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