The front page of the Seattle Times reported on our chilly spring in an interesting way Wednesday. I know we have nothing to really complain about when I see the Iowa floods on my television set but still, with the start of Summer only a few days away, can this really be our Spring?
The best word I heard this week to describe the weather is Junuary!
Seattle weather: Colder than Siberia!
It doesn't seem fair, but it's the cold, hard truth — accent on cold: While Seattle hasn't seen a 70-degree day in more than two weeks, Fairbanks, Alaska, has had six of them in the past 10 days.
Just about everyone, it seems, is toastier than we are. You've heard of International Falls, Minn., the self-proclaimed "Icebox of the Nation?"? It's had four days this month in the 70s, topped off with a pleasant 75 on Sunday.
Across the Atlantic, the northern destination of Oslo, Norway, has been passing the 70-degree mark nearly every day recently, while even the Siberian city of Tomsk, Russia, hit the 70s last weekend.
Meanwhile, shivering Seattle residents, hearing about snowplows back at work on Snoqualmie Pass this week, probably have only dim memories of the 77-degree high of May 24, the last time the mercury crept into the 70s here.
On Tuesday, state highway workers clearing away the last of 7 inches of snow on Interstate 90 could remember only two other times in the past 30 years that snowplows have been called out this late in the year.
Maybe we shouldn't complain too loudly, though.
The East Coast has been sweating and sweltering in mid- to upper-90-degree heat, setting records in several areas.
In New York City, the temperature was pushing toward the 100-degree mark. Combined with high humidity, the heat had people scurrying for shade or air-conditioned relief.
Weather experts say June made its chilliest debut ever in Seattle last week, but at least a mild respite is on the way. The National Weather Service forecasts highs 68 on Saturday and Sunday, with the promise of a "partly sunny" weekend.
Not a scorcher by any means, but much nicer than we've been getting.
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P.S. Update!!! The weather forecasters were right!! Yesterday was beautiful, sunny and warm (65 degrees) for most of the day. Here's Tater's view from the front porch, where she sat with me yesterday afternoon and took in the day.
P.P.S. Happy Father's Day to all the dads today, especially to mine and to Donna's dad, Howard!! See you both soon.