Unsettled and Wet

By: PugetSoundPost , 3:28 PM GMT on March 28, 2011

March 30, 8:30 PM

Rivers are flooding and more will before this flood event is over but I have to say, not much happening around here. The forecast was quite spot on. Rain shadowing here in central Puget Sound has cut us off from the Main Event. But, we haven't been dry.

Not a great day today. Breezy for the first part of the day and off and on rain. Quite stable today temperature-wise. Our high around noon was 50, now at 8:30 PM it is still 49, and the low this morning was 45. So not much excercise for the mercury. Our highest breeze gust was 21 mph. And, so far today our total rain is only .22" ! More could fall later tonight, but right now radar is showing a great big blank space over the southern half of western Washington. All the action is currently north of us. However, the rivers being most watched for flooding are in the central Cascades, north of Mt. Rainier. A lot of rain has fallen in the mountains.

Another day with little desire to spend much time outside. The next week will continue with the cool and showery/rainy regime that doesn't bear much resemblence to spring, at least the spring everyone wishes for. But, sad to say, I guess it is Spring in the Northwest. My tulips are coming up and will try their best to light up the season.

March 29, 9:40 PM

A quick note tonight about our incoming weather: RAIN! A long, warm plume of moisture originating in the tropics is on its way into Western Washington. Wednesday into Thursday look to be WET region-wide, and rivers are likely to flood, hence the flood watch was posted over most all of this half of the state. The latest forecast is trending toward the central Cascades producing the most risk for river flooding, although all the mountains are set for a lot of rain. Due to shadowing off the Olympics, I am guessing here in this area we won't see too heavy of rain, but for nearly April it will maybe still be quite a good rain producer.

Today was a lousy day. Even though the high reached 54, most every time I looked at a thermometer it was in the upper 40's. Heavy overcast and sporadic rain all day. It felt colder outside today than many previous "colder" days and it has been hard to shake the chill. Photos of sunny places are looking better and better each day!

March 28, 8:30 AM

After a few days late last week that topped out over 60 degrees and had various amounts of sunshine, giving us our first real strong hints of spring, the season has pulled back again. Rain returned over the weekend and yesterday, especially, was chilly (upper 40's, slow to warm eventually to a high of 55 here) and the widespread rain was much more winter-like in appearance than typical "spring".

Now today, with higher pressure over us keeping the rain mostly at bay, but not the clouds, we are in a few hours of lull, but another system is coming in overnight tonight for another round of rain through Tuesday. Then, a much more potent system is due on Wednesday, basically a late season Pineapple Express, with a long moisture fetch reaching into the tropics is expected to stall over Western Washington into Thursday and dump substantial amounts of rain, especially in the mountains, but for us too, and potential flooding is to be watched for. Not too much lure to be outside this week, it appears, in spite of my youngest daughter's spring break this week. Well, too bad.

We have a few flowers to plant into pots, so perhaps today will be our best shot at getting that done under mostly cloudy and cool skies, rather than under rainy skies. Oh, my kids did run out a couple of days ago and plant some onion starts in our garden, so the garden is underway!

March 28
Sunrise: 6:55 AM --- Sunset: 7:32 PM (PDT)
(gaining 3 minutes, 27 seconds tomorrow)

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8. PugetSoundPost
10:32 PM GMT on April 01, 2011
Hi BriarCraft - What a start to April! I was in Bellevue/Redmond most of today and it has rained steadily ALL day. Low visibility and lots of swishing water out on the highways. Here at home we have .33" so far today and it is still coming down - seems like it should be more than that based on those other locations I was in. Maybe they did get more. A high of 52, so far.

We received a little under 6" rain in March, so you greatly outpaced us. These last couple of days when the flooding rains soaked the mountains, they pretty much missed us, so we may have fallen well behind during that big miss. Yes, the month was a lion all the way along. The lambs were lost in a thicket in the far pasture, I think.

Hi Toddluck - No hoax today in this area! Another day when the sky, air and land meld into one and you can't tell the difference. April is off to a soaking start!
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7. BriarCraft
5:29 PM GMT on April 01, 2011
March came in like a lion, was a lion all month, and went out like a lion. I thought there was supposed to be a lamb in the mix somewhere. We have reason to be depressed by the rain. Toledo had 8.0" of rain in March. The nearest location where I could find averages is for Olympia, which averages 5.0" for the month. Maybe April will get with the whole concept of what spring is supposed to be about. We can only hope...
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6. toddluck
3:29 PM GMT on April 01, 2011
doesnt appear to be a hoax..
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5. PugetSoundPost
3:08 PM GMT on April 01, 2011
Toddluck - One "partly sunny" day in the next week! Nothing but rain and showers in the forecast, and cool. I don't think it is April Fool's, either.
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4. toddluck
6:37 PM GMT on March 31, 2011
im soooo tired of the rain its depressing
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3. Buckey2745
6:34 PM GMT on March 31, 2011
You know what's going to happen, right? We'll go from a cold, dreary Spring straight in to hot Summer. Just watch.
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2. Buckey2745
2:14 AM GMT on March 31, 2011
Where in the world is Spring? Long term I don't see much relief in sight.
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1. WatchinTheSky
10:12 PM GMT on March 30, 2011

I'll trade you for some rain! I think we are done now until monsoon season. A local weatherstation was reading 85 today. Spring is here. Thursday update - 90s today, 60s and gray Sunday, but no rain...
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