It Rains in Seattle?

OK, I am willing to bet that there will be an untold number of blog posts today involving the weather! James Earl Jones might even say there will be an “Infinity squared plus another infinity” of them.  With that going on, I might as well join in with the fun!

I heard the radio this morning say that EVERY state, except for Hawaii, would have freezing temps today.  My friend Trish posted it was in the single digits at her house, and she lives in Atlanta! (OK close to it, isn’t all of Georgia Atlanta or Hazzard county?)  This means that most of my cycling friends that read this were probably either hunkered down, or biking in arctic conditions.

That wasn’t me.  For some reason, while the rest of y’all turned into a popsicle, western Washington warmed up!

Yep, for the first time in a long time, there was no frost on the windows of the car or ice on the road.  In fact, it was almost warm during my lunch time walk!

Now before y’all start sending me hate mail, I want to clear up one thing.  It was NOT sunny in Seattle.

Gotta love my work shop glasses for dark and wet days!
Gotta love my work shop glasses for dark and wet days!

Nope, I had something happen to me that hasn’t happened in months.  I had a rainy ride home. (WAIT doesn’t rain ALL the time in Seattle?)

We have had a very strange fall and winter around here.  It rained a LOT in September, but since then, its been dry more often than not.  That NEVER happens.  I am not complaining, mind you.  I much prefer bundling up and riding on a cold dry day than riding in the rain!

But, with the rest of the country looking like Antarctica, it seems the weather gods have decided to get things back to normal here.  And, as much as I hate to admit it, we need it.  The snowpack in the mountains is dismal right now  The summit at Snoqualmie pass is having to use front loaders and dump trucks to get enough snow for the inner tube sled running area.

The ski area?  Not a chance.  Around here, our water for the year comes from snow melt, if there aint no snow….   I have heard a few people talk about potential droughts already.  This means brown lawns (OK thats a plus I love it when the grass dies out each summer, a quick mow of the dandelions and I am off on the bike) but also a good chance of wild fires.

Plus, with a bad enough drought, it could affect the wine grape crop.

So, here’s hoping, even though it means I am going to get wet, the rains hang out for a while, and we can build up what we need up there!

For the rest of ya, I really hope it thaws out quick… Stay warm!

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