Northwest Summertime

By: PugetSoundPost , 3:06 PM GMT on July 13, 2012

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August 19, 9 AM

The hot spell lasted all of two days. It ended late Friday. Yesterday saw only peeks of the sun and our high dropped to 77, still nicely warm, but such a big change from the previous two days in the middle 90's.

Now it is moving down even worse. Heavy marine layer that may not break out at all today, and temps dropping below normal again for the upcoming week. Probably hanging around 70 with a lot of clouds and sun now and then.

We are working hard to rush the wedding preparations to completion. Now I can say that it will occur at the end of next week!


August 17, 11:30 PM

Another hot day! High of 93! Summer time!


August 16, 7:30 AM
Hot! Hot! Hot!

This has been a really nice week - it could be the peak of our summer. We have been riding in the upper 80's all week with a lot of sunshine. So nice!! BUT, we are not finished yet! In fact, today and tomorrow will be even hotter - well into the 90's is forecast and we seem to be on our way early this morning. Again, it is slated to last only two days, with cooling coming on the weekend, but by then that may be nice too. So, here we go into Summer!!

A wedding update: Only 16 days to go now! We are closing in on our preparation completion. I think most everything is in place, but there are still details to finish. The music is chosen (with some prickly technical issues still to work out on the CD's we are putting together), the reception slideshow (movie) is complete, thanks to the diligence of my younger daughter, the florist has worked through a sudden problem in getting the hydrangea we wanted, the decorating plan is in place, and much more seems to be ready to go. But, we still need to work out this CD problem, and still have to start in on creating the program to hand out, order all of our needed table linens (renting), and round up a helper crew for set-up and clean-up, among other things not on the top of my head right now. My mom is getting along so-so, after time out yesterday to take her to the dentist, with a couple of other appointments next week, and hopefully she can manage along and make it to the wedding. So, progress is being made each day and we need to keep it up now! For anyone reading from around here, enjoy the heat!

Update, 11:30 PM: A HOT day today! Our high at home reached 95! Sure not used to it, but nice for a jolting change of pace!


August 8, 7:30 AM

Our hot weekend is fading fast into memory. Between Sunday and Tuesday we dropped 22 degrees and added in 100% cloud cover. Yesterday's high was only 73 and it never did clear at all. Today is starting out with another overcast morning and is not going to be any warmer; unless it maybe does clear sometime, even a little. Oh well. Lots to do today. Spending time on my mom's arrangements as she is about to transition back to her assisted living apartment and see what else wedding-related I can get done. The next big looming thing is the shower we are having here on Friday. Not sure the house is quite ready for it yet!



August 6, 7:45 AM

It DID get hotter yesterday! Topped out at 95 at our house! We haven't been that hot in at least a couple of years - last summer's high was just 92. Anyway, it was hot for us and our house was boiling by afternoon/evening. The good news on that part is that it never lasts long.

This morning is still quite warm, but more humid and cloudier. There is a chance of thunderstorms today and I see the clouds starting to build a bit to the east over the Cascades. I'll take it and hope for some thunder!



August 5, 8 AM

Summer Weekend is in its second day today, and by tomorrow we will be past it, with cooler weather coming.

But for now, a HOT day is ramping up. Clear blue skies and it is quickly heating up. Our high yesterday was 91 and today may be just a bit hotter. Our low this morning was only 63, very remarkable by itself. We enjoyed eating outside yesterday, something I love to do whenever it is feasible.

Here is a quick review of July:

Warmest Temperature: 86 (7/8)
Coolest Temperature: 47 (7/5)
Coolest High Temperature: 67 (7/3)
Wettest Day: July 3 (.75")
Days of Measurable Rain: 8

Total Rainfall for July: 1.68"

Note: This July looks very similar to last July for temperatures. But, this July was considerably wetter, although the rain was bunched into fewer days. An overall "wet" July, since the summertime is our dry season.

August 5
Sunrise: 5:51 AM --- Sunset: 8:36 PM (PDT)
(losing another 2 min, 51 sec tomorrow)



August 4, 7:20 AM
Hot Weather Arrives!

Our Summer Weekend is here! Sunny blue skies this morning, and we should hit 90 this weekend! It would the first time in a long time - not since last August!

It is also Seattle's biggest festival weekend of the year- Seafair Weekend. The highlights of the weekend include the unlimited hydroplane races on Lake Washington, complete with an Air Show featuring the Blue Angels performing both today and tomorrow. With this heat that no one is used to, the huge crowds on the beaches are going to be HOT and Sunburned! But, not much worry on that for me. I will be well ensconced inside working on a wedding slideshow. Four weeks to go!


July 27, 8 PM

After a couple of quite nice days (low 80's) and sunshine, we reversed course today. The clouds never cleared today, so a dreary day and cool. It stayed mainly in the 60's but the sun must have plowed through the clouds a bit stronger this late morning to allow the high temp to reach 72. A light jacket felt nice after running around too long without one earlier today.

The wedding is getting closer. Even as I type the couple is working on choosing a First Dance song (so tough to do!) after a day of ring shopping and they did get the marriage license. It is really becoming "real" now! Sweet times for them.


July 23, 7:20 AM

Overcast skies this morning and another "summer" morning is underway. Our cool spell is continuing. Another day in the 60's is forecast and possible rain showers. Overnight .14" of rain dropped on us and more showers are possible today. This pattern is quite well entrenched. Not much difference is coming in the near future, but Wednesday is expected to improve and be the best day of the coming week.

A few very busy days for us just completed. The whole family went to a nearby Puget Sound beach on Friday and had a picnic and beach fire. The day started miserably at home - .61" of rain in the morning, but thankfully the rain stopped by early afternoon and we had a dry afternoon/evening at the beach, but it was too windy during the actual picnic, creating a variety of challenges. The wind did die down by late afternoon/evening and was pleasant enough around the fire, so overall the day was salvaged, but memorable too. The bride-to-be in the family managed to sprain her ankle, again, while chasing sea gulls that wanted in on the picnic, but thankfully it is not as bad this time as it was in March. Then yesterday our family visited the touring King Tut exhibit in Seattle and that was wonderful! Probably our only time to see real artifacts from ancient Egyptian pharoahs and tombs, including cool artifacts from King Tut's tomb. A wonderful exhibit and experience!


July 17, 7:10 AM

The summertime weather that BriarCraft likes (see comment below) is continuing. A mix of clouds and sunshine through each day is continuing. By afternoon the weather has been quite nice, with sunshine and topping out into the low 80's for us.

I just came in from sitting outside with coffee and the newspaper and an anxious hummer zeroing in on the feeder, and while we have a solid overcast, it is quite pleasant and warm - currently 64 degrees at 7 AM!! For so much of the year it never, ever gets that warm, let alone so early in the morning! Therefore, nothing to complain about.

Much needs to be accomplished today. I am trying to pick up the pace on more and more of the little details of wedding planning that need to be finished, plus another family birthday is on its way this week, and more visits to my mom. Swim team is now over forever, ending over the past weekend with good performances by my daughter in her last meet, and it does feel good to knock that big time commitment off of the calendar. Lots more to take its place!


July 13, 8 AM

For anyone counting, as of today, we are 50 days away from the wedding! It is going fast and life has been fast too. So much to do each day and on some days good accomplishment is made, and on other days, well, not so much accomplishment. But overall we are moving forward step by step. It has been hard to find time for the bride to sit and get much done, in between working two jobs with crazy hours, and the rest of us have been busy too. My mom is slowly doing better, but she is still in a nursing facility for strengthening and recovery. I have had to spend less time with her this week and more time at home, mainly pushing hard to get our invitations out, today hopefully! But I can't be away too long. So far the plates are still spinning in the air.

Meanwhile, summer has arrived for us! As is customary, July 5 seemed to mark a turn-around in the weather, bringing a string of temps in the 80's and a lot more sunshine! Hooray! But, even so, we aren't really at our peak yet. We are still experiencing some marine layer mornings, just as we are this morning. For anyone who doesn't know what "marine layer" is (I'd guess anyone away from the West Coast) it is a push of moister, cooler air off of the ocean into the inland areas, creating a low solid stratus cloud layer over us. Here is a textbook definition:

"A replacement of the current air mass with air from off the ocean. Temperatures are much cooler and relative humidities much higher. The air mass is generally much more stable in this situation."

The clouds give the appearance that rain may occur, but it doesn't, unless it is extremely heavy when it then may drizzle. But for the most part it is dry, just an overhead blanket of gray stratus clouds. It usually comes in overnight and greets us first thing in the morning, when it occurs. The good news with this is that typically with enough daytime heating, it will "burn off" and dissipate, leaving clear skies behind for usually sunny afternoons, as it often is around noon when it will burn off. Perhaps sooner in the summer with the stronger sun and heating.

When we are at the height of summer (late July/early August), the marine layer won't occur and we should expect a few weeks of bright, sunny mornings. We aren't there yet. This morning is gloomy, and a couple of other mornings this week have been as well, but the sun should come out eventually and at this time of year, the temperature will rise rapidly once we see the sun. A pretty typical pattern for us. The marine layer is often called "nature's air-conditioner" during the summer months, and if we do have a true heat-wave sometime during the summer, the arrival of the marine layer is the sure sign that the heat-wave has been broken, as pressure patterns have reversed and the ocean air, always much cooler, is being sucked in over us, bringing cooling.

We are not in a heat-wave now, so no worries on that score for the time being, but summer is here. Actually we have a chance of thunderstorms over the next couple of days and that would be fun for all. Our thunderstorms are pretty rare, and usually not all that threatening, so it is something to look forward to. This summertime is bringing a lot for us to look forward to!

July 13
Sunrise: 5:24 AM --- Sunset: 9:03 PM (PDT)
(shorter by 1 min, 47 sec. tomorrow)

UPDATE: Well, wouldn't you know it. After writing the above description of "marine layer" and how it is common, but not usually rain threatening, within minutes of posting, by surprise, thunder claps were heard in the distance and it has been rumbling rather frequently ever since! And now it is raining! As I mentioned, thunderstorms were in the forecast, but I expected it much later in the day, and the gray clouds covering us this morning were really rain clouds in disquise! Kind of ironic. We have had dozens of real marine layer days and I haven't expounded upon them, then the minute I do, it wasn't marine layer after all!! Actually there is marine layer at the lower levels, but an upper low is currently centered over western Washington, providing instability above the marine layer, allowing the thunderstorms to fire up this morning. Seems like a pretty unusual situation for us.

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18. PugetSoundPost
12:30 AM GMT on August 13, 2012
Nice to hear from you Briar! I will pause a moment and write a bit here. Such a beautiful day today! Mid 80's today, and as you wrote, hot weather lies ahead later this week! A little burst of summer! At last!

We made it through last week! My mom did move back home, and with increased services from the retirment home, I feel a bit more secure, but she is quite insecure about her health and situation. I think with a little more time she will adjust further, but she found out it is harder being more on her own than she thought. The next challenge is that she needs a dental appointment this week. I was surely hoping to avoid all further appointments for the next three+ weeks.

The shower was a great success! The three bridesmaids did a real nice job pulling it off, the house got a nice cleaning and a good turnout of guests seemed to have a fun, festive time; and I know the bride had a wonderful time. The table was beautiful and the food (tea party) was delightful! What else can we hope for??
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17. BriarCraft
7:03 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
I hope relocating your mom went as well as possible and that she's comfortable in familiar surroundings again.

Bridal shower and associated house-cleaning done? Something tells me the house needed cleaning again after the shower. Hope that wasn't too bad.

Some hot days coming up this week. I hope you don't have to be scurrying around too much in the heat.
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16. PugetSoundPost
2:33 PM GMT on August 08, 2012
Yes, WTS, our temperatures have considerably moderated. That is something we can always count on - short heat waves. But, it is making it a lot easier to focus on the things I need to do. Too many hot days throw us for a loop!
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15. WatchinTheSky
8:11 PM GMT on August 07, 2012
I see your temps are back down, just in time for activity ramping up! With all that whirl wind of activity, you'll have to be careful you don't spin up an F1 :)
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14. PugetSoundPost
2:50 PM GMT on August 06, 2012
Hi WTS! Yes, the weeks are closing fast now. We still have wedding projects to do but I feel like we are in pretty good shape. This is a busy week ahead. Some decorating meetings/work to do, I have to move my mom out of the nursing home and back to her assisted living place later this week (and it will take a lot of time to settle her back in) and the very next day a bridal shower at our house, which my other daughter and a couple of other bridesmaids are organizing. I get to house clean! Crazy week ahead, actually.
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13. WatchinTheSky
5:16 PM GMT on August 05, 2012
Wow! 91 yesterday and maybe warmer today - Sounds like summer has arrived, for a couple days anyway :)
We should make to that temp by the end of the week, been mid 80s so far.
Barely three weeks - fast and furious?
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12. JanesVacation
3:16 PM GMT on August 05, 2012
Glad to hear the hot weather is finally making an appearance for you. I was looking at the temperatures you had for July and they are very chilly. We would be disappointed if we had temperatures here like that in July. I've been complaining about the heat because we had the hottest July on record. I prefer a bit more moderation!

I made a slideshow for our daughter's wedding and then we decided not to use it. Have you tried Animoto? It makes the slideshow look very professional. I had a blast looking at all of the pictures while I was working on it. The wedding was 2 years ago tomorrow and I am happy to say the marriage seems to be going well. :) I am hoping for a grandchild in the next year or so. We shall see.
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11. JanesVacation
12:53 AM GMT on August 01, 2012
"Sweet times for them," I really like that phrase. It has been such fun watching my daughter get married and adjust to all of the things we all go through as we make the transition to a married couple. It makes me think of all of the fun times my husband and I have had through the years.

Big rain storm here last night - a dead pine tree came down across the driveway (much to my surprise as I went driving out this morning!) 65 mph winds and over an inch of rain overnight. I guess our drought is officially over.

4 more weeks of vacation before school begins. Enjoying every moment!
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10. polarbytes
2:44 PM GMT on July 29, 2012
Haven't stopped by for awhile, but i see you are busier than ever!! It looks like a wonderful rest of the summer is in store, but I bet you wish you could really get some "summer", huh? Especially in time for the wedding. It seems all the NW is stuck in this weather regime, even us up here in the frozen wasteland. One or two sunny or partly cloudy days followed by several cloudy and rainy ones. We have officially entered into that record cool summer zone.
Only one day so far of 70 degrees and nothing above that. Oh well, no fire danger at least! But I know that in true NW spirit, nothing really dampens what you still do and will do, rain be darned. So best as the days count down. Enjoy it, as I know you will.
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9. BriarCraft
8:09 PM GMT on July 28, 2012
I've only ever been to a couple of formal weddings and certainly never participated in one, so I can only imagine all the busy-ness and expense involved. By the time it's over, I'll bet you and hubby will be ready for a vacation. Hang in there!

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8. WatchinTheSky
5:33 PM GMT on July 26, 2012
Good to see Fabio didn't overstay his welcome too much! A little sunny weather every once in a while, yes? How are your hummingbirds doing? have not seen any Rufous returning from your area yet, but it's early. Almost the weekend :)
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7. JanesVacation
3:43 PM GMT on July 25, 2012
You have really had a challenging summer with all of the rain and cool temperatures. The weather here couldn't be more opposite. We are enjoying the first cool morning of the summer today. It is ONLY 71 degrees and I can hear the rumble of thunder over Lake Michigan.

10 years ago we had a summer like you are experiencing. My daughter always remembers it because she was home during summer break from college and we ended up wearing jackets the entire summer! It was by far the worst summer ever because when fall began it seemed like we never had a summer break. I hope August improves for you and also for the wedding!

My daughter writes a travel blog of her adventures traveling around the world. Here it is, since you seem to have an interest in travel yourself! http://postcardsfromamanda.com/2012/07/23/a-photog enic-nova-scotia/
It is called Postcards from Amanda on Word Press. I don't think you have to log in or anything to read it.
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6. PugetSoundPost
4:50 PM GMT on July 20, 2012
Hi All,

Sounds like Fabio didn't light up the folks in southern California, but he is making an impact on us today! It is a RAINY morning! Nearly a half inch so far and still raining, a breeze is kicking up, the sky is socked in like January, and the only real positive is that it is warmer than January, by a lot, but too cool for the middle of July. It is currently 58 at nearly 10 AM. Our birthday picnic to the beach is facing severe challenge right now. We aren't able to go for another three or so hours, so perhaps it will diminish by then and just turn to "scattered showers" and probably too breezy. On the lookout for covered picnic areas! Too bad this soaker had to blow in today!
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5. WatchinTheSky
3:49 PM GMT on July 20, 2012
Looks like you are still cool and off and on rain. I can only wish! we are flirting with 90 here and clear skies. Muggies are gone so it's not bad (unless you are in the sun!) No monsoon rain yet, Fabio was a bust.
Good luck with the tomatoes, one of the joys of summer!

Stopped by JV's blog - your Italy trip sounded fun, brought back memories of ours last November. Very nice time to go, if you can swing it, perfect high temps (60s-low 70s) and only one day of rain.

Countdown clock still ticking - excitement building,. barely a month!
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4. JanesVacation
1:01 PM GMT on July 20, 2012
Happy Birthday to your husband. It would be a great day for a picnic here. We are having a short break in the heat and the humidity. My nephew works at a hot dog and ice cream stand near our local state park. My sister and I have plans to go there for lunch today - so I guess we WILL have a picnic! He promised they have Chicago-style dogs, so gotta go and check that out. (Vienna beef on a seeded bun with green relish, onion and sprinkled with celery seed.) Yum!

We will be around the house this weekend. Temperatures are expected to soar once again in the 90's so a jump in the pool will be on the agenda. Hamburgers on the grill with some fresh corn sounds good, too. I'm headed to the grocery store in about an hour. Thinking about dropping by my school on the way to see if anyone is around. I miss hearing the "news!" Five more weeks of summer break remain...woohoo!
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3. JanesVacation
10:49 AM GMT on July 19, 2012
We had rain overnight - only a half inch. Our summer has been the hottest on record since the 1930's and the driest since the mid 1950's. I'm not a farmer having to deal with crop losses, so I have nothing to complain about.

Is the wedding over Labor Day weekend? I didn't count the days, but I am guessing that would be about 50 days away.
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2. WatchinTheSky
6:29 PM GMT on July 17, 2012
If there was just some way to keep the winds out of the west, the weather would stay so pleasant (for those on the coastal strip of west US). Of course, we would dry out like the desert without the winter rain from the north and sometimes summer rain from the south. Is there no way to win?
Last week we got a taste of the summer muggies when the weather began coming in from the south east.

Less than 50 days, must seem like it's getting close!
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1. BriarCraft
11:26 PM GMT on July 13, 2012
No rain here. And, in fact, my ideal summery weather -- cool, overcast mornings good for working in the yard and warm, sunny afternoons good for sipping ice tea on the deck. In my book, it doesn't get much better than this. I hope you're enjoying it, too!
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