Cold Snap

By: PugetSoundPost , 3:13 PM GMT on December 02, 2013

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December 6, 9 AM

The cold snap is continuing, and perhaps strengthening today through the weekend. We have had a lot of sunshine, except for yesterday. A weak system dropped south just off of the coast and spread a higher, thin overcast over us all day. Some areas got some snow out of it and others only flurries, and places like my house (and big area around) got nothing. But, the cloud cover did dampen the high temperature down to only 34 yesterday. The mornings have been cold, 22 for us the past two mornings in a row. I know that more outlying areas and probably in the valleys are likely colder.

The weekend ahead has potential to be cooler yet, as more cold air is being drawn down from Canada, but we will see how that pans out. It is sunny again today, so that will give the high temp a little boost.

There are waffling chances of snow around Monday/Tuesday, but pinning anything down seems to be challenging. Meanwhile the change this week has been fun and refreshing. Today I need to run some errands and look forward to the day.

December 2, 7:15 AM

A big change is underway, as the calendar flipped to December. Winter is here to stay.

Cold air is coming up the walkway to the front porch and should start knocking on the door over the coming hours of today. A big pattern change is allowing cold, continental Canadian air to flow in a bit of an unusual direction: toward us. And, it looks like it packed more than an overnight bag, as it plans to stay through the week, perhaps.

These cold outbursts happen now and then during the winter, but it certainly is not our "usual" winter fare, where we usually stay much more maritime influenced, and thus moderated, in temperature. But this time all is lining up right to allow the cold air to flow, and with some force if you are north of us closer to the border, out of the Fraser River Valley in Canada, spilling out the really cold interior air that had been bottled up. By the time it reaches us it does moderate some, so places east of the Cascades, and all the way to the Great Plains I think I heard, will get even more frigid air, but for us it will still be a slap in the face compared to what we more typically see.

Snow is a possibility today and possibly later in the week, but the chances are not great and if it does snow it's not likely to amount to much. But the cold air will be coming, sending the region into the teens and 20's for lows and as they say, "struggling to reach freezing" during the day, and it is expected to last all week and maybe into the weekend! So, a good shot of winter is at hand.

Yesterday didn't turn out as expected much here for weather. The advertised rainy/windy storm was a bust, here in the metro area, anyway. We had just about zero rain, in the end, due to stubborn rain shadowing from the Olympic Mountains. But heavy rain did affect areas north and south of us and the mountains got a good soaking. We were overcast all day but only sprinkles for rain. It was fairly warm, so this switch that is underway today will really be felt.

Thanksgiving went well for us and it was a good time. Our two dinners were nice and we could see everyone between the two. We had company here for part of the time. One highlight was a trip to the zoo in Seattle on Friday! It was great! It was a chilly, overcast day (upper 40's and kind of threatening rain, but it never happened) and while certainly not crowded, there were people going around the zoo besides us. We had a large group, so it was festive. As a nice bonus, some of the animals were the most active I have ever seen them in the zoo and were fun to watch. One fun thing to watch was a lion hunting some ducks swimming in their moat/pond. A flock of ducks had flown in and was happily swimming around on the water, all the while a lion was on the shore stalking them! No one ended up being hurt by it all but it was fun to watch. Now on their winter hours, the zoo closes at 4 pm (getting rather dark by then) and so you have to keep moving to see it all. Everyone had a good time and our visitors, who live on a farm, have not had much zoo experience.

Now onto Christmas and a flurry of activity. We have some lights up on the house now, and my Fall decorations are put away. This week I need to really focus on getting things turned toward Christmas, the season is so short this year, and I don't want to spend all of it on chores. The cold, possibly snowy weather ought to send us off in the right direction for the coming Christmas season.

November in Review:

Average High: 52
Average Low: 38
High Temperature: 61 (Nov. 1)
Low Temperature: 25 (Nov. 21)
Coldest High: 43 (Nov. 21)
Wettest Day: Nov. 7 (1.02" rain)
Days of Measurable Precip: 18

Total Rain for November: 3.82"

Note: The temperatures for this November compared to last November are similar. But what a difference in rainfall! Last November we saw nearly three times the amount of this year - a whopping 9 inches! Once September was over this year, the autumn ended up quite dry.

December 2
Sunrise: 7:37 AM --- Sunset: 4:18 PM (PST)
(losing 1 minute, 35 seconds tomorrow)

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16. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
8:32 PM GMT on December 13, 2013
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12. PugetSoundPost
5:14 PM GMT on December 10, 2013
Calpoppy: Yes, the Seahawk games are LOUD! We have not been in person to any games, but those who have attest to how incredible it is. I think many wear earplugs through the games. Not so good a result this week, but we will be undaunted.

Briar: Looks like no snow for us, by surprise. I thought we would see even a little. Plenty cloudy and cool enough the last couple of days, but it isn't happening. Perhaps down your way? Thank you for your thoughts on the family gatherings. Our family is pretty big on holidays and getting together, but it is different without the next generation up (yikes, Mr. PSP and I are IT now!) and our kids are taking the natural course of actions in scattering out with their lives. But everyone is still around the area for this Christmas, even if we end up doing it in "shifts" to accommodate all of the schedules. Certainly not as easy or the "same" as when everyone was small running through the house!
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11. BriarCraft
1:11 AM GMT on December 09, 2013
Jane, nice to hear from you. I am happy that your family is coming home for Christmas. I think we may be on the verge of having a few scattered by next Christmas, so I am kind of thinking of doing "extra" this year. But I am rushing through the decorating so that I can enjoy everyone better (longer) too. Yes, the loss this year has taken a big toll, so perhaps it does make us more conscious of the importance of "being together". That is the focus.

It does seem as though, when the family holidays fall apart, they do so quickly. With my own family, once the last of the "kids" passed their 18th birthday, the big family holiday gatherings seemed hollow, even depressing. When the grandparents were gone, my parents tried a smaller version of the family gathering just once. After that, we all agreed it was better just to remember the fun times and not try to compete with them. For the last 30 years or so, we have close family gatherings for dinner, but never close to Thanksgiving or Christmas.

My point is to affirm what you have already decided to do. Make the most of "being together" and enjoying each other because there are no guarantees about next year. Or any year, for that matter. Never put off creating happy memories with those you love.

Now, if it would just warm up! Your hunch about snow may be right on. Tuesday and Wednesday have a slow warming trend combined with a fair chance of precipitation. Looks like brief snow and/or freezing rain during the transition.
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10. calpoppy
8:27 PM GMT on December 08, 2013
I believe Seahawk fans registered on the Richter scale at the last game,LOL! True, they did. Highest decibel level at an NFL game.

Go Hawks!!
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9. PugetSoundPost
5:24 PM GMT on December 08, 2013
Second morning in a row with a low of 15. Yesterday we crept up to 32 for a high in sunshine but it was in the 20's most of the daytime. It's not often that I can write that we are colder than the north Arctic coast of Alaska! But we are. They have been running in the 30's (at least yesterday) while we were in the 20's and teens. Kind of a fun development!
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8. PugetSoundPost
4:43 PM GMT on December 07, 2013
Our cold weather is well entrenched now. The low here this morning was 15, and now that the sun is up, it is a very clear, sunshiny day. Not even frosty, since it is so dry. I have been bringing in our hummingbird feeder at night so the little guys don't have ice chips for breakfast. I would sure hate to be them sitting out there all night. Not expected to rise above freezing today at all.
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7. Buckey2745
3:11 PM GMT on December 05, 2013
Hi PSP! Everything went as well as planned for my Thanksgiving trip, thanks for checking in on me! I drove through a lot of rain Tuesday evening to get to Virginia and stay the night. Woke up Wednesday morning to a light dusting on the car, but nothing stuck to the roads. Another hour of driving through light snow showers was no problem and we made it safe and sound. Sometimes it pays to be a weather nerd :)

I also have spent the past two weeks putting up Christmas lights, so I think I'm in the season too. Hope you see a white Christmas!
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6. PugetSoundPost
12:50 AM GMT on December 05, 2013
Hi WTS! Go Hawks! As Russell Wilson ends EVERY interview! Yes, the city is pretty excited about the Seahawks and they had an excellent showing on Monday. Just have to keep it up! How's the storm forecast for you?

Hi Polar: See above regarding the Seahawks! No snow for us, just chilly. Not far east of us (just over the mountains) can relate much more to your temps. But our brush with cool weather is fun, since it is unusual, and being dry makes it easier. A chance of flurries tomorrow, perhaps, but I am not holding much hope for that. Our low this morning was 24, but under sunshiny skies today it rose to 39. I'm hopeful the next few days will be even cooler (forecast so) keeping the spirit of Christmas (weather-wise anyway) in the air.

Jane, nice to hear from you. I am happy that your family is coming home for Christmas. I think we may be on the verge of having a few scattered by next Christmas, so I am kind of thinking of doing "extra" this year. But I am rushing through the decorating so that I can enjoy everyone better (longer) too. Yes, the loss this year has taken a big toll, so perhaps it does make us more conscious of the importance of "being together". That is the focus.

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5. JanesVacation
10:39 PM GMT on December 04, 2013
I'm glad you enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday. It has certainly been a year of loss for your family. Maybe going to the zoo will become a new tradition? New traditions are good.

Our daughter and son-in-law arrive here two weeks from tonight. I am so excited that they will be here for the holidays this year. I don't have any decorations up yet, but I really have learned that being together is the most important. 2 weeks of school left, so it will fly by.
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4. polarbytes
1:26 PM GMT on December 03, 2013
Well,first off, sorry that our cold air is coming your way, but we are tired of it. Since the end of Oct. it has been very cold over the entire state, well, maybe not the SE, but our hi yesterday, for instance, was 6 after an overnight low of -14. Earlier last week, we were at -18. But it's been relatively dry, only one significant snowstorm. So, as much as I would like to be sympathetic........
Anyway, stay warm and hey, a little snow would get you in the Christmas Spirit, right?
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3. WatchinTheSky
3:11 AM GMT on December 03, 2013
18 seconds left in the half, looks like your Seahawks are in control!
cp is more optimistic about the coming storm than I am, all the way down here the odds are reducing for any real precip. Cooler and windy, maybe ;)

Sounds like lots of people had a good a Thanksgiving, nice!
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2. PugetSoundPost
5:33 PM GMT on December 02, 2013
Hi CP! I'm going to say that I think we will see at least some snow at some point, before this cold weather ends.

The animals were great at Woodland Park on Friday. The wolves were actually a highlight too. They were quite energetic, running all over the place, but then we got to see them fed. The keeper came out into their area and, while they were still wary of her (kind of surprising after being in captivity and certainly they "know the drill") they each got what looked like a guinea pig for dinner. The guinea pigs were whole, but dead, and each was eager for theirs. We got to watch them eat them fairly close by. Each wolf had their own style - some more or less gulping in one gulp (thus "wolfing it down"), others had a little harder time, with more work required. The big brown bears were busy too. There is a baby giraffe there now - born in early August. Some of us first saw it at the end of August - three weeks old. Sure didn't look like any other three week old you see! So big! Now last week it didn't seem all that much bigger than it did then. Must get off to a quick jump start then grow more slowly.
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1. calpoppy
4:44 PM GMT on December 02, 2013
That Canadian air is coming down to us also! Snow showers are predicted as we also have a inside slider coming down. Our first hard freeze should be happening this week also.

I like the Woodland Park zoo. They have a great area for the wolves and the lions. The lioness had cubs when we were there. I didn't think they liked to breed them anymore, so many in zoos plus sadly in homes.

Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving. Ours went very well. My son's in-laws were gracious to invite out pups to the Thanksgiving festivities! And they were on their best behavior.

Enjoy your cold snap, I hope you get at least a dusting of snow!
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