Tuesday/ here comes the heat 🔥

One of the longest-lasting and strongest June heat waves in years is revving up across the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
The most intense heat first focuses on the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and New England through Thursday, shifting toward the Mid-Atlantic this weekend.
– Ian Livingston writing for the Washington Post

Here in Seattle we are hiding in the northwest corner of the USA. By Friday we will get to 82°F (28°C), but no more than that into the weekend.
Elsewhere, out in the southeast and northeast, a dozen states are facing an extreme HeatRisk (4 out of 4) with no overnight relief, into the weekend.
Philadelphia may see 100°F (38°C), Washington DC 97°F (36°C), and because of the population density in the northeast, about 70 million people are under these heat alerts.
As for the summer months that are still ahead of us, Ian Livingston notes in his report that ‘Global temperatures have been at record levels for a year because of both the El Niño climate pattern and human-caused climate warming. With El Niño having dissipated and La Niña taking over, global temperatures should come down somewhat in the coming months.’

Saturday/ rain 🌧️

There was rain today: a nice little late afternoon downpour.
It was only 58°F  (14 °C) when I went out for a walk afterwards.

Spring is coming to a rough ending weatherwise, elsewhere in the country.
Places in southern Florida had been drenched with 24 in. of rain or more over the last few days, and it was 111 °F (44 °C) in Phoenix, Arizona today.

Saturday/ summer weather ☀️

Happy Saturday.
It felt like summer today here in Seattle (78 °F/ 26 °C) and the sunny weather will continue for several more days.

I found these California poppies by the pickleball courts at Beacon Hill Playfield on Thursday.

A soggy Sunday ☔

It rained all day.
It looks like we will be getting all of June’s normal rainfall (1.45 in) here in the greater Seattle area over the next three days.
Two back-to-back atmospheric rivers are bringing in the precipitation.

Friday ☀️

Happy Friday.
It was a lovely spring day around the city.
Everyone seemed to be out on the streets.
I colorized the photo that I took while I was stuck at the University Bridge while it was opened to ship canal traffic.
Look for the little float plane up in the air.

Friday/ sun ☀

It felt like spring today, with the sun out all day long.
Here in the city of Seattle we touched 60 °F (15 °C) at the high.

I got a set of USA stamps from one of my amigos (thanks, Steve!).
Here is one of my favorites.
Lindbergh Flight Issue
50th Anniversary of Charles A. Lindbergh’s solo transatlantic flight from New York to Paris, May 20, 1927
Issued May 20, 1977  Photolitho. Perf. 11
1710 A1099    13c   Multicolored   Spirit of St. Louis over Atlantic Ocean
[Source: Scott 2003 Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, Vol. 1]

Wednesday/ twilight ✨

There was sun today, but it does not feel like spring yet here in the city.
It was only 47 °F (8 °C) as I went for a quick walk after dinner.

Sunset is now at 7.13 pm.
I am standing on my usual spot at 14th Avenue East and East Thomas Street.

Thursday/ crocuses 🌱

It was a pleasant winter’s day here in the city with sunshine, blue skies and a high of 56°F (13 °C).

The other harbingers of spring— crocuses— are out here on Seattle’s Capitol Hill as well. 

Monday/ a very mild day 🌥

The 62 °F (16 °C) high of today here in the city was the highest recorded so far for January 29.
Maybe there will be several such days in a row, fifty Januaries from now.

Here’s 4.40 pm at Republican and 11th Avenue. I’m walking down to the QFC grocery store on Broadway. I was so focused on the new construction that had mushroomed up from the ground during the time I was away, that I hardly noticed the new white Ford F-150 Lightning parked across it. (I was also in a hurry, knowing sunset is at 5 pm, and not wanting to walk back in the dark. Maybe I will go look for the Ford again tomorrow).

Tuesday/ not much snow right now 🗻

‘The first 10 days of December saw a series of atmospheric rivers flow into Washington and western Oregon, bringing record-breaking rainfall and above-freezing temperatures which further reduced what little snowpack there was’.
– Mark Knowlin writing in the Seattle Times.

Sunday 🌥

There were blue skies, but not too much sun, here in the city today.
The high was 49°F (9°C).

The greenhouse in Volunteer Park as the light was fading today.
The branches on the lane of trees are bare of leaves now.

Thursday/ more Seaside 🌊

Wednesday was clear and quiet, but there was rain on Thursday morning in Seaside as we packed up and headed home to Seattle.

Seaside beach around noon on Wednesday | The historic Seaside Promenade is 1½ miles long and was dedicated in 1921 | Monument for Lewis and Clark, whose expedition had started in St Louis, MO, in May 1804, and ended at Fort Clatsop in Sept. 1806, nearby Seaside, to its north | A marker for an evacuation route (Seaside is only at 23′ elevation and vulnerable to tsunamis) | Approaching the drawbridge on US-101 going over Youngs River

Thursday/ a soggy downtown ☔️

It was still raining on and off today.
(We’re getting a break from the rain tomorrow.)
I had an errand downtown and took these pictures.

It’s still looking a little desolate on 15th Avenue across from the No 10 bus stop. No word yet, as to when the former QFC grocery store’s building will be redeveloped.
Nice artwork on the bland wall. Looks like someone had an entire filing cabinet of 3.5″ diskettes to throw out!
The 5th Avenue Theatre sign and little tree lights bring a little color to the gray.
At parade of tail lights on Fifth Avenue, on my way to the Seattle Central Library on Spring Street.
The entrance to Seattle Central Library on Fifth Avenue.
The F5 tower is still looking good. It opened in May of 2017.
It’s impossible for me to tell what percentage of the office space is occupied at this point, but I suspect it’s still way down from pre-pandemic levels.
An ambulance from the Seattle Fire Department comes by as a handful of us wait for the No 12 bus on Marion Street to take us back to Capitol Hill.

Tuesday/ lots of water 🌊

Reported in the Seattle Times:
Continuous rainfall in Western Washington has caused landslides, train and traffic delays, and flood warnings and emergencies throughout the region Tuesday.
Rainfall at the National Weather Service’s office in Seattle set a record on Monday, at 1.51 inches, “and we’ve had at least three-quarters of an inch of rain since midnight,” said Dana Felton, a meteorologist with the weather service in Seattle, shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Just before daybreak Tuesday, rain was falling at a rate of up to a half an inch per hour across the lowlands and the mountains, where snow elevations remain as high as 10,000 feet.
It continued throughout the day, reaching 1.61 inches by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

A misty and roaring Snoqualmie Falls photographed in King County, Washington Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023.
If I read the stream flow data right (from the USGS website for river measuring stations below), some 13 times the long-term median volume of water in the Snoqualmie River is tumbling down over the falls right now.
[Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times]
Long-term median flow, cubic ft/s: 445
Discharge, cubic ft/s: 5,740
Gage height, ft: 8.52
[Source: USGS web site waterdata.usgs.gov]

Monday/ lots of wet 💦

The Pacific Northwest is at the receiving end of a classic atmospheric river over the Pacific Ocean today, and for the next day or two.

Weatherman Al Roker talks about the atmospheric river.
[Screen shots from tonight’s NBC Nightly news broadcast].

Sunday/ a little bit of sun 🌦

The sun was out for just a little while today— low on the horizon as the daylight was dwindling.

At the Black Sun in Seattle’s Volunteer Park at 3.19 pm, about an hour before sunset.
Black Sun is a 1969 sculpture by Isamu Noguchi on the eastern edge of the park’s man-made reservoir, and across from the Seattle Asian Art Museum.