First Week of Spring

By: PugetSoundPost , 7:31 PM GMT on March 22, 2010

March 25, Late Night
Back to a normal March day today - high of 56 but much of the day was in the upper 40's (such a big change from yesterday!), and RAIN! We had light rain for a long time this morning, then a little break in the action, but around 4 PM, right as my son's high school track meet was getting underway, down came the rain again. I sat in the bleachers for three hours in one spot (can't move or your dry seat is no longer dry) under an umbrella, heavy coat and gloves, and wrapped in my waterproof stadium blanket, watching the track meet in medium to hard rain most of the time! This was not my coldest track experience, but ranks amongst the top for the wettest. I felt sorry for the athletes soaking and cold, but maybe they don't mind as much as a mom who is just sitting in one place for three hours watching kids run 'round and 'round. My son was pleased with two nice PR's, however, and the day was a success. More rain can be expected over the next 12+ hours, as an upper trough moves through tonight, bringing rain showers and lower snow levels in the mountains.

March 24, 8:30 PM
What a nice day we had today! This would have been a nice day in April or often in May as well, but it is still March. Offshore flow and sunshine pushed the mercury up to a high of 73 here - our warmest day of the year so far. And, at nearly 8:30 pm it is still 61 outside, which is remarkably warm for us for a March evening.

But, since it is still in early spring, as expected the extra nice weather isn't going to last beyond today. Already the barometer is falling and a rainy day is on the way for tomorrow. Some rain could spread in overnight but it looks more likely to hold off until during the day on Thursday. I suspect that we won't see it this warm again for the foreseeable future, since the pattern is changing again in the next few days to cooler and wetter weather. March has been quite dry so far, but maybe that will start to change.

March 22, Midday

SPRING arrived over what was a busy and crazy weekend, and now the first week of the new season is underway. Since a week ago today we have had some rain scattered over several days, but not very much. It has only totaled .38". We had some very nice days and some unsettled days - in other words, Spring! Saturday was an especially nice day and our temperature reached a very welcome 71.9 with no wind for most of the day. It was not bright sunshine, however, as high clouds kept increasing all day and by evening a weak system was moving in from the coast. The wind picked up rather suddenly causing the tree limbs to blow around and eventually light rain came in weak showers after dark. But, for an afternoon walk on the Seattle waterfront that we took, it was a very lovely day with pleasant weather all the way around. It was very nice to get outdoors for awhile.

Looking ahead this week, about all I can write is that it is shaping up to be a typical early spring week. The days will range from partly cloudy to mostly cloudy, the early half of the week will be dry, after some remnant showers move out today, and Wednesday should be a pretty nice and warm day. After that the ridging will move east and systems will be drifting through for the remainder of the week - more clouds, cooler and chances of rain. The sun will likely peek out between the clouds and sporadic rain. Some trees are beginning to leaf out and blossoms are all around on the flowering trees. Nothing remarkable weather-wise lies ahead but also it feels nice to see a more typical NW spring pattern developing this week. And, it is nice to have sprung into spring!

March 22
Sunrise: 7:07 AM ---- Sunset: 7:24 PM (PDT)
(gaining 3 min, 29 sec tomorrow)

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5. calpoppy
2:24 AM GMT on March 27, 2010
Snow in the forecast for us next week. Not unusual, we have had lots of snowy Easters and Mother's days. so my beautiful tomatoes that I lovingly started in January, will remain in the safety of the greenhouse. And my nectarine which is in full bloom will have a nice warm blanket of frost cloth over him. Looking forward to some un-spring weather as long as it doesn't get out of hand!
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4. WatchinTheSky
3:51 PM GMT on March 26, 2010
Hi! Yes, we have been into a sunny, dry pattern and it looks to intensify starting Saturday with temps Sat-Mon in the 80s and very low humidity. But (although it may be a small but :), there seems to be a last chance for some March rain, maybe early April showers (more May flowers?). Winter weather here can have some pretty wild swings. A couple of weeks ago (last official week of winter) we had a few days of mid upper 80s and the local weather guys were saying 'yes - we haven't been this warm since January'. Cracks me up!

I'll bet those days in the 70s were nice, a bit of a tease for the warmer days ahead!

The desert is still calling, a few family matters last weekend - hoping for this weekend. Finally dug out last year's tomatoes, time to get going in the garden.
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3. Buckey2745
4:59 PM GMT on March 25, 2010
I was actually just about to post something about our slip back in to winter! Rainy day today, and tomorrow's just going to be raw. I pretty much miss Spring already.
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2. PugetSoundPost
6:20 AM GMT on March 24, 2010
Hi Calpoppy! No planting yet for us, but seeds have arrived and my daughter is getting anxious to start some of them indoors, but I think it is even too early for that for our warm weather veggies, which are mainly pumpkins that we start from seed. I also do some flowers but they are direct seeded later and we will also plant various starts later. We are still falling into the 30's at night, too, and the weather is too unpredictable to risk much outdoors. We have rain coming in soon, but not until after tomorrow when it should be quite nice and above normal temperature.
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1. calpoppy
8:35 PM GMT on March 23, 2010
I'm glad you have sprung into spring! We have too. Nice to be planting veggies outside, cool season ones that is. Warm season veggies are still cozy in the greenhouse as our night time temps can be in the thirties or less this time of year.
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