– Ben Martens


Cool Weather

The Pacific Northwest is breaking all kinds of rain records this winter. For example, looking at the period between Oct 1 and Sept 30, we have already received more than the average rain for that entire period. But it’s not just the rain that has been unique this year. We’re also having much cooler temps.

March is over and by now we have usually enjoyed a few 60 degree (or even 70 degree) days mixed in with the standard “low 50s and rainy” weather. But not this year. KOMO posted an article a while back showing the history of the longest wait to reach 60 degrees. The record was April 11 back in 1954. We are rapidly climbing up the list! Tuesday and Wednesday are both forecast to be right around 60 so we’ll see how far we climb before we get a day at 60 or above.

  1. April 11: 1954
  2. April 8: 1957
  3. April 7: 1959
  4. April 4: 1950
  5. April 4: 1971
  6. April 3: 2002
  7. April 2: 1967
  8. March 31: 2000
  9. March 30: 1976
  10. March 29: 2003

In my head I hear the yodeling song from Cliffhanger on the Price Is Right.

[UPDATE] SeaTac had a high of 60 on April 4 so we tied for #4 on the list.

Coldest Winter

We have only been in our current house for 5 winters, but this is by far the most we’ve ever paid to heat it during the winter. One month was 40% higher than our previous max and we’ve even had the thermostat turned down lower than it was in previous years.

Cliff Mass has a post up showing that this is the coldest Seattle winter in 32 years! It hasn’t been hard to notice the extended periods of colder than average weather. I hope that it breaks soon and we can start getting some spring weather, but there’s no end in sight.

This cold wet weather has made for a pretty spectacular ski season, or so I’ve heard. I think I’ll be finishing up the year with 0 ski days.

Snow Days

We went a few years without any snow in the lowlands (that’s what we call the area where we live as opposed to the foothills or the mountains.) But this year, we’ve had two snow events! This most recent one hit on Sunday evening after the Super Bowl. The forecaster that I follow, Cliff Mass, did a great job of showing the uncertainty around the forecast and what all the various models were showing. The average of all the models nailed the forecast this time and we ended up with 5″ of snow at our house. People who live on the higher hills (500-1000 feet above us) got an extra foot.

This closed everything down on Monday. It started to melt a bit on Monday evening and then it all froze up on Tuesday which canceled schools again on Tuesday. Now we’re melting it all down with more normal weather (50 and rainy.)

The last time we had snow, Elijah couldn’t get enough of sledding, building snowmen, etc. This time he wasn’t as interested in those things and had more fun with his shovel and wheelbarrow. I did get a good giggle out of him though as I clipped into my skis and took a slow run down our street.

All the heavy snow on the branches cause a lot of trees and branches to come down. A small one fell across the street from our house and a lot of big limbs came down at the church. I stopped by on Tuesday night and took six loads of branches over to the brush pile. There was some minor damage to the playground that I’ll repair as well. But we were lucky. At the peak, there were over 200,000 people without power!

This wasn’t the worst snow storm in Seattle history but it’s up there pretty high. It was nice to be able to stay at home for the most part and not feel pressure to drive anyway. I’m able to work from home and Elijah’s school was canceled so it all worked out well.

Heat Storm

heatstormIf you live in the Pacific Northwest, get ready to bare those pasty white legs because a heat storm is coming! Ok a “heat storm” probably isn’t a real thing but it’s a good way to describe what’s going to happen today. Here in the early part of April when high temps are normally in the 50s, we are going to top out somewhere in the 80s! Cliff Mass has a great breakdown of the forecast, but the root of this is because of a huge high pressure ridge just off the coast. It keeps down the cool marine breezes, pulls air from the warmer eastern part of the state and creates downslope warming (air is warmed by compression as it flows down the mountain slopes.)

Get outside and enjoy it! We still have months of 60 degree rainy weather ahead of us before summer really takes hold.