Daily Archives: August 7, 2009

Western Washington: The Things We Take for Granted


Photo by: David M. Williams

Hopefully all of you had a productive day today. To be completely honest, I really didn’t. It was one of those lazy “do nothing” days and I really enjoyed it actually! It’s good to have those days every once in a while 🙂

Yesterday when I was driving home from work I began to notice something that I see everyday, but took very little notice of, for some reason, until yesterday. What was it you ask? A high volume of road kill. For heavens sake, you would THINK those possums and raccoons would learn. But no. They continue to step out into the road only to get mangled by oncoming traffic. But that wasn’t the ONLY thing I took notice of. What else, you ask?

The trees! In late June my family and I went to Wyoming as we do every year to visit family. I loved every minute of the trip, but something about Washington made me miss home while I was in Wyoming. It wasn’t enough to ruin my trip, but every once in a while I would think about home and the things that made it great. One of those things was in fact the trees.

I drive from Silverdale to Port Orchard most days and then back so I get to see A LOT of big, green trees on my way there. And you know what? I really love them. I’m no tree hugger by any means at all (puppies and bunnies are great little balls of fluff to hug, but trees?) but I love the fact that we are in abundance of them.

Trees make the air fresh, the hiking trips bearable and the scenery breathtaking, especially in the fall.

What are some things you love about this state or, more specifically, Kitsap County? Feel free to share!

The forecast for the next 7 days looks pretty much the same as what was forecasted earlier today: mostly cloudy tomorrow, partly sunny Sunday and mostly cloudy with a good chance of rain Monday through Wednesday. It looks like Wednesday will be the wettest day with steady, light rain spreading throughout the area. That will feel weird! It’s been a few months since we’ve seen steady rain around here!

And then we gradually improve for later next week into the weekend. Highs will be quite cool, though. Only in the upper 60s to low 70s.

Before I go, just thought I’d mention: I’m helping pour cement for one of my bosses tomorrow and earlier this week at work he asked me what the weather was going to be like this weekend because that would depend on whether he does the cement or not. Talk about pressure! I really hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow or I’m in BIGGGG trouble! 😉

Have a fantastic weekend!!

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap




Your Forecast for Friday, October 7th


“Well Kitsapers, it’s looking like a pretty typical October day with cloudy skies and cool temperatures. But that’s nothing out of the ordinary, right?”

Sure! If it were actually October 7th! (Which lands on a Wednesday, actually) The pattern we’re experiencing right now is fairly typical of early fall around here, but I would think most residents of Western Washington are content with the current pattern—as long as it doesn’t last from now until next May. While it’s too soon to start making those kinds of predictions, it certainly looks like we’ll be under a blanket of gray until at least late next week, but there will be moments of sunbreaks in between the cloud cover.

But I think most of you are wondering about the rain predicted to arrive in our area early next week. Amazingly, that prediction still looks good with some rain expected to arrive later Tuesday into Wednesday. I don’t know about you, but I am SO ready for some preciptation around here.

So, today and Saturday will be very similar: cloudy with the small chance for a few sunbreaks, but overall cool and Autumn-like. The sun breaks through a little bit on Sunday with highs “bouncing” up to the low 70s (as opposed to the upper 90s/low 100s last week) but clouds and light drizzle/showers return for Monday before some more healthy rain looks to move on through for Tuesday and Wednesday.

We even leak a little bit of that rain in the picture on Thursday before we start to dry out a little bit for next weekend, though it doesn’t look very warm with highs only in the upper 60s and low 70s throughout the period.

Hopefully you warm weather lovers saved that heat in a bottle somewhere, because it doesn’t look like we’ll return to THAT weather anytime soon!

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap