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 , 3:13 PM GMT on December 02, 2013
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.
Sunrise: 7:37 AM --- Sunset: 4:18 PM (PST)
(losing 1 minute, 35 seconds tomorrow)
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