Saturday, March 10, 2012
The Great Northwet
It's true what they say about Seattle -- days and days of rain. Partly sunny is not what you hear in the forecast; you hear partly rainy with showers. Or 50 percent chance of rain, which means that it is 100% over half the area, or worse, if you live in the convergence zone which is right over my roof, everything brewing happens in your yard.
At this time of year, we dream of the desert or high-tailing it over to Hawaii. My friend Deb did that, but it was too shocking to come back home -- nothing had changed here. Spring comes slowly, almost painfully; you have to tune your senses to very subtle changes! Still the soft, middle gray tones make the greens stand out brightly and the rains ensure that there's plenty of green everywhere. Moss, and algae, you know!
Oh, and we have snow showers at 500 feet of elevation forecast for the next 24 hours, as the temperatures drop and another sort precipitation arrives. You see, we have more than one kind of rain, we have "snain" or mixed snow and rain, or partly snowy. I am not complaining about the weather, oh no. I'll just break out my handy light box and dream of tropical shores. And guess what? Some of these rainy weather systems are called "The Pineapple Express." Oh irony, oh iron gray skies.