Autumn Turns Stormy

By: PugetSoundPost , 4:04 PM GMT on November 17, 2012

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November 27, 10:45 PM

Today was only our 4th dry day of the month! High, somewhat broken overcast and calm winds gave us a very rare totally dry day today! A high of 52 and the low was 34 this morning.

But, this respite is just about over. Rain comes in during the day tomorrow, and will continue again for some time, with breezy/windy weather possibly coming along too.

I started a little Christmas decorating today. My window village scene had a change of seasons - autumn is gone and Christmas bells are ringing over the village! So much more to do for Christmas, but it is a start at least. Now to find the time to do the rest of it.


November 26, 7:30 AM

A new week has arrived, dawning clear and still, and the Thanksgiving holiday has passed. But it was a busy one in our house!

By late morning on Thanksgiving, everyone had arrived and the house was full! Lots of noise and excitement in the air to have family together that has been increasingly difficult to gather, as everyone is getting busier and busier. And, even my mom was able to come! My youngest daughter and I picked her up, with all of her supplies (oxygen needs, mainly) and she came to our house for the first time since last June. I am so glad that we did make the effort to get her here, and she fared better than expected too! I think she rallied for the occasion a bit. Our table was beautiful, thanks to my sister's help (with some of the kids) with the decor and setting, and it was wonderful to have the Thanksgiving dinner event that we used to have regularly - 12 people around the table and even ping-pong afterward. Yes, we have so much to be thankful for this year, including our newest family member for the first time at the holiday table, our new son-in-law. So things change, but nice to re-visit the past a bit too. And, to top it off, Thursday was a dry day all day!

Rain returned on Friday, with a vengeance again. An inch of rain fell on such a murky-looking day that we haven't really had yet this season. No shopping for us. Just spent time with the family in a variety of ways, including old movies and a rousing game of Monopoly among many. We had 11 people staying in the house, so it was very full!

Most of the people started returning home on Saturday afternoon - a mostly dry day, but rain was in the area at times. It was wonderful that our daughter and new hubby stayed with us for two nights, even though they don't live very far away, so it was like having her home again too. Then yesterday, the remaining five of us took a day trip over to Leavenworth, two hours away just over the Cascades, a cute totally Bavarian-themed town. It was clear and cold, and the holiday crowds that they likely had earlier in the weekend were on the wane. Fun to go through shops and soak in a bit of German heritage that is in the family in a beautiful setting, backdropped by snowy Cascade peaks just behind the town and Christmas lights blazing along the main street. Once home it was time to hurry and get youngest daughter packed and back to college for the last push of the quarter before finals in just a few short weeks.

Now it is back to just four of us in the house, back into normal life, and often gone from the house. It is mostly clear again this morning, but frosty. Our low was 29 and it will be slow to warm, eventually into the 40's today, but dry again. Rain is coming by mid-week, but for now very quiet and pretty late November weather. It is time to get busy and put away all of the Thanksgiving and fall decorations around the house and really begin to get busy with Christmas. Hard to believe we are getting there so quickly now.



November 22, 8:15 AM

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!!

A pretty start to this day of Thanks! A broken, peaceful sky, as the sun has a soft glow behind some easy clouds. Promises to be dry for most of today. Rather welcome after a soggy week. We've had 3.89" rain just since Sunday. This respite shall only last until late tonight, but it is surely coming on a wonderful choice of days.

Off to tend to the turkey!



November 20,
A Record Day!

Well, what a day yesterday was!! When I said it was raining, I wasn't kidding. It rained and rained all day yesterday, a steady, moderately hard rain all day long. Clogged storm drains caused flooded streets or rushing rivers running down the steep streets, water spouting up through the manhole covers in the streets, and just a lot of soggy ground. In the end, here at home, we received 2.42" just yesterday! The official total for Seattle was similar, and I think I heard it was a new 24 hour rain record, but I believe we may have beat the official total. Not sure, but anyway, it Rained!!

But that was not all. Some places also had a lot of wind, however there was not much any place that I was yesterday. A few brief gusts in the afternoon sent leaves swirling, but wind was not really an issue for us, as it was in places. The news showed a semi that was blown over onto its side out on the coast. While wind didn't seem to be a factor for us, something else was - probably the rain itself - as just before 5:30 last evening, our power went out! I wasn't expecting that to happen, although we had heard there were scattered outages. So, here we were in the dark. And it dragged on. In the end it was out for six hours, all through the evening. A cheese and crackers and fruit dinner for us and nothing much else to do. And I have so much to do.

So, we are up and running this morning, but now I need to regroup from the things I didn't do last night, clean up a few things, reset the clocks, and then start on what I really need to do. I will run over and see my mom and then must get busy in the house and be ready for people to start arriving tomorrow!

We never know what each day will bring!!



November 19, 7 AM
A Very Wet Morning!

A raw, wet day underway. It is raining pretty hard and looks to continue for some time. It is 45 degrees and WET! Radar is showing a lot of rain over a very large swath of western Washington, extending far into the ocean. We are now over a half inch overnight, but the rate really just started to accelerate over the last hour or so. We are expecting it to get windier eventually too.

A busy week ahead and I need to make my to-do list and get started on it all. There are "pulls" in several directions today and need to accomodate them all.




November 17, 8:00 AM

Another turn in the season is underway. Beginning yesterday the true late autumn storm doors have opened. Rain moved in yesterday afternoon giving us .35" total into the night. But increasingly stronger systems are coming in now, on each other's heels. The next one is already at the coast, which should give us more pop than the last one, although this is the weakest of the next three, another tomorrow, another on Monday, and each successive day next week. The biggest punch should hit on Monday. Stronger winds that day and just a lot of rain over the next week. Today will be breezy with the rain, as well as tomorrow.

Currently it is dry, with a multi layer cloudy sky. But looking west and southwest the sky looks a lot more like "rain". A light wind is rustling the tree tops, but not too much. I expect more winds over the next 48 or so hours. There is some potential for river flooding by early next week as well with all the rain that is getting in line. High temperatures are running mid 40's-low 50's.

This pattern is pretty typical for late November, when the storms of autumn should be rolling in, creating just a lot of rainy, dark, and potentially windy days. I am glad these days are here now. Surely fits the time of year and is a good lead-in to the nearing holiday season to have such an active weather pattern shaping up.

Aside from the weather, so much for me to do and get busy with. Company coming next week, a big Thanksgiving dinner to organize, my mom is having more health troubles again (back in the hospital, but hopefully briefly this time), and Mr. PSP is getting over a little medical procedure as well. Time to get started with it all for this weekend!

November 17

Sunrise: 7:18 AM --- Sunset: 4:29 PM (PST)
(losing 2 min, 27 sec tomorrow)

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15. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
5:21 PM GMT on December 01, 2012
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14. polarbytes
2:33 PM GMT on December 01, 2012
PSP, wow, the storms you are having are huge! The big hi up here is shunting all that tropical air right over the west coast. WET,WET, WET and no end in sight.
Winds have been blowing here for the last week and that really helps to moderate the extreme cold down to more normal temps unlike the interior which is brutally cold, -55 in chicken. (Name fits as most are to "chicken" to live there in the winter.) A joyous holiday season to you and yours and hopefully you don't grow webs between your toes!!
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13. PugetSoundPost
4:04 AM GMT on December 01, 2012
Wow, what a rainy evening this has been so far! A new system rolled in from the SW late this afternoon and it is dumping rain on us. Just a few hours break since the rain early this morning.

I'm glad you are ready for it, BC! And, you are ahead of me - a lot of other things happening lately and I still have some fall yard clean-up to do! I was planning to be finished by this point, but not to be. Maybe I will find a half hour of time sometime soon, in-between the rain events that I agree are not likely to let up for some time to come! Looks like an inch easily again by the time today ends.

WTS- you sure need more rain than .04"! Maybe you need to move to northern California!
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12. BriarCraft
1:09 AM GMT on December 01, 2012
Sounds like you had a full house for Thanksgiving. And not only that, you enjoyed yourself. Couldn't ask for more.

I took advantage of those last dry days to tie up a few loose ends in the outdoor chore department. I have a hunch, we won't have another dry day for a month or so. December is our wettest month of the year. Hope you've got some good books lined up.
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11. WatchinTheSky
4:29 PM GMT on November 30, 2012
Hi PSP! Wow, 4 dry days consecutively in a row :)
Must have been getting crispy there!!!

I just checked my rain gauge this morning before I left for work - grand total for the last 3 days that the local tv folks have been predicting rain for us - drum roll please - .04" woohoo! December is almost here, maybe it will be more significant for us, rain wise. Not quite up to shopping yet, but it's early, says the procrastinator!
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10. JanesVacation
1:06 PM GMT on November 29, 2012
You certainly had a houseful over the weekend. It sounds like you enjoyed the family time together. Lots of pick up when it is over!

I woke this morning to GMA reporting on the nasty west coast weather. Looks like more rain is headed your way in the next few days. We are having dry weather and the snow has stayed away. Every day the snow stays away now makes the winter seem "shorter." I should still be able to get out for walks through the coming weekend. 4 times a week is my goal until the pavement becomes too slippery!

Gotta run. Have a good Thursday!
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9. PugetSoundPost
3:54 PM GMT on November 26, 2012
Hi Barefoot! Thanks for stopping by! It's nice to hear from people around the country - adds to the fabric of life for us. Each place is unique and I only know about your area in general terms. Stop by any time! I hope you had a great holiday weekend!

Hello Polar! Your weather certainly keeps you on your toes, but well covered ones! Some of your cold has filtered a bit our way, but greatly modified along the journey! We are cooler than we have been lately, but nothing too out-of-norm. The rainy pattern will re-develop in a couple of days.

As I wrote above, Thanksgiving weekend was wonderful for us and I think everyone had a good time. Just nice to get the family back together and to have all of our kids here again, actually spending the nights too! But after all of that fun, I am ready now to finish cleaning up and move along onto the new tasks, as well as rest a bit too! After such a big break from the routine, it suddenly is good to get back to the routine for the time being. Sure hoping your weather can moderate and ease for you for awhile and that the holiday was refreshing for you and your family as well.
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8. JanesVacation
12:16 AM GMT on November 26, 2012
Hope your weekend went well and as planned. I enjoyed reading what would be happening in your family this weekend.

The dry weather allowed me to drive the 60 miles to visit my Mom and Dad on Saturday. It was a great day together. they had Thanksgiving with my brother and his family, but I brought the leftovers from our meal and we enjoyed them together for lunch.

Back to school tomorrow. Steve had to return to Chicago on Friday afternoon for a rare Saturday work session, so I am ready to head back to school and have a bit of a social life again after a quite day today.

Hope your daughter and son-in-law returned safely. You had a houseful!
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7. polarbytes
1:53 PM GMT on November 23, 2012
PSP, I trust that yesterday was all you hoped it would be, kids and family together! Sounds as if Mother Nature is reminding you that you live in the GNW and not in one of those "drier" climates. But you could have our temps, take them, please do, and that way at least you wouldn't have rain,LOL! We are anxiously waiting a weather change being promised for next week so we can get rid of these frigid temps. But we do have a nice snow cover to help insulate, so that is good. Currently, -3 and yesterday's hi was 11.
But life is what you make it, eh? And so we enjoy even the brutal cold because we have heat and food and good family to help us weather it all, pun intended. Enjoy the weekend and stay dry!
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6. Barefootontherocks
7:07 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
Thanks for this blog. I read here frequently but don't comment.

Thankful to be Together on this fourth Thursday of November.

Happy Turkey Day, Puget Sound.

Can you put Humpty together? - click and drag pieces.





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5. Buckey2745
3:37 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving!
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4. calpoppy
2:41 AM GMT on November 22, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving, PSP to you and your family!

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3. PugetSoundPost
4:37 PM GMT on November 20, 2012
Thank you WTS for your greetings and well wishes for my family! Mr. PSP is doing better and is back to work, although still recovering each day. As you can see, we DID get a LOT of rain yesterday! Wow, it was wet! And the power outage just added to it all. Never know what to expect each day, it seems.

Today is looking brighter, at least for now, but another system, although much weaker, is due in later today. Rain pretty much each day this week. I enjoy it.
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2. JanesVacation
1:56 PM GMT on November 20, 2012
Thanks for stopping by my blog, always nice to hear from you. I was thinking of you as I was watching the weather on GMA this morning. I heard you were getting a soaking. It seems good weather for us in the midwest often means bad weather for those of you on the west coast.

Sounds like a very busy week for you. I am also cooking dinner, but there will only be 9 of us. My daughter and SIL won't be hear again since they are still in Antafagasta, Chile. Our son will come for dinner along with my sister and her family that live here in town. It should be 60 degrees, which will be a near record high for the day. Today is the last day of classes for me, so I have tomorrow free to prepare the fixins.

Hope things improve for Mr. PSP and your Mom. Will the newlyweds be attending?
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1. WatchinTheSky
5:01 PM GMT on November 19, 2012
Hi PSP :) busy season coming up - for sure! This will actually be a slow Thanksgiving for us, much of the family is spread out and no big get together.

Speedy recoup to Mom and Mr PSP! Seems like a couple nasty bugs going around lower Cali, stay safe And happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for the rainy details, I am vicariously enjoying!!
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