Hoping For Improving Spring

By: PugetSoundPost , 5:01 PM GMT on April 04, 2012

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April 12, 9:45 AM
Beautiful Morning!

A very lovely early spring morning is underway for us. A few clouds in the sky, but mostly it is just a blue sky. Sunshine makes all the difference for us after long months of mostly overcast. Birds are chirping outside and they seem to notice the change as well. I awoke early this morning and just listened to them singing outside for awhile.

Leaves are rapidly bursting forth on the trees. There has been a big change with them even since Easter. It is delightful to have their return so close now!

Yesterday was a throw-back to earlier weeks: high of 56 and murky overcast with .30" rain. Rainy days will be back, but they will be "Rainy Spring Days". Winter is gone and we are just looking forward now.

But, with all of this said, there is a chance of showers today. No sign of them right now, but I do see radar showing some possible light showers creeping north up through western Washington.

Soon I am off to take my mom to lunch and this sunshine will give her a big lift I am sure.



April 9
Wonderful Easter and Spring Days


It is too late to write much tonight, but I have to note the wonderful weather we have had over the weekend and into today! A high of 74 here was reached on Easter Sunday, and another 73 today! Everyone has loved it! So nice to feel the warm sunshine. Officially it was the first time we have reached at least 70 since late last September! Whew!


April 8, 1:20 PM

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!!

Happy Easter to All!!!

A lovely day today - currently 68 degrees under
high, thin, overcast and no wind!



April 5, 10:15 PM

Today ended up pretty stereotypical for spring. A lot of clouds, some afternoon sunshine with clouds not far off, now-and-then showers, and not too warm. The high for us was 56, low of 38, and .25" rain today. But when the sun was out, it surely did appear to be "spring".


April 4

I just flipped the fireplace on to take the chill off the house, on another gray, damp, and chilled morning. It is 42 outside at nearly 9:30 AM and although not raining, there is that damp feel. This is spring.

A few nicer days have shown up, almost by surprise, but so far they are few, then quickly followed by a lot more gloomy days before the next surprise comes. We have topped 60 once this week - clear up to 66 here on a sunny, but a-bit-too-breezy day - on Monday of this week. A welcome and nice day. Two of my kids managed to dig up a good portion of our garden space that day. My daughter said it was perfect digging. I expected it to be too soggy. So a few pleasant surprises now and then. And another fun surprise came last evening. Driving home from the mall early in the evening, we had a just wonderful play between the clouds, sunshine, light and rain - all at the same time. Not an often occurance, but surely was delightful driving along under mostly heavy clouds, but enough breaks to let the very low setting sun shine underneath the clouds through the falling rain and illuminate everything in quite weird shades of golden light, finally accentuated by a pretty rainbow. If only I had my camera along with me....

The weekend ahead is showing some promise so far - especially Easter Sunday. Warmer and maybe sunnier! But, we aren't really pulling out of these doldrums even if that happens. Showers, even some chances of thunderstorms, clouds, and cool remain the general theme of the next week. But, truth be told, this IS spring around here. I often think that when people say "where's spring?", what they really mean to say is that they want Summer. Two different kettle of fish in the Pacific Northwest.

I just took a look at my stats for February, and by surprise, many of those stat numbers I list are within one degree of each other, as well as winds, etc. March was wetter. Otherwise, February and March were nearly identical months, statistically speaking. A quite slow progression out of winter.

April 4
Sunrise: 6:40 AM --- Sunset: 7:43 PM
(gaining 3 minutes, 24 seconds tomorrow)

MARCH in REVIEW

Average High: 52
Average Low: 36
Highest Temperature: 62 (3/24)
Lowest Temperature: 27 (3/7)
Coldest High Temperature: 44 (3/12, 14, 18)
Highest Wind Gust: 31 mph (3/20)
Wettest Day: March 29 (.97" rain)
Days of measurable precipitation: 23

Total Rain for March: 5.90"
Total Snow for March: 1/2" plus multiple days of trace/flurries


Note: Officially for Seattle records, this March was the third wettest on record. The official gauge measured 1-2 inches more rain than we did at home. And BriarCraft's rain report from SW Washington was much higher than ours, so while it seemed pretty rainy for us, we were on the mild side, apparently. Not too surprising. We are often rain-shadowed by the Olympic Mountains. A newspaper article recently highlighted how so much of the country was experiencing a March heat wave. Not so here. In fact, March was the month that ran the most below normal in temperature for us since last May. As I have said before, the heat/cold seem to balance out across the country. Hot one place, going to be cold in another.

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14. polarbytes
1:25 PM GMT on April 19, 2012
BriarCraft, your 47 is about what we have been experiencing, so there! It's been sunny and very warm for this time of year, and not that cold at night either. One of the mildest breakups I've seen up here in several years. Still have 2 feet of snow in the yard but it's going fast. However, the forcast for May is back to cloudy and showery, so full green up still won't happen till at least the end of May. Enjoy, enjoy, I still think spring in the PacNW is the best anywhere.
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13. JanesVacation
1:08 AM GMT on April 19, 2012
Cool and sunny today with a high of 65. Our tulips are just about finished and they usually don't bloom until mid-May. It made this spring fun and different.

I liked a traveling husband better when the kids were still living at home. It gets a bit lonely here at times now - but my job at school certainly keeps me busy and I enjoy working in the yard in the evening and also walking at least 40 minutes a day. (The long, light evenings are great for getting outside - not dark until 9PM now.)
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12. BriarCraft
8:33 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
I'll second Puget's request. I'd love to see that soccer "canyon", too.

I managed to mow one section of the yard late last week. While it's cool here today (warm by Polar's standards) at 47F, I might see about mowing another section this afternoon. We had about 1/3" of rain yesterday, but the grass doesn't look too wet. If I don't mow today, I may not get another chance until next week. I'll just have to dig out that heavy flannel shirt I use as a winter jacket.
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11. PugetSoundPost
5:03 PM GMT on April 12, 2012
Hi WTS! No earthquake for us yesterday, but they do occur from time to time. We are always under threat of the Big One (they say measuring 8-9 is quite possible), which the area is fully capable of producing. The last Bigger one for us was in 2001 - 6.8 - centered near Olympia. That one caused quite a lot of damage in places, at least more than we are used to, and we even had a "victim" here at home! My youngest daughter, who was in 1st grade at the time, was injured, a bit. That evening at home, I sent her to fetch something from a cupboard and when she opened it, down fell a broken tea pot onto the top of her hand, cutting it rather badly. We ended up taking her to the ER for stitches and I presume she was counted among the "injured" for that earthquake! Still has the scar to prove it.

Briar: We have mowed our lawn a couple of times now. We are on a hillside and perhaps drains better than your yard, as it hasn't been too wet to mow, lately anyway. You also have had a lot more rain. But it is just recently that sections have dried enough to mow. I did do a quick turn around the yard on one of those sunny days - general clean up from winter. No planting of anything new yet!

Polar: I am excited FOR you to be seeing signs of spring!! I know what a slog this winter has been for you and all of Alaska. A high of 45 is such a big improvement and I know how that can feel "hot" after so long being so much colder. You should post a photo of the soccer canyon and what it takes to play high school sports in the Far North! As for the storm track, I am usually happy to have it overhead, but the few teases of spring we have had, and this morning's sunshine, is starting to make even me begin to long more heartily for much nicer days. Maybe we can send the storms even further south - like southern California, who needs it!
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10. polarbytes
12:40 PM GMT on April 12, 2012
Yesterday was glorious! 45, whoohoo, sunny with beautiful blue skies. Warmest day since last Sept. I told my wife I was anxious to get outside and do something and she said, yea, what?
I did go up to the high school and take some photos of the "canyon" that is the soccer field. The coach had hired a front loader to come in and push the snow off to the sides of the field and the snow berms surounding it make for an interesting pic.This is done each year but this year it is really impressive. My son hopes they can get on the field by next week because the team is making the long drive up to Anchorage to play in the big dome and he is getting quickly tired of that! Not to mention that he is anxious to drive his restored dodge dart that doesn't have any winter attire and can't get out our road to the main paved road just yet. So, bright sun is good,
we hope the storm track stays down by you guys. Sorry!










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9. JanesVacation
12:24 PM GMT on April 12, 2012
It's in the 20's here this morning. I covered my hydrangea bushes with a plastic tarp last night. I think they will be fine. All of my other plants are "used" to this hot/cold weather.

Australia is a long trip for only a week. My husband also adjusts well to long flights. His longest flights were last year when he worked in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He made three trips and then decided that was a bit TOO far to work and live in the U.S. That is when he accepted the job in Chicago. At least he is now able to drive the 3 hours home each Friday afternoon for the weekend!

Have a good Thursday. The countdown to summer is beginning at school.
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8. WatchinTheSky
3:44 AM GMT on April 12, 2012
Hi PSP! What's this I see about an earthquake in your neck of the woods (well, off the coast of Oregon)? Not something you hear too often, even though you have that big Cascadia subduction fault off shore (the worst kind - yikes). Must be all that rain :)
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7. BriarCraft
9:29 PM GMT on April 11, 2012
I saw a piece on the Weather Channel about Anchorage's record snowfall the other day. From all that I've gathered, the past 6 months have been full of horrendous weather for all of Alaska, even by Alaskan standards. Most of the weather that should have landed in the lower 48 went to Alaska and stayed there. Polarbytes must even be more ready for nice weather than we are here in western Washington.

The grass is growing here, but it's too wet to mow. Before long, the cats will be able to hide in the middle of the lawn. It was just starting to dry off these last two warm sunny days and now the rain is back. How's your yard doing?
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6. WatchinTheSky
4:41 PM GMT on April 10, 2012
Good to see Spring is making an appearance (especially on the weekend), even if in spurts and starts! Our weather seems to be synced up for the week, though I imagine you will end up with a lot more rain. It is unusual for us to get a couple chances for rain in April!
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5. polarbytes
12:38 PM GMT on April 10, 2012
Your weather sounds glorious! Wish I was there. We had snow, enough for Anchorage to break the all time snow record for a year. It's the second year in row we have had our church's easter egg hunt inside; just no way to do it outside with 10 foot snow berms everywhere. But all in all, this breakup season seems to be more gentle than usual and the snow is really melting. The weather service guys say it's because of the sunshine during the day, even though highs are only in the upper 30's, and cold temps at night. My driveway is getting very slushy. The road crews do a fantastic job as they come through to plow the road into the house every few days, removing the build up of slush which really helps get rid of the snow pak.
Here's hoping your sunshine continues and spring really breaks out in earnest!!
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4. JanesVacation
1:14 PM GMT on April 08, 2012
Happy Easter! I am headed to spend the day with my parents. They live about an hour and a half away, so I am going to head over there and enjoy the sunshine. I don't have to go back to school until Tuesday, so that gives me today and tomorrow to relax before the rush to the end of the school year begins!

Thanks for telling me about the Hawaii trip with your husband. I get frustrated with all of the time I spend alone, but you are right, I should just enjoy the times we do have.

Weather here is remarkably similar to yours. We have had 50-60F degree days and an occasional shower. Most of the time it is blue sky and light winds. The tulips are blooming about 4 weeks ahead of schedule. A few nights have been right around 32F, so our heat is often running at the beginning of each day. Like you, it is possible we will see a few wet snowflakes this time of year...but I hope not!
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3. PugetSoundPost
5:20 AM GMT on April 06, 2012
Yes, Polar, sunshine makes all the difference to one's "state of mind". Right now we are at the stage that when it does come out, it hurts our eyes. That improves by summer. Lol! Eastern Washington received a few inches of snow yesterday in some places. You aren't alone right now with snow still falling! But I am pretty sure it is done for us.

Briar, I agree that by this time of year sunshine makes a huge difference. Now the next thing is to work toward getting some consistent sunshine and be able to leave the sweaters and coats inside! Sometimes I feel colder outside now than I do back in mid-winter. Kind of a funny phenomenon to me.
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2. polarbytes
2:15 PM GMT on April 05, 2012
Here's hoping for a sunny day sunday for you! Spring I've learned is a state of the mind, still it's always nice to have a sunny day even if it is a cool one. Your temps aren't too much warmer than ours, but the last couple of days we have cooled down into the lower 30's with snow flurries. Actually, pretty typical for us at this time of year. You live in such a beautiful part of the country, I think any weather will yield good thoughts! Here's to a good week ahead.
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1. BriarCraft
9:30 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
My goodness, you got by with much less rain in March than 100 miles to the south. Our total was 9.7", with 1.1" on March 12 and 15, and 1.2" on March 29. Even if I'm not gardening this year, it would still be nice to see some blue sky and sunshine.
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