Thursday, May 14, 2009

Livin' in the Pacific NorthWET

As some of you may know, I live in the Pacific Northwest...most often referred to (with a grumble in the voice) as the "Pacific NorthWET". Our rather serious weather station in the back yard is monitored by the National Weather Service. The station reports the weather conditions and the NWS uses those statistics to forecast weather up and down the Cascade Mountain Range from Canada through Oregon. Very kewl!

We smile because on some days, as it's setting, the sun may break through the clouds and splash golden light onto the mountainside.

Other days we reap the rewards of plentiful rainfall with forest flowers like "Bleeding Heart".

And this little guy who I haven't identified yet, spared by the tractor's blades last weekend.

And salmon berry blossoms, the first flowers to summon the hummingbirds.

But then the raindrops start to fall from the sky again. They quicken their pace and we run inside before the deluge. A brief stop at the back door to remove squishy sneakers and we're inside for the rest of the day. The average rainfall for our area is 37 inches a year. As of today, just 4 1/2 months into the year we stand at 25.09 inches. Eeck...are those webs growing between my toes?


the7msn Thursday, May 14, 2009 9:20:00 PM  

Enjoy it while you can...maybe save some and bring it down in a jar?

penni Friday, May 15, 2009 12:17:00 PM  

I second that. We are sooo dry. The cute (but almost always wrong) weather guy says maybe a sprinkle of rain tomorrow. We don't hold our collective breath. So, yes, bring all the wet stuff you can.

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