21 degrees out there

November 24, 2010

Eek. Our traffic woes when the weather gets like this are awful – between the steep hills and slick layer of ice you can be sure is beneath any snow that falls, it gets dicey out there. Here’s a compilation of videoed traffic mayhem that displays how dicey, even with snow chains and salted roads:

*Stick with it until at least 3:00 – although it will  be tough to tear your eyes away from any of it!

Woo! It’s about time we got some sun for a change! I may even spend a bit of time reading outside on the deck…

At some point in the afternoon, I took a break from my work just to lie down in the patch of sun that was filtering in through the window. It was heavenly!

The weather guys tell us that the last time we had warm(ish) weather, it was September 23, at 81 degrees. Today we don’t expect temps higher than around 70 or 71, and it’s already clouded up, but pretending I was a lizard on a rock in the middle of the living room gave my whole week a boost!

…but the weather didn’t seem to get the memo! I don’t usually mind the gloom–what’s more, it’s one of the reasons we moved here in the first place! It’s getting kind of old, however, after 271 days and counting. Sunday’s high was 56 degrees. Monday’s high was 63. They are saying we may hit 70 today (and it’s sunny, yay!), so I have my fingers crossed. A start is a start, after all.

Here’s an excerpt from yesterday’s paper:

“Seattle is on a stretch of 271 days and counting without reaching 75 degrees, said Dennis D’Amico, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The previous record was 254 days.

“We have crushed that,” Mass said, adding it’s likely temperatures won’t reach 75 until July.

It’s not just that it’s not warm — it’s been far colder than June’s usual high of 70.

At 56 degrees, Sunday’s high was just 1 degree above the lowest high ever recorded at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on a June 20. That’s a typical mid-April high.”

via Seattle Times

Wow. I can’t even pretend to imagine what this must be like! “Like opening up a door to another world,” indeed!!


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