December 14, 11:15 AM
The MIA sun has been found! Partially anyway. Morning fog has lifted, partially, to reveal a broken sky above, but I think some substantial patches of blue may be up there! The sun is shining through all of that into our window (but also fades in and out) and it is catching our eye, to be sure!
It is wet and chilly in spite of all that. Currently 41 degrees and the overnight rain (.28") and then the fog has all of the trees glistening wet and dripping in the sun. The birds sure were happy awhile ago with the first sun! A large flock was all over our seed feeder and I always wonder where they are the other days. They still need to eat, don't they? Hate to say it, but the sun is kind of struggling. Not sure it really has enough strength to clear the skies.
Our youngest child is now home from college for Christmas break, so it is a relief to be finished with school for a few weeks now. Even for me, who doesn't go.
We are on watch now for a weather change. Today looks quiet, but tomorrow a little stronger system will move through, but mainly we are watching for a possible "storm" late in the weekend into Monday. There is a chance for some stronger winds with rain and mountain snow, along with possible flooding on the marine waters. Always depends on the ultimate track of the deep low forming offshore, so there is still plenty of time to call it all off. But for now, something to watch!
December 10, 9:30 PM
Fog today. Hanging just about tree-top level all day until sometime in the mid afternoon when it lifted enough just to reveal a cloud deck that had been there all along; just hidden by the fog below. So it never did clear, but I did not expect it to. Not a breath of air and no sun to warm anything enough. Now by mid evening the fog has settled in again, although it is not pea soup either. Just kind of lightly hanging in the air. It was heavier this morning. I like fog; most of the time. There have been a handful of lifetime extra "scares" with fog while driving, but none of those events were here in western Washington. So, as I say, most of the time I like it. Especially on a dark wintry day like today.
Our high today was 44, the low was 39. No rain, not even drippiness from the fog was enough to tick the clicker in the rain bucket. Really just a quiet day.
"Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say, 'Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?'"
December 9, 5:30 PM
Based on today, I should call this blog The Murky Days of December, but I will go the more positive route. True December days are here for now - dark, dank, and no sunshine anywhere. Our high today was 41, the low this morning was 36, and we have had .09" of mostly drizzly rain throughout much of today. Low hanging and heavy ceilings, just about could call it foggy for most of the day, have shrouded us in dark, damp, chilly weather. Time to really break out the winter sweaters and scarves!
But, this weather is typical for December and to me really helps make the season bright and merry! The Christmas lights, music, color, and energy of the season is highly contrasted by the weather, and it brings out just how nice it is to have the Christmas season to push us through these dark, gloomy days.
We've done a little volunteering lately and also working on various Christmas projects to get ready to celebrate later this month. But a long ways to go for me. For now just enjoying December and the arrival of winter and all that comes along with it for us.
Sunrise: 7:45 AM --- Sunset: 4:16 PM (PST)