Weather has been a lifelong passion for me; while my husband and 4 kids all in college and beyond, one now married, have patiently gone along with me!
By: PugetSoundPost , 2:57 PM GMT on September 26, 2011
September 29, 9:00 PM
The seesaw has swung back up again! What a terrific couple of days we have had! Blue sky sunshine and warm again. High pressure overhead has bathed us in glorious warmth - topping out at 83 degrees today! Love it! Our low, however, this morning was 44, which is easily our lowest of the season so far. Rain is coming, but for now - Wow!
September 26, 9:45 PM
Just finished cleaning up after serving a spaghetti dinner in our house to around 25 high school girls on my daughter's swim team! We both seem pleased with how well that all turned out and actually it was fun!
Our early season storm blew through today too. It has been overcast/rainy all day, with the rain easing up/quitting later this afternoon sometime (not exactly sure when, too busy cooking!), but it hasn't cleared either. At this moment we have had a high of 62 today, rang up .27" rain and had a high wind of only 20 mph, which occured this evening. In the end the totals aren't all that impressive, but the temperature dropped a lot even since yesterday, it is breezy this evening while the trees are rustling substantially outside, the clouds never cleared away or broke through, and all in all it is still a dramatic shift from just a handful of days ago. The headline today is Fall is Here.
Update: I just read that today dropped 5 inches of rain in the Olympics, and storm force winds were reached just off the north coast of the Olympic Peninsula. So I would say it was a potent storm out that way.
September 26, 8 AM
We knew that the late season blast of summer couldn't last long, and it didn't. Autumn has arrived with a pronounced statement.
This morning looks very different from the rest of September up to now. With sunrise not until 7 AM and the solid overcast, and presently a dripping light rain falling, by all appearances, it is surely fall now. We are expecting a lot more rain today, and another breezy/windy day on top of it.
Moreover, today is not the first of this. Yesterday brought in our first Autumn Storm of the season. It was a drier storm - .17" rain total for us, but after a summer of one continued lull, a sharp wind blew up and for us that meant 31 mph at the peak! It was gusty for much of the day, sending a lot of my deck pots and flowers tumbling. Even so, it is still early fall, and the remnants of the recent summer were still in the air too. By afternoon it had cleared and the sun brought the high temperature up to 71, which was quite pleasant in the sunshine, even with the gusts, but also a decidedly large drop in temp over what we have been experiencing. By evening the wind had blown itself out and it was pleasant.
Then today came and a whole new system is approaching, with more overall potency than yesterday's system. This one promises to be a lot wetter region wide (maybe 2-3 inches of rain in the mountains, much less down here - maybe half inch or so) and the wind is going to increase again today, back to another blustery afternoon/evening. This storm has remnants of Typhoon Roke entrained, so there is a decent amount of precipitation on the way. A rather deep offshore low tracking north will whip up our winds, so between the decent rainfall and the winds, today will be distinctly fallish and our first real shot of the change of the season. Currently it is 53 before 8 AM, so it is cooler by a lot than it has been, but it is still fitting into an early fall situation.
Sunny skies should return by mid week for a short spell and it will be nice, but again, not summer, and instead it is Fall.
Sunrise: 7:00 AM --- Sunset: 6:58 PM
(losing 3 min, 26 sec. tomorrow)
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