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 , 4:04 PM GMT on November 17, 2012
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!
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!
Sunrise: 7:18 AM --- Sunset: 4:29 PM (PST)
(losing 2 min, 27 sec tomorrow)
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