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.

Pictures:
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]
NF SNOQUALMIE RIVER NEAR SNOQUALMIE FALLS, WA
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.

Wednesday/ cold November rain ☔

We’ve been through this such a long long time
Just tryin’ to kill the pain, ooh yeah
Love is always comin’, love is always goin’
No one’s really sure who’s lettin’ go today
Walkin’ away

If we could take the time to lay it on the line
I could rest my head just knowin’ that you were mine
All mine
So if you want to love me then darlin’ don’t refrain
Or I’ll just end up walkin’ in the cold November rain
– Lyrics from November Rain by Guns N’ Roses (1992)


It was a gray day today, and the unusual stretch of dry days for November came to an end tonight.

A last look at SR 20 North Cascades before the winter closure.
The forecast for snow and rain mix means increased avalanche risk, so we are closing North Cascades from Ross Dam trailhead to Silver Star gate (milepost 134-171) for the season at 6PM, Thursday, Nov. 30.
[Posted by WSDOT East @WSDOT_East on X]

Sunday ☀️

We had our first dry Thanksgiving in eight years.
In fact, the sunny-but-cold weather here in the city will continue until Thursday.

I’m standing on my usual spot for ‘surveying’ the leaves on the trees that line 19th Avenue East (across from Stevens Elementary School).
The leaves are almost gone, but not quite yet.

Saturday 🍂

It’s the end of Daylight Saving Time— we have to turn back all the clocks back by an hour.

After lots of rain and a thunderstorm this morning, the afternoon turned out to be calm and clear (61 °F/ 16° C).
Here I am back from a walk down to Capitol Hill train station for a jaunt I had intended to do, up to U-District, but it was not to be. We first waited for 10 minutes on the northbound train to depart, during which the lights went out, and the ‘NORTHGATE’ display as the final destination changed to an IP address (IP.80.0.0.80 or something).
Then an announcement came that there was mechanical trouble. The next northbound train will actually pick us up on the southbound track. The train that had a delayed departure had been full already, though. So when the next northbound train arrived (on the southbound track) also almost full of people, I decided the overcrowding wasn’t worth the trouble for me, and came back home. There is always tomorrow to try again.

Wednesday/ here’s November ☔️

Seattle-Tacoma airport recorded 2.77 in. of rain for October—  below the average of 3.46 in.

November is the wettest month of the year (usually coming in at 6.5 in), and we’re off to a good start with a forecast of 1.4 in over the next seven days.

This year’s fly agaric mushrooms in my back yard are smaller than usual (crowns of 3 to 4 inches diameter).
These ‘look but don’t touch’ mushrooms (they contain toxic alkaloids).

Monday/ a little rain ☔

It rained a little today, on and off.
There was time in Earth’s history when it rained for eons.

Here is an excerpt from a book I’m reading:

For a few million years our planet had rings, like Saturn. Eventually, the rings coalesced to create another new world – the Moon. All this happened approximately 4,600,000,000 (4.6 billion) years ago.
Millions more years passed. The day came when the Earth had cooled enough for the water vapor in the atmosphere to condense and fall as rain. It rained for millions of years, long enough to create the first oceans. And oceans were all there were; there was no land. The Earth, once a ball of fire, had become a world of water. Not that things were any calmer. In those days the Earth spun faster on its axis than it does today. The new Moon loomed close above the black horizon. Each incoming tide was a tsunami.

Sunday 🌞

It’s October— and I saw a few Halloween decorations on houses, while I was out on my walk tonight.
It was a dry and mild weekend here in the city (65°F/ 18 °C), but it might rain a little on Monday.

Nineteenth Avenue on Capitol Hill in Seattle, just before 6 o’clock tonight.

Friday/ rain: way, way too much 🌊

Wow.
New York City has gotten two or three months’ worth of rain in one day, and there is nowhere for the water to go.
JFK airport recorded an unprecedented 8 inches of rain in 24 hours.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive in Manhattan was flooded Friday morning.
[Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times]
Members of Westchester County Emergency Services looked for people who might have been trapped by heavy flooding in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
[Mike Segar/Reuters]
In the Bronx, commuters stood on a bench at a bus stop as the water in the street rose.
[Gregg Vigliotti/ The New York Times]
A commuter at Bainbridge and Jerome Avenues in the Bronx.Credit.
[Gregg Vigliotti/ The New York Times]
Heavy downpours quickly overwhelmed many roadways, including First Street in Hamilton Beach near Jamaica Bay in Queens.
[Uli Seit/ The New York Times]

Tuesday/ Idalia is here 🌪

Hurricane Idalia is about to make landfall in the the Big Bend area of Florida as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane.

Hurricane Idalia brushed by the west of Cuba and strengthened over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Category 4 hurricanes are monsters: they spawn tornadoes wrapped in rain, and winds of 130-156 mph. Water and power services could be out for months, with the hardest-hit places uninhabitable for weeks.
Hurricane Ian made landfall in September 2022 along the southwest Florida coast as a Category 4 storm. It killed 150 people and became the costliest storm on record in Florida.
[Graphic from the New York Times; information from TV news website KCRA].

Friday/ summer’s winding down ⛵️

Happy Friday.
The weather forecasters say this weekend will be the last of this summer’s warm weather—  88 °F/ 31 °C in Seattle on Sunday.

Sailboaters participate in the weekly Duck Dodge on Lake Union in Seattle on Tuesday.
The Duck Dodge is a loosely organized regatta (held on Tuesdays in summer) where sailboats of every size, speed, and soundness gather to raise their sails, and a few adult beverages too. [Photo by Luke Johnson / The Seattle Times]

Happy Friday ☀️

Happy Friday.
Cool marine air pushed in from the Pacific Ocean this morning, and made for a beautiful day (78 °F/ 26 °C).

Picture posted by Chris Daniels@ChrisDaniels_TV on X.