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By: PugetSoundPost , 12:51 AM GMT on January 14, 2010
More rain today: .59" for the day. It rained moderately light and steady most of the day, with the sky lifting up and down at various times, mirroring the ebb and flow of the rain. Otherwise it was a quite calm and basically drab day. The high was 48 and the low, actually occuring right now, is 42 so far. Very little temperature change during the whole day.
The rain did move in and earlier than really expected - just after 11:00 AM. We had a nice and steady, but not too hard, rain all afternoon, but it has moved off for now. We ended up for today with .27", so not as much as maybe advertised. It was cooler today and little change in the temperature for the day: high of 48 low of 44 this morning. This was our first high temp. cooler than 50 degrees since Jan. 8! More off and on rain is expected tomorrow and in the days to come, with perhaps a stronger system by Sunday/Monday. My son ended up in the rain for his trebuchet launch, but that isn't the first time to have to work through rain!
The Cascades are showing themselves this morning, the cloud deck is above their tops, but it is a solid overcast. Mt. Rainier is not visible at all. There was a pretty sunrise about an hour ago, but even then it looked a bit moody and the clouds have solidified more since then. We are waiting for a low pressure system with very long roots trailing all the way back into the subtropics to approach and spread possbily moderate to heavy rain over the region later today. The front will likely stall over the area through Friday, so we could be getting a considerable amount of rain to finish off the week. Both mountain ranges will get the most. I am hoping the rain will hold off until later this afternoon since my son is launching his trebuchet for a physics class outside early this afternoon. But, already on radar I see rain moving up from the SW and nearly reaching south Puget Sound. Currently we are at 46 degrees, a very light breeze from the SE and the barometer is steady. As a point of interest, yesterday tied a record at SeaTac for the date with a high temperature of 56. Here at home we recorded a high of 57 - a January oddity! Normal is 46! That was our low!
A rainy afternoon today - after the sun peeked out for awhile midday. A low center is moving through western Washington from the SW right now, and the rain over the last couple of hours has intensified to be moderately hard. It is still warm - running in the low 50's all week, but it has also been raining quite often, and so far for the week since Sunday we have received 1.8". On Thursday a weak ridge will develop, but probably only for a few hours, so tomorrow will give a little break in the action, only to be followed by more rain by later Thursday into Friday and the weekend. An active SW flow will usher in one system after the other for the next week. I think the temperatures will remain mild, but maybe just a tad cooler than it has been, for the next several days. Today certainly "looks like January" as I look out the window - bare trees and solid gray from the ground to the sky. Color photography would be a waste today!
Sunrise: 7:53 AM --- Sunset: 4:43PM (PST)
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