I don’t know if they are outthinking themselves, using new systems or suffering from the changes of global warming, but our Seattle forecasters are missing the boat. Several weeks ago, they completely whiffed on overpredicting a dangerous wind storm that barely had any impact at all, and overall the past few years they seem to underpredict the temperature on warm days by 5 degrees. But they also seem to be consistently missing predictions on timing of storms and the amount of rain. For example, today was supposed to be rain, but between .1 and .25 inches, which isn’t much more than a sprinkle. But is raining buckets out there and has been all morning. Last week, they did something similar and I wore the wrong pair of shoes. They need to start putting more information in their forecasts, such as what all the variables are (rather than just saying “Rain”) so people can look at the information and decide for themselves.
I never think of us here in Washington having killer flash floods, not like in some parts of the world. But according to The Seattle Times, in 1925 cloudburst near Wenatchee sent a 20′ wall of water into a nearby town, taking a 3-story hotel off its foundation, wiping out trains in the local yard, and killing 16 people. I can’t imagine – watching a squall from the relative comfort of your hotel room, then a short time later a wall of water sends your room crashing into a torrent. Another case for the You-Never-Know file.
All week long, I’ve been wearing boots because the forecast has been rain, but at most we’ve had a few minutes of mist during the times I’ve been outside. So today, I threw caution to the wind and wore my much more comfortable shoes to work. And, of course, the skies absolutely opened up, the kind of rain where the streets turn into streams and the rain hitting the ground looks like little silver explosions. So, I am at work and my feet are soaked. I should’ve known better to tempt to the rain gods, and they had to to remind me who has all the power and control 🙂 On the plus side, I am in a dry/heated office buliding — somewhere in this city people are wearing wet clothes with no warm dry place to go to 😦
Big drops of steady rain are falling in Seattle tonight. I love rainy summer nights. They remind me of the second half setting of a beloved Raymond Chandler novel, The Big Sleep. Reading Raymond Chandler for the first time in the 90s was wonderful. Rainy summer nights are also a cozy respite from the heat when it is a hot summer (not this year though) 🙂
I was awake in the middle of the night when suddenly the house settled. A few minuntes later I heard sirens, and I knew something was up. It was a natural gas explosion that blew up several businesses in Greenwood area. It is a miracle no one was killed, although 7 firefighters went to the hospital with non-life threatening glass injuries.
Last night, a fairly strong rainstorm came through. Heavy wind and rain all night, and at one point I couldn’t see across the street the rain was so heavy. I don’t remember a wetter winter here since 1999, when it seemed like it rained (hard) at least once a day for months and months.