
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2. WatchinTheSky
6:17 PM GMT on July 06, 2011
Hi PSP! Sorry about your kitty, we lost our cat of 12 years from cancer earlier this year. It's hard and takes a while. Shoot - now I'm sad too.

The first monsoonal surge has come into the area and it's a bit sticky and warm (low 90s last couple days) but it seems calpoppy is getting all the rain from it though we got 10 to 20 drops about 8 o'clock last night - wohooo!
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1. PugetSoundPost
2:27 PM GMT on July 06, 2011
Hi WTS! Yes, we are getting two days of summer in a row! That shows improvement! It is beautiful this early morning - when the day dawns sunny and clear we know it will be a wonderful one. Clouds are due again in a day or so unfortunately.

Our garden has been slow. The recent sunshine and warmth are helping and there are signs of a growth spurt underway. We just need to sustain this current weather for awhile. My flowers are looking quite nice and they have enjoyed the cooler weather, I think.
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