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 , 7:23 AM GMT on June 04, 2012
June 12, 6:30 AM
Cloudy Skies, Rain on the Way, Probably
High overcast came in overnight, bringing a 50/50 threat of light rain today. More chances as the week goes on for the same. It is just about at the overnight low of 55, which is pretty warm for us. It feels rather humid right now. Yesterday was the most sunshine in awhile and it did reach 80, but I was indoors most of that time, looking at dishes and kitchen needs.
We MADE it through our BIG college graduation late week and weekend! It all turned out very nicely and was a special time for our family. The main huge commencement ceremony was outdoors Saturday afternoon in the stadium where our Seattle Seahawks play. We had never been there before. Rain was a threat, and being true northwesterners, we lugged rain gear along with us, but we NEVER needed it! :) The weather turned out just fine. It was partly cloudy, with a few sunbreaks, light wind, and no rain! The temperature was just about right. Not too hot, a light jacket felt about right, and not too cold either. So no sunburns and we stayed dry too. The ceremony was very nice and very efficiently executed, we saw our son many times and had wonderful seats. We did not see our soon-to-be SIL in the ceremony, however, causing much consternation from my daughter, as he was on the opposite side of the field from us, but some scanning photos we took in his general direction and then we zoomed in on the photos, brought delight when we found him in the crowd of grads. We had three days of graduation in a row for my son, plus a little family party afterward at home, then followed by a 21st birthday for another son on the weekend too. We now have cake up to the gills in the house, and I have joked we need to just have a "cake dinner" soon and finish it all up once and for all! But, good times for the family. Oh, lest I forget, the same day we did the birthday, we were moving my daughter home for the summer from college. Soon will be gone the days when she can do all of her moving in one trip of a VERY stuffed SUV but still manage to also stuff four people into the car as well, although super tightly. She is half way through nursing school now! For so long she was stressing and working so hard just to get into UW's program, and now it is half way finished. Time sure flies by, faster and faster.
Then back to wedding planning yesterday, with just a couple of days to zip around with my daughter this week, we were back to the mall for most of yesterday looking for registry items, and likely another run at it today.
June 7, 9:45 PM
Another Rainy Day
Resting in a chair this evening, after a quite busy day. And another rainy day at that. We added in another .55" rain into the bucket today and reached 63 degrees with the low of 48. It has been rather breezy too. Overall not a very good day, although there was some drying this afternoon.
I spent the day running from one thing to the next and covering a lot of ground. Organizing graduatons, a birthday, sitting in incredible traffic for too long, and getting my daughter in for a wedding dress fitting. Finished the day off by attending an awards program for my high schooler. Proud of her! But also missing a graduation event for my college grad. Dad and younger brother covered that one. He has two more grad events over the next two days, so I shall still have chances to see him! Wish the weather would improve.
June 5, 10:45 PM
What a Rainy Day!
Earlier today I saw this day and the recent run of gloomy weather referred to as "June-uary" and it was rather fitting. Wow! Did it ever rain today! So far today 1.00" of rain has fallen and it is currently 47 degrees. The high was 59, but something about that seems fishy. While driving around about all I saw for temperature was closer to 52 or so. I'll admit that is warmer than January, but it sure had the January "look". Very heavy and dark overcast all day, cool,and rain pretty much all day.
Because of this current situation we find ourselves in, there was NO WAY we would ever see the Venus Transit today. So, first the annular eclipse, and now this celestial event all washed away for us.
Another tire event today too. Another blown tire, on a different car, different driver, when another guy drove my son nearly off the road today in another nearby town, causing him to swerve to avoid the accident and go up onto a curb, blowing the tire. Of course, when he tried to change the tire he could not budge it to pull it off the car! After a series of events, the passage of much time, did we finally connect and have a AAA guy come and pound the tire off using a 2x4, while we stood out in especially soaking rain the whole time. Funny, but when I left home this morning to take my mom for groceries, I knew I wore the wrong coat (not meant for rain!), planning on the rain ending about then, which it did not! Little did I know that wrong coat choice was going to bite me before the day ended. All's well that ends well, but now tomorrow we must figure out how many tires to replace on this car! Not the way I was expecting to spend this week so far. Tomorrow is a busy day.
June is here, the traditional start to summer. This year it means "Transition" for my family. Weather-wise, this is our month, here in the Pacific Northwest, to make the hopefully full transition from spring to summer. It is still a work in process. The weather has been pleasant enough, but nothing too spectacular, and certainly not what we should be expecting in the next few weeks: summer. The temperatures have warmed so that even on cloudy days, which most have been lately, it is feeling like summer is only a few hilltops away, rather than several mountain ranges, which it was for so long. Spring blooms, such as rhododendrons and azaleas are starting to fade now, although they are far from gone. But the peak of their annual delightful show has passed and the blooms on many bushes are starting to look old and fading. Some of the later blooming bushes (it is kind of a rolling show, with some blooms showing in early spring, while others are the proverbial "late-bloomers") are still quite bright and showy. My potted flowers that I started about a month ago are beginning to muscle up and are looking nicely established and pretty. This is a delightful time of year - still the spring fresh look, but a bit more mature looking outside too. Green everywhere - the trees are a wall of green all over, green grass, and lots of fresh floral greenery. A calming landscape.
And other transitions are underway as well. At the end of this week my oldest son will go through Spring Commencement at University of Washington. That plus two different department ceremonies first will make a very busy graduation week. He actually finished school last December, but since all the ceremonies are only once a year, we are now finally closing this chapter in his life. Then, later this month, is our youngest child's high school graduation. She has had an amazing run with school since kindergarten and now is ready to launch away. I am clearly ready to "finish" high school, after four kids have traversed through, but there is that bit of bittersweetness to it as well, as this chapter closes for her and for us. And, to further the transitions, our oldest daughter's wedding is quickly approaching now, on Sept. 1. In a week or so, she will be moving back home for the last time, for summer, and the mad dash will be underway to complete the planning. So many other activities and events are happening too, not to mention a successful Prom last night, and I am imagining that June, and the rest of the summer, will spin by me, pretty well out-of-focus the entire time.
This particular week is the kick-off to everything mentioned. Each upcoming day is Full and the addition this evening of a flat tire as my youngest was coming home from work, now requiring a new set of tires to be purchased ASAP, is just throwing another unplanned spinning plate into the air. Ahhh. Time to fasten our seat belts.
Before I wrap this up, I will post some photos from our litle trip over Memorial Day weekend. Likely a rare opportunity to get out during this season. It was a wonderful outing, over to Central Washington, east of the Cascades - about a 2-2.5 hour drive from here. First to visit a Wind Farm that is pretty new. The wind knows how to blow over there, so a good placement. We were able to take a little tour, including a look up the tower of a turbine from inside the base. Then by chance we happened into a state park that we have passed many times before and never stopped at. It is a heritage site, preserving a 1875 farm. The evening light, gray, semi-threatening skies, all lent a wonderful feeling and quality to our wanderings around the place, nearly by ourselves.
These photos are from Olmstead State Park, near Ellensburg, WA, and also Wild Horse Wind Farm, a bit further east closer to the Columbia River. A few other photos are in the series posted on WU.
May in Review
Average High: 69
Average Low: 45
Highest Temperature: 82 (5/14)
Lowest Temperature: 37 (5/10)
Lowest High: 60 (5/3 and 5/22)
Warmest Night: 54 (5/31)
Wettest Day: May 21 (.60" rain)
Total Days of Measurable Rain: 17
Total Rain for May: 3.44"
*note: May was another month with two halves. The first half was distinctly nicer than the second half. Warmer, sunnier, drier. Then it suddenly changed to our more usual cloudier, cooler, wetter pattern, which is somewhat continuing into June. Also, we had more rain in May than we did in April.
Sunrise: 5:12 AM --- Sunset: 9:02 PM (PDT)
(gaining 1 min, 15 sec tomorrow)
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