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September Do-Over?

September is generally a fairly dry month in the Pacific Northwest, with dry, sunny weather that lasts long into fall, even as the temperatures drop.  Not so this year.  Seattle’s monthly September rainfall averages 1.5 inches, but this year, we have already seen 2.77 inches of rain (as of September 23).  That was several days ago, and it has rained quite a bit more since then.  So we have had double our annual average of rain this month!

I’m over it.  Done.  I’m not ready to jump in puddles or scoop up soggy piles of leaves.  I’m not ready for the eternal gray dreariness of winter.  I want summer.  Or at least a dry, sunny, crisp beautiful fall.  I want to hear the leaves crunch under my feet and see a blue sky above.  I want to feel the crisp air without raindrops soaking through my clothes.  Is that too much to ask?

To make it perfectly clear….

This.

Not This…

Winter Woes

I’m currently freezing, and I was freezing all day, and I am wishing that summer would come back…

The last couple of days have been relatively decent – it has been dry during the day with periods where the sun peeks out. That was not the case over the weekend though – Halloween was at best dreary, with periodic downpours during the day, and during prime trick or treating time. Not that I was out trick or treating, but I felt bad for the kids. Sunday offered a brief respite for my morning walk, but then devolved back into alternating drizzle and pounding rain. It made me sad…

The weekend was certainly a reminder that the long, dark, wet winter is upon us, even if we are technically still in fall. There will be months of near-constant clouds and gray, and inches and inches of rain to slog through. There will be weeks of going to work in the dark, and coming home in the dark. And even if those weeks are brightened by cookies, holidays, social functions and wine, there is no way to get away from the gray and the cold.

I know I’m just whining, but perhaps I need to start planning a mid-winter getaway to someplace where the sun will soak into my skin and warm my bones.  That sounds like just the ticket…

Who else is already dreaming of spring?

Rain, rain… Enough already…

They say that the Eskimos have a huge number of words for snow.  Of course, that is a topic of debate, and Eskimo is an antiquated term now largely discarded in favor of Inuit.  But, my point?  Well, that may or may not be true, but what I do know is that Pacific Northwesterners have a ton of words for rain.

Precipitation, rain, drizzle, rainfall, driving rain, mizzle, mist, pour, pouring buckets, dumping buckets, spitting, raining cats and dogs, pelting rain, sprinkle, shower, deluge, pissing rain, torrential rain, drenching rain, light rain, heavy rain, bring the Ark over and let’s climb aboard rain.  Ok, I made that last one up – but I think we should start a movement and see if it catches on.  Whatever word you use, it has been raining here, is expected to continue raining, and I would like it to stop.

Last night I walked with a friend in a rain that alternated between a light rain and a drizzle, and eventually settled into a mist before it grudgingly stopped.  Today I went for a walk at lunch in a fine mist.  The rain is supposed to increase for the next couple of days too.  My walking clothes are all covered in a layer of fine mud around the ankles, and the house is filled with the lovely aroma of tennis shoes drying over the heater vent.

Please don’t tell me that we are having a mild winter here in the PNW, or that we recently had one of the driest January’s on record.  I know all that.  My perspective is my own, based on nothing other than the fact that several pairs of my gloves are wet and I have been constantly wiping my glasses.  Even when it isn’t raining, the sky is gray.  We are halfway through winter, and I am tired of the rain…