The Merry Days of December

By: PugetSoundPost , 1:26 AM GMT on December 10, 2012

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.

December 9
Sunrise: 7:45 AM --- Sunset: 4:16 PM (PST)

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8. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
8:20 PM GMT on December 16, 2012
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7. PugetSoundPost
5:08 PM GMT on December 15, 2012
Yes Polar, I remember Tom Bodette from the motel commercials. My husband likes to quote that ""keep the lights on for you" comment rather often. I actually like the dark days - wouldn't want them forever, but for now I like them. There is a whole lifestyle that goes with them that I enjoy, during the winter - being in the house, doing more "homey" things, etc.

We are looking for some active weather coming close. One system is on its way in this morning: lowering sky, some breeze (think it will increase before long),some sprinkles are out there already and only 38. The snow level is starting to drop too. Especially in a few more days - may see some snow even down to sea level. The bigger storm will roll into tomorrow night and into Monday morning. The track of the low is the big decider on who gets affected the most or how much, but it looks likeost all of us here in western WA should see something. Stronger winds are what will give this strom some possible snap.
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6. polarbytes
2:02 PM GMT on December 14, 2012
PSP and Briar, yep, you guys have the great gray in the Great NW. But that persistent drizzle is what makes the forest so lush and green all year round (when it isn't snow covered). We are approaching our shortest day, 4.33 hrs of daylight and then it is all uphill! But the dark has never bothered me like it does you and my wife, but her only because it makes it difficult to drive. But Up here, the dark brings more than just a sense of gloom, it is the danger moose on the roadways. Back to clear and cold for us after this weeks snow; but not as cold as it has been.
This is a good thing. Keep the lights on as Tom Bodette says and have a great and joyous weekend. If you don't know about Tom B, he is famous (infamous?) for his motel commercials, but used to live in Homer where he wrote books about the end of the road. He was/is an alaskan celebrity, but moved outside so we no longer claim him.
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5. PugetSoundPost
3:25 PM GMT on December 13, 2012
Hi Briar! Yes, you are right in your description of the NW. Our distinguishing feature of winter is not really the rain, as many places do get a lot more in total. But I think it is how it is presented here. It usually does not rain very hard around here, so unlike other places that rack up an inch in a very short time, then it clears and everyone moves on, here it just sputters along. It takes pretty much all day of steady rain to measure an inch, which it occasionally does, but not often. Meanwhile, it is just persistently overcast nearly all of the time, with frequent periods of light rain. I think that is the part that gives people a hard time with our climate. The sun just disappears for weeks at a time.

We are surely in that mode now. The forecast is just systems rolling in one after the other - hard to tell when one ends and the next one begins. Yesterday was a quite text book December day for us. Heavy overcast all day, rain off and on all day, totaling .52" for the day (very common daily total range)and no temperature change. Yesterday's high was 43 and the low was 39.

I so agree about the house lights too. Our lights are on in the house all day. It is too dark to see comfortably without them. With the short days anyway, plus that very gray and heavy sky all of the time, it is "gloomy" for sure. I have realized lately that by 2 pm we have the distinct feeling that evening is starting to settle over us, even though the earlier part of the day is not much better than early evening anyway. I start to feel by around 2 that it is getting time to "roost" and head home for the day, or wrap up activities, even though there are many more productive hours left in the day - have to remember that and keep on going with whatever it is.
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4. BriarCraft
7:54 PM GMT on December 12, 2012
Your description of the Murky Days of December is excellent. I have tried many times to draw a verbal picture to those who have never experienced it, but without success. Those from elsewhere just think rain, but there are many other places in the U.S. that have lots rain than we do. By the standards of a northwest native, Dec. 10 qualified as a "nice" day, since there was never "enough to tick the clicker in the rain bucket". Not much difference between day and night, with the short thermometer range and the persistence of the cloud deck above the fog. At this time of year, I keep lights on in the kitchen and living room every waking moment that I'm home, just because it is too gloomy otherwise.
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3. PugetSoundPost
5:55 AM GMT on December 11, 2012
You are certainly on a roll, WTS! Looks like we are going after your style a bit now with our fog. This is our fog season, also there are some chances in the fall, but December often seems to me to be the main fog month. But some years we really don't get much. We haven't had much this year during this last part of the year. Hoping for rain down your way.

Polarbytes! Certainly no snow around here, but the ski resorts are starting to open up now more fully. I think snowboarders were out around Thanksgiving in places. Just in the last week or so the mountains have really piled up some snow - only an hour away and we could be skiing! Which is a lot different from skiing off of your front porch! Too bad your kids have had to forsake cross country ski team if the snow is perfect for it. But, much through life has to be forsaken, it seems. I am enjoying our weather - not too super exciting, but it is a definite season - not just blindly turning calendar pages and no change from one to the next which would be hard for me. Enjoy your week ahead!
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2. polarbytes
2:14 PM GMT on December 10, 2012
PSP, the price of living in such a great place!LOL.
I have noticed that the storms seem to be swinging up into the NE gulf of alaska now and the weather guys up here promise it will continue for the forseeable future, so you are "doomed" to the gloomy days I guess. We had our first snow in three weeks over the weekend. I had gotten quite spoiled with all the clear, cold days and gotten out of the habit of snow plowing, but today will be a major cleanup day. But for the first year since the boys started high school, this snow does not portend great things; their work schedules are such they are not on the ski team this year. And it is the "perfect" x-ski snow: 14" and lower 20's. I, however, shall take advantage of it!! Have a good week.
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1. WatchinTheSky
3:48 AM GMT on December 10, 2012
Guess who's first!
I agree that the gray/drizzle weather is a nice backdrop for the holiday lights! An extra glow in the air. We have had a bit of fog here the last several days, though not really forming until the wee early hours of the morning, not really helps the lights. The next couple days swing to the opposite end, east breezes coming so humidity will be in the teens. Clouds again by the end of the week, maybe rain - one could hope :)

This is a long Christmas season, with Thanksgiving so early this year, lots of time to work up to it! Have a fun week!
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