Weather has been a lifelong passion for me; while my husband and 4 kids, all grown, and one of them now married, have patiently gone along with me!
By: PugetSoundPost , 3:46 PM GMT on June 13, 2011
June 18, 10:20 PM
A wet day today! Cloudy all day, cool, and light rain fell for a lot of hours beginning overnight and into the afternoon. It never rained very hard, but just kept it up for a good portion of the day. A little system dropped down from the Gulf of Alaska. Our high today was 60, but I never saw it that warm. The low this morning was 52 - very pleasant. And the rain totaled .41". The lawn is still green and the flowers are enjoying the weather - both are certainly nice perks to the cool season.
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!
Rain is back this morning. Lightly, but steadily enough to total .09" so far. A pretty gloomy looking day outside. Currently 54 degrees and a little breeze.
I am ok with the rain today. It has been quite a few days since we have had any rain worth speaking of, and it is time for Nature's Watering Can to pitch in and water the lawn, garden, and flowers.
Speaking of flowers, I think they have really enjoyed the weather we have been having this month. We haven't had any heat (two days of 80 degrees a week ago, but none since) and the typical 60's and a few 70's seem to really benefit the flowers. June is our best flower month - the flowers are their most vibrant colors and the plants look so fresh and vigorous. Cool summers prolong their beauty, in my estimation, and when they are over-stressed in heat, they decline well before I am ready for them to do so. A nice perk of this possibly cool entire summer would be an extra nice floral display that lasts a good long time. June is not always really a good indicator of how the entire summer may turn out, but for now I think the flowers are happy. We still have rhododendruns blooming all over, providing lots of large beautiful reds, purples, pinks and whites doting the landscape.
Something else that is providing a good boost of energy and enthusiasm is our long hours of sunlight right now -nearing the peak at the summer solstice. We still have daylight until around 10 pm and by 4-ish AM the light is returning. This is something to really enjoy and makes such a difference in how one lives the day. Unfortunately, we don't typically have the weather to thoroughly enjoy all those hours of daylight until later in the summer when the sun has already turned its march toward winter, although it does change slowly for awhile.
The week ahead looks like it won't be quite as nice as last week, which was pleasant and comfortable, even if not too sunny. Low pressure systems are impacting us this week, beginning today, and since the summer months are our "dry season", none of these systems pack very much punch, but enough to keep us under clouds, damp, and cooler. I see that light snow may fall in the higher passes this week! I will look for some opportunity to just sit out on the deck, under a roof, and listen to the rain pitter-patter on the nearby trees - that is a summer activity too!
Sunrise: 5:10 AM --- Sunset: 9:07 PM
(gaining 37 seconds tomorrow)
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