November 10, 7:30 AM
Shallow fog and 27 degrees currently as the weak sun is slowly rising behind the veil. Jack Frost is all around today!
The fog won't probably last too long into the morning, then a clearing day. But nippy - only in the 40's eventually. Yesterday's high for us was 47 in spite of a good amount of sunshine. Cold air from the North is flowing down over us during this little early cold snap. You were right, Polarbytes, much colder and clearer weather did move south toward us this week. I still have flowers around, and this will likely be difficult for them, but it is okay. Nothing that I feel compelled to rush and save, and in my heart I would be ok with them winding up and being finished for the year so I can do my final yard cleanup of the season. It is just feeling like winter is knocking on the door, and we are starting to get up from our chair to go answer it.
My youngest daughter is home from college for the weekend and that is Nice! We need to do some shopping, but she also just wants a bit of time to relax - wonderful to hear!
November 6, 6:45 AM
Quite quickly this morning, fog has developed around and below us. Just minutes ago I could see the early light in a pretty, but broken sky.
The pattern is changing, and it has already begun. The morning temps started dropping yesterday a little over what it has been for sometime and this morning is even cooler. Currently it is 43 - a pretty big change from the low 50's we have been seeing at this time of day. And more cooling is coming. A front from the Gulf of Alaska will move through later today, dragging in much cooler air behind it for the rest of the week, and dropping daytime highs considerably and our first frost is a possibility by the end of the week.
Election Day is here and it isn't the day it used to be for us. For those of you in other states, Washington has gone to All Mail voting in very recent years. So now everyone must send in their ballot and it just must be postmarked by today (there are some free "drop boxes" around too, if you want to run around to those). So, by today the voting is pretty much over state-wide. But we won't get final results till who-knows-when, since the counting process is long and arduous. I really miss actually going to the polls and am sure glad I took my kids along each time in those "old days" so they have some idea of what that was like. Actually some of them did vote at polls, but it was a fleeting opportunity.
November 4, 8 AM
Welcome to November in the Pacific NW! The month has changed and the season of autumn is also changing. NOvember --- sometimes referred to as the month of NO sun, NO warmth, and NO Light, since by November we are spiraling fast into winter, and some of our most "wintery" weather of the year occurs in November. Over the many years we have experienced some of our worst windstorms of the year in November, it is often about the rainiest month of the year and major flooding risks are greatly increased in November, and every once-in-a-while we can even get decent snowfalls in November. As indicated by the little ditty above, pretty uniformly there is little sun over this month - instead we are shrouded in overcast, even if not actually raining, for the vast majority of days. And the setting sun - it must be out there somewhere behind those clouds - keeps setting relentlessly faster, while rising increasingly later each day too, so by the end of the month, daylight is becoming a valuable commodity.
This morning is a good example of Novemeber. While it isn't raining, but could before the day is done, it is a solid overcast overhead, hanging at a mid-level in the sky. No wind today. But the air looks very clean and crisp, and as I look out our windows, the golden trees are everywhere - at a glorious peak here so locally - and a golden hue is across the land - from right outside our windows to spread across the valley below us, nicely and bountifully mixed inbetween the stands of evergreens. Beautiful time of year, and the rolling "autumn color peak" has finally rolled over us. The maples and cottonwoods, probably among others, are really pretty now - before the leaves all completely fall. There are a lot of leaves down all around - I love that carpet of leaves on the roads and sidewalks - but for the most part here locally the leaves are still on the trees - giving us their last and best for the year.
It has rained each day of November so far, but the hose was turned down significantly over what it was for the last part of October. More rain is possible each day this week, but nothing too significant. The bigger story is a coming cooling trend, beginning around mid week. Increasingly cooler and looks to be below normal by the end of the week - probably staying just in the 40's. I am kind of looking forward to that. It has stayed a bit too warm lately for this time of year, in my mind anyway.
October in Review:
Average High: 62
Average Low: 44
Highest Temp: 77 (on the 1st and 7th)
Lowest Temp: 36 (on the 22nd)
Lowest High Temp: 46 (on the 22nd)
Wettest Day: Oct. 30 (1.10")
Days of Measurable Rain: 18 (but none for the first 10 days)
Total Rain for October: 5.92"
Note: We went straight from a second driest ever long spell over the second half of summer, to a Top 10 wettest Octobers ever!
Sunrise: 6:58 AM --- Sunset: 4:45 PM (PST)
(losing 2 min, 58 sec tomorrow)