Up for a breath of air before the next batch of rain storms roll through

Oh, don’t worry. I won’t bring up the time between July and October when many locals (including myself!) were complaining about the lack of rain. But boy have we made up for it in a big way!

From Friday the 16th to Friday the 23rd, we racked up an astonishing 9.17” of rain! Amazing to think we haven’t reached our monthly average rainfall total yet, but still! Nearly 10” of rain in a week is insane, even by Western Washington’s standards.

So, with that in mind, I think these next few days will be rather pleasant for most as Mother Nature is letting us come up for air in between storms. If you found yourself squinting as you left the house for work or school, you weren’t alone. It’s been a while, but for those who have forgotten, what you were seeing was the influence of what meteorologists call “the sun”. Mysterious and bright as it is, scientists have confirmed it is normal to see a bright, golden orb make an appearance every so often in the winter time.

Oh, but we can’t have too much of it, can we? Because then we’d be getting spoiled. That’s where the  next couple weeks comes in. For kicks and giggles I peeked ahead at the long range and while that cold snap I’ve been talking about is still scheduled to happen towards mid month next month, until then one storm system after another will continue to grace this region with its presence. Needless to say, by the end of the year we will have more than made up for any dry days since January.

The weather won’t really start to turn nasty until Thursday and after that there will be a few breaks in between, but generally cloudy skies with rain and highs in the upper 40s to near 50 degrees will be the theme.

Meanwhile, I’m busy trying to find some interesting weather topics to talk about until something exciting happens! Looks like I have a lot of research to do… 😉

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

E-mail: forecastingkitsap@live.com

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