Changes of Spring in NW

By: PugetSoundPost , 2:39 PM GMT on April 03, 2014

April 30, 7 AM

The last day of April and it looks like we could call it the last day of July! Wow! A little flush of hot weather has found its way to the Pacific NW! it has been predicted and it is here. Yesterday really began the ramp up, and we finished with a high of 79 at home, the warmest all year. That was a bit warmer than forecast. Now today and tomorrow we are forecast into the middle 80's!! It will be fun to see how warm it does get.

Yesterday I took advantage of the day and worked some outside - doing some weeding of garden beds and I have that area pretty well cleaned up now. And, I also took out of winter storage some deck furniture and cleaned it up. We still have just a smallish deck area that also serves as an extended front porch since we have our big replacement project that was to happen last year still on hold. But the area that we have is big enough for some small tables and a few chairs. I have done nothing regarding any flower planting or getting pots started on the deck, but I did want at least a couple chairs out and a table so we can enjoy these nice days, while they are here. They won't last long. By Friday the cool-down arrives. And some rain after that.

This kind of weather is possible in May, but not real common, especially of late. And especially so early in May (okay, tomorrow we will get there) but for anytime in April it is really rare. And that is probably why it will be so brief.

I think I will head out later this morning and do more yard jobs, before it gets "too" hot! Here in the NW we can't stand it too hot! Especially so soon after the long gray winter! But it is surely fun to be so pleasantly warm for now!

April 26, 9 pm

Pretty typical spring weather has continued. Periods of rain, showers and sunbreaks. The temperatures have been pleasant – low 60’s.

A new front is moving in right now and steady rain is in its opening stages.

Excitedly, we are looking forward to the middle of next week! It looks like we could see a couple of days in the 70’s and even topping 80 is a possibility!! I kind of hate to write about it this far out – don’t want it to flee and turn into a mirage.

College daughter is home this weekend and we spent a lot of time on some specific shopping today, with a little more to do tomorrow. It is fun to have her here!

April 18, 7:45 AM

Rain returned for us with a loud voice. The front that came ashore yesterday dumped 1.12” rain on us. Needless to say, it was a wet day. This morning is “dry” but the air is cool (42), quite damp feeling, and everything is drippy with heavy clouds still around. A weak ridge of high pressure is more or less promising some sunshine later today. Until tomorrow when the next round of rain returns.

Meanwhile I am hoping to get our yard mowed. In places, on slopes, it needs a machete, since it has been too long since last mowed in those areas. I hope we can get at it this afternoon. I would like our yard ship-shape for Easter, which may be another in-between day.

I’ve realized that I have spent more time trying to work through the WU problems this week than actually paying much attention to the weather. I did say a few minutes ago that I suppose it and we will eventually settle down over time. But at the moment I feel like retracting that, as I had typed up most of my thoughts here and somehow in the wink of an eye it was all erased! Again!! It just suddenly goes Poof! Gone! I don’t know what in the world is going on with my ability to post something on my blog. So, now I am typing this on a Word document and hope to copy it onto the blog and I wonder how that will go. At least I will still have a copy if the attempt bombs.

The earthquakes in Nicaragua have calmed down, although there are still small shakes or tremors now and then. The locals are still thinking that there will be something “big”, however. A combination of history, jittery nerves, a hyped-up local media, a lack of scientific information (but, really, is there any of this that is meaningful anyway? No one anywhere really knows when an earthquake will strike, no matter how much “science” they try to use) all fuel the notion that something else will come. But, life goes on I guess. I don’t know if people are still sleeping in the streets.

Nice! Just as I am wrapping this up, here comes some sunshine!

April 11, 7 AM

This is my third time to try to post something here, this new website doesn't keep anything on the screen long enough for me to actually get it posted up. There are many things that aren't working or I can't find the way to either see them or do them. So I will muddle along here. I'm hoping that as time goes along they will figure it out, but it should have been done before releasing it. Guess we are the lucky ones in Washington to be experimented on.

Well, spring is underway and we have had some nice days. Very much "spring" - still a bit of early and late nip in the air and most of the days are pleasant but not overly warm - but those couple of days in the 70's were sure nice! Most aren't like that. But it has been pleasant. A nice day looks to be arriving right now.

More news on the earthquake front. A 6.1 earthquake rocked Nicaragua again late yesterday afternoon. There was damage and injury in parts of the country, but the community where my son lives seems to have weathered it pretty well, although they were not very far from the epicenter (30+ miles, with some much closer aftershocks that were smaller). But the people in his little town are all pretty scared. Last night no one wanted to be indoors or thought they could sleep. Initially power, phone and water were knocked out but they did come back more quickly than I would maybe expect. We were able to Skype with our son late last evening. It turned out that he did not feel the original quake at all! He and some others were driving at the time, on the return from the city of Managua. He says that the roads are so rough that it is like an earthquake every time on them, so they didn't notice the difference. But once back home, the populace was quite shaken up and scared. So, his earthquake experiences are continuing and sort of seem to follow him around.

April 8, 7 AM

A pretty morning this morning, but not as nice a day as yesterday. Sunshine prevailed and we hit 76 degrees! Spring hit hard yesterday!

Today won't be as nice. We can't sustain yesterday's weather very long this early in the season, but days like that are not unheard of in April either. Little spurts that come and go happen now and then. Clouds are increasing this morning and a weak front is going to move through. We expect some rain later today.

My tulips are just opening up - the sunshine and warmth seemed to really prod them along. I'm hoping to see signs of my new little baby grass soon. My daughter and SIL are here staying briefly with us to work on a car project of theirs where they need to beat today's rain, so we have unexpected company and the feeling of spring. Nice!

April 3, 7:40 AM

Thin clouds are overhead this morning, but a spell of dry weather is about to end. Rain is already at the coast and should move inland through the day. This would be the first rain of April, after just completing the WETTEST March on record in Seattle! It was a wet one. At home we recorded 8.89" rain for March. The official total was over 9". I think the average is in the 3" range. They say the pattern is changing again and going forward should be closer to "normal" for rain. But that usually means a rainy spring. Those April showers do bring some very beautiful May flowers, usually.

This week I began a new renovation of last fall's partial renovation of our lawn. The first go at it several months ago proved partially successful. New grass came up and filled in patches, but for some reason other patches really never did sprout and grow. Not sure why that was. I do think birds got to the seed in places (I saw them at times) but I had no real way to continually stop them. Perhaps I was a bit too late in the season too. Well, now I am at it again, although not as much needs to be fixed this time. I have re-seeded the bad spots and now I am waiting. The rain over the next few days should be a good thing for it, then warmer weather may come early next week.

Trees are at the very beginning of leafing out. A light green haze is filling in the bare branches on some of the trees. That is a welcome sight! Once it starts, it goes quickly. You turn around a couple of times and suddenly the real leaves are fluttering in the breeze. Daffodils are blooming and tulips are just about to burst open. Other bushes, such as heather and camellias have been in bloom for some time now. On the down side, the dandelions are also showing off their bright yellow faces; before I see them and snap them off. The birds are singing early in the morning, even before the sun is really up. All of these signal "spring" in this region.

What types of life, blooms and growth signals "spring" in your area and brings a smile to your face to see, realizing that winter is passing and a whole new start that holds much promise is underway?

Here are a couple of local ideas that I photographed over my son's recent Spring Break. These cherry blossoms on the campus of Univ of Washington are quite famous (locally, anyway) and draw huge crowds during their bloom. This was the day that reached 72 degrees and it was a wonderful afternoon outing among the blossoms. There are many more trees that don't really show up in these photos. When looking from some height it is very impressive.


Average High Temperature: 57
Average Low Temperature: 39
Highest Temperature: 72 (3/24)
Lowest Temperature: 30 (3/22)
Lowest High Temperature: 41 (3/2)
Wettest Day: March 16 (1.75" rain)
Days of 1+ inch rain: 3
Days of measurable precipitation: 18
Days of 60+ degrees: 10

Total Rain for March: 8.89"

Snow: Flurries (3/1)

Note: This March was the wettest March ever recorded officially for Seattle. Which follows an increasingly wet February, which followed an exceptionally dry most-of-fall-and-winter. The rainy season this year has been odd. A very wet September led to many quite dry months, followed by such a wet March.

April 3

Sunrise: 6:43 AM --- Sunset: 7:41 PM (PDT)
(gaining 3 min, 25 sec tomorrow)

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19. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:37 PM GMT on May 05, 2014
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18. WatchinTheSky
12:45 AM GMT on May 05, 2014
Wow, 91, that seems pretty toasty for up there! And now, lots of rain. Of course, here, brown is the new green :D. At least it is cooler for this week.
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17. PugetSoundPost
11:35 PM GMT on May 04, 2014
Hi Briar, Yes, we sure are getting RAIN! As I type a downpour is occurring. You had more rain than we did in April - something over only 3" for us. But we are getting it now. Nearly an inch yesterday and hard showers are moving us toward a half inch for today.

I am really enjoying all of the GREEN, however. Just such a pretty lush, green look everywhere. I got some flowers planted last week in the heat wave (high of 91 here) and now they all are well watered. It seems like the whole year has been a yo-yo for weather, bouncing from one extreme to the other.
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16. BriarCraft
10:25 PM GMT on May 04, 2014
First we get two days of record heat. Now we get record rainfall. Everything is lush green and growing like crazy. NWS Climate Prediction Center shows western Washington is likely to be wetter than normal for May. Some nice, "normal" spring weather would be welcome about now, wouldn't it? Have you floated away yet, with all this rain?

April rainfall here was 6.59. A little over an inch in the past 24 hours.
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15. calpoppy
2:19 PM GMT on May 02, 2014
Hi PSP! A heat wave for you, that is great!!! Lots of May flowers!

They are having great weather up in Kodiak right now, amazing weather my son says. I told him don't you want to stay in Kodiak instead of going to that rainy, tornado ridden state of North Carolina,LOL! But of course nice weather on Kodiak will not last long, before it to turns rainy, just no tornadoes!

Did you ever get a chance to finish your deck?
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14. BriarCraft
8:29 PM GMT on May 01, 2014
Happy May Day!

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13. PugetSoundPost
11:25 PM GMT on April 24, 2014
Hi Briar! Yes, this second half of April has been very different from the first half - so often that has happened this year! I did not see the record rainfall list, but also wasn't looking, but I know they used to post that! However, this morning I saw that the period of Feb 1 - April 30 is already the wettest Feb-April on record for Seattle! And we have a week to go to collect more rain! it is wet around here too and a day or so ago we were back to standing puddles again in the yard. Today has been a yo-yo of rain showers, then bright sunbreaks, then rain showers, and back and forth. Our rain total for the month is 3.15" and most of it since mid-month. It looks like next week may be better and drier!

Hi CP! Thank you for the sweet Easter greetings! How adorable is that little bunny pair!!?? So cute! I see that you have met your new grand-puppy and have fallen in love! Animals can sure do that!
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12. BriarCraft
10:36 PM GMT on April 24, 2014
I take back what I said on the 16th about just getting sprinkles. Rain arrived on the 17th and has dumped 3.1 inches here in the past week. Puddles everywhere. This morning, I read of several record rainfall amounts for yesterday here on WU, but they seem to have disappeared now. Does anything work right on NUWU??? If I recall, Astoria, OR, got over (found it!) 2.3 (del4) inches yesterday and someplace in the Cascade foothills of WA got over 5 inches. Wish I didn't have to rely on my iffy memory -- there were at least 20 records broken yesterday -- I swear I'm not making this up!
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11. calpoppy
5:17 PM GMT on April 19, 2014
Happy Easter, Psp and to your family too!!

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10. PugetSoundPost
3:06 PM GMT on April 18, 2014
Hi Cal! Yes, I have been a member of WU a very long time now. I have used this site for weather, mainly, for all of those years, and then in recent years started puttering around on the blogs and posting photos. I should have done that sooner, as in those early years we had a lot of wonderful trips to wonderful places that induced a lot of worthwhile photos that would have been fun to share. Our major trips have slowed way down. Life changes. It got much harder to schedule anything with the growing-older kids who had tougher and tougher schedules to work around, and with growing-older parents who took more and more of our time and energy. Now the older generations are all gone that we looked out for and the kids are either independent or getting closer to it. But, still, life has changed and we seem to be in a place of not really being able to just "go" and "do" like "the old days".

It is great that your family will all be together soon! Even at my stage where the scattering hasn't totally happened yet, I can SURELY see the value and excitement of being able to get everyone together in one place and be together. That will be an exciting time for you and I'm glad they all are making the effort to work it out too.

I have glanced at the WU photo gallery but not spent much time. I see it is different, of course. It would be nice if they took their customers more into account. They say they do, but it sounds like not really. I am sad to lose being able to see people's recent photos on their blog. I voted! It is seeming that it is getting harder and harder to keep up with people in this new format.

Well, enjoy your spring and wildflower season! Probably soon everything will be dry and brown again!
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9. calpoppy
4:37 PM GMT on April 17, 2014
I just noticed how long you have been a member of WU! I think you hold the title of the longest membership amongst the bloggers!!!

Looks like a bit of a dreary day for you. We are of course sunshine with some cloud cover, temps are going up, then down then up, then down again, which is fine by me. Not looking forward to constant 90 degree temps!!

The area your son is in gets a lot of shakin'! I to am glad he is safe!!

Our wildflower show keeps on going! Now we have Mariposa lilies blooming and a wolfberry with berries. We have never seen them before with berries.

Lots of problems with the new WU format, I hope they continue listening to us. The photo gallery is atrocious looking!!!! I liked how it was before, but that I am sure will not happen. I have used up all my votes so may not be able to vote for your idea.

Looking forward to seeing my son, dil and grandson this June! They will be camping out at our place and then my older son and dil are going to stay in our Minnie Winnie! It will be a very long awaited reunion of our small family!!!!!
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8. PugetSoundPost
2:31 AM GMT on April 17, 2014
Hi Briar, Thanks for the link to the ballot/idea pages - I saw it over on WTS's page, then traced it back to you for better "clicking" and YES, I have voted and added in one idea that I didn't see on the LONG list of suggestions. Wow, they sure needed to work this out better beforehand.

We have had rain today but not near the amount I was maybe expecting, but on the other hand, not sure what I was expecting. After all of the hoopla over this website I have realized that I have actually looked at the forecast or studied it hardly at all this week! lol! Isn't that what we are supposed to do here?! Well, it has been distracting and trying to learn a whole new world that feels a bit like dropping into a foreign country and not really knowing the language.

Hi WTS! I'm glad that the "mail" seems to be pretty much like it was. We need something that is secure. Now I am hoping that they really re-work the radar. Very difficult to read it, and around here it is an important piece of the puzzle! Used a lot! I think it may have some potential of interesting features, but it is just too hard to read, among other problems with it.
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7. BriarCraft
12:08 AM GMT on April 17, 2014
Subtle changes are happening as they continue to tweak this not-ready-for-primetime NUWU. There's still a very long way to go, IMO. That said, please go to te-design/category/81357-blogs

and let your voice be heard about prioritizing WU improvements.

Glad to hear your son is okay in Nicaragua.

While the weather radar continues to look threatening, I have not seem more than the occasional sprinkle in Toledo today. That's okay by me. I'm trying to get the garden patch dried out enough to plant cool season crops.
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6. WatchinTheSky
3:45 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
Looks like we are figuring some stuff out as we go! Mail is sort of like before. I think they may still be tweaking the layout, the is the 'What's missing, what do you think' feedback box at the bottom of the page still.
It's an adventure ;)
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5. PugetSoundPost
6:02 PM GMT on April 14, 2014
Thank you Barefoot! I haven't put anything on their comment page and I should do that. I like to make sure I am not missing the obvious before "officially" asking, I guess. It sounds like patience is what we need for awhile. Maybe that will work!
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4. Barefootontherocks
5:51 PM GMT on April 14, 2014
Just saw your comment at BriarCraft's. The blog links on local forecast pages are not there. I asked about this and admin seemed unaware of what I was even asking about. AngelaFritz over at the wuproductteam blog asked me what I was talking about. She knows now. Will the links be restored? WHO KNOWS? The developers just became aware Friday that they had removed the links. I doubt if they change much if anything before they go live worldwide with this beta.

You might want to post your thoughts on beta at that wu product site if you haven't.
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3. PugetSoundPost
10:15 PM GMT on April 11, 2014
An update on Nicaragua: early this afternoon a 6.6 earthquake struck about 39 miles from where my son is. He is okay but all are rattled now and there are more reports of damage coming in from Managua. During the night last night an aftershock of 4.3 was centered less than 2 miles from his house. There have been many aftershocks; or are they all foreshocks of something bigger??
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2. WatchinTheSky
2:55 AM GMT on April 05, 2014
I just read through Jeff Masters' new blog, sounds like a big El Niño may be brewing for later this year. Maybe that can get us a little rain way down here. Record wet for you, almost record dry for us this March.

Really like the cherry blossom photos!
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1. BriarCraft
10:44 PM GMT on April 04, 2014
What spell of dry weather is about to end??? The only dry spell here recently was April 2nd. One day does not constitute a "spell".

You were wetter in March than me. Total rainfall here was 8.06 inches.

I hope your second try at the lawn renovation goes well. This should be a perfect time for it. Put out lots of bird seed and maybe the birdies will leave your grass seed alone.

Those cherry blossoms are gorgeous. Glad you got to enjoy them and share the sight with us.
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