Summer, Finally

By: PugetSoundPost , 2:21 PM GMT on July 07, 2010

July 11
The clouds were here this morning and they hung on much longer than yesterday - the beginning of our next weather pattern. It did clear out by early afternoon and our high was 79 with the afternoon sunshine. Now tonight the clouds are back in again and it is overcast. A little system is moving toward us from the NW and we could see some drizzle on Monday. This coming week is set to feature morning clouds and afternoon sunshine, but Monday could see little sunshine and much cooler again.

July 10, 11:15 pm
Summer continued today! The morning clouds disappeared much earlier in the day than I had expected, and that was a good thing. So, it ended up a little warmer than expected too. The high today at home was 86.

Meanwhile, my family and I used the beautiful day (really, just perfect - clear blue sky, wonderful temperature - not too hot, nor too cool) to raft down the Skykomish River! It is a tamer stretch we have done many times, but not for a few years now. The river provides some thrills and big splashes, enough for a whoop and holler occasionally, but mainly just a nice speedy float through beautiful mountains and woods. We had a picnic on a gravel bar in the sun and the afternoon was just perfectly done in all ways.

July 9, 10:15 pm
It is dark out now and nighttime has settled over us. Along with it comes a weather change. Our heat wave has ended and has been winding down all evening. An upper level trough is sliding in, bringing clouds, and low level onshore flow (a switch from the hot offshore flow we have had) is contributing, so the skies are cloudy now, and the temperature has been dropping more noticeably all evening. It is still warm tonight, but not like it was last evening.

Most of today was HOT, but not quite as hot as yesterday. Our high was 94 today, but it seemed less intense than yesterday. I think it was a bit slower to heat up and it didn't stay at the max as long as it did yesterday. But no matter what, it was a beautiful clear day that was most enjoyable. I have really enjoyed sitting out on our deck for the first time since last summer. By later afternoon the first tell-tale clouds came over the hill and now we are under cloudy skies.

Saturday may start out cloudy but afternoon clearing is expected, with a high around 80 - delightful and not nearly as hot as we suddenly found ourselves experiencing this week. Below normal temps could be on the way again next week.

July 8, 10:30 pm
What a day in the Pacific Northwest!! Records were broken all around as the sun shone mightily upon us! Our high today was 96 and the strong sun tried hard to wilt us pale Northwesterners down. It probably succeeded in many cases. I spent the late afternoon/evening at an outdoor swim meet - just a week ago we stood around shivering, but not tonight. It was HOT, HOT!! The water in the pool looked oohhh so inviting, but the best I could do was maneuver close enough to receive some splashes from the swimmers. Even that felt good. Now the late evening is very warm, but sitting outside just now was hard with too many mosquitos, and already I am paying for that experience. The house is hot and not very pleasant, but even that is a Sign of Summer. Friday should be a little cooler, but still a hot day. The bigger cool down is on tap for the weekend.

July 7, 11:30 PM
Summertime heat in the Northwest! Our high today was 90.2 !! Currently, at 11:30 pm, it is still 70 outside! This is so NOT typical Northwest summer weather, but it can happen once in awhile. The windows are open and to have a warm nighttime breeze blow through the house is wonderful. Tomorrow is slated to be hotter yet, then a little cooling is on the way for Friday into the weekend. I'll get started early in the morning on watering all my flowers.

July 7, 7:20 AM

The wisdom of the ages prevails again, as summer around here does begin after the 4th of July. And, it is roaring in this week!! The holiday weekend was cool and drizzly, but now we are going to see, for a couple of days at least, some summertime weather!!

Yesterday was a nice transition day toward SUMMER! Our high was an even 80, and that is what we have been waiting for. Now this morning we are under bright blue skies, nary a cloud anywhere, and it is going to get hot! The trouble, now, is that we are flipping the switch on for summer and the jolt from cool drizzle to hot will no doubt be jarring for us, but I am willing to take the risk! Our houses will turn to ovens and everyone will say it is too hot, but at least the song will change for now!

Our forecast highs for today are "mid 80's to lower 90's" and by tomorrow, the projected warmest day, we could top out in the middle 90's! A tad cooler on Friday but still hot, then the marine push will likely be back on the weekend - our "natural air conditioner". Heat never lasts too long around here. But for now, we will enjoy what is coming and bask in the sunshine!!

July 7
Sunrise: 5:18 AM --- Sunset: 9:08 PM (PDT)
(losing 1 min. 21 sec. tomorrow)

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4. Buckey2745
12:52 PM GMT on July 11, 2010
Wow, this has got to be the first time all year you and I have had similar weather! We'll get some rain to start the week, but looks like temps STILL won't dip below 85!
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3. PugetSoundPost
4:09 AM GMT on July 10, 2010
Hi Calpoppy! Fun anecdote about the book! It is always a wonder how some things happen, but always adds a bit of pleasant "unexpectedness"! Our heat wave is ending, even as I write. The flow has switched to onshore and the marine push has begun. Today was hot - high of 94 for us, but it is changing this evening. Stratus has drifted in overhead, so the clear blue sky is gone, and the temperature is dropping noticeably, although still a warm evening, and certainly warm by our standards. A breeze has come up, pushing the cooler marine air our way. Tomorrow should clear by afternoon and warm into the 70's or around 80, which is very nice - just not anxious for a marine layer, which is in the forecast for the next week or so. High heat never lasts very long at all for us, which is probably good since we do it poorly here anyway.
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2. calpoppy
2:48 AM GMT on July 10, 2010
July almost always brings summer to the northwest. I picked up a book by Ivan Doig at a used book store, and inside the cover was a nice sticker that read 'if all of Kirkland read the same book' King County library system. I thought of you, how funny that the book made it down here in the boonies!
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1. polarbytes
3:25 PM GMT on July 07, 2010
Glad to see and end to your constant period of "coolness", even if it is only temporary. Although we up here would like some sun, I'm not desperate enough to wish we had your heat! Rain, rain and more rain for us in the longterm. Temps are about normal, 50's to lower 60's. Enjoy it while you can.
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