The bluest skies you’ve ever seen are in Seattle? or did you mean Saguaro?

The bluest skies you’ve ever seen are in Seattle, or so sang Perry Como back in the sixties.  Which really begs the question;  have you ever been there?  First of all let me say that I am a native and as such reserve the right to talk about the touchy subject of weather. (Sorry you transplants are not allowed to.  After all, you made the conscious decision to move here, didn’t you?)

So I don’t mean to burst your bubble, but let me say it outright.  No, the bluest skies you’ve ever seen are actually not in Seattle.  Perhaps the grayest skies you’ve ever seen are in Seattle.  Just look at our weather forecasts and you will see.  (Honest. I kid you not.)

Overcast. Cloudy. Partly cloudy. Mostly cloudy. Cloudy with a chance of rain.  Morning showers.  Scattered Showers.  Increasing showers. Afternoon showers.  Showers in the PM. Rain.  Rain likely. Rain and drizzle.  Heavy rain at times. Rainy and breezy.  Rain tapering off.  (Yay!)  Occasional sun breaks.  (One can only hope!)

I don’t mean to sound bitter but we just broke the record for rainiest October in Seattle with over 9 inches to date.  Of course it seems like we are always breaking those kinds of records.  It’s hard to keep up. And we are only half way through fall.


The fact is the days are growing shorter and darker and colder and grayer. Is it any wonder I find myself longing for the places where the sun always shines?

While the fortunate among us may flee to the desert when winter arrives (those lucky snowbirds) the rest of us poor locals must content ourselves with the occasional jaunt to sunny places, only to return and pore over the pictures when the going gets tough. Now is such a time.

Last winter we escaped the area’s cold and gray for a few days in Arizona and a visit to Saguaro National Park.   Now that’s what I call blue skies!  And how about those majestic Saguaro cactus, symbol of the American West!



And doesn’t this beautiful owl from the nearby Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum look great against that same blue sky?


Okay I am starting to feel better already.  Sometimes that’s all it takes.   A reminder that the sun is always shining somewhere!  And as I look out my window I see the promised sun breaks appearing.  Yay!  I think this should carry me through until our next escape to sunny locales.

~   Susanne


11 Comments on “The bluest skies you’ve ever seen are in Seattle? or did you mean Saguaro?

  1. Love the blue sky and cactus in Arizona.
    I thought it rained a lot in Beetley, but we have had four days with no rain, so I concede that Seattle is worse. Besides, I used to watch Frazier, and he always wore a raincoat!
    Perhaps we should all move to Arizona, grow cactus, and throw away our umbrellas?
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I know; I love Arizona too. But even Eastern Washington, a “cold semi-arid steppe” climate, has no dearth of rain in fall and winter (though we have snow in winter). We moved here from your good-neighbor city Tacoma for the dry heat and sun, as much as to reduce the number of people surrounding us by a couple hundred thousand. Right now it’s raining, but by a most benign providence, it held off raining until we were home from fishing!

    • Glad you were spared the rain so you could fish.. Your pictures were beautiful…I love the Seattle area but I do get weary of the rain… I just need to keep taking sun trips when it gets to be too much… Or maybe someday become a snow bird!

      • Snow birding is a good idea; if you became a rain bird, you’d never be home! Grandma, Tiger, and Benji would miss you terribly!

    • Yep I’m a local born and raised.. Still here so I must like it. Nothing like a perfect weather day in Seattle…But I do get tired of the constant rain during the winter, if we tell the truth it keeps the others away! 🙂

  3. We have a lot of sunny days and blue skies here. We also have sweltering humidity, mosquitoes, and the possibility of hurricanes for about 1/3 of every year. Still pretty hot here, topping out in the 80’s. A record rainfall here would be the record for a day, and would be about 10 inches for the day!! That might cause some street flooding. I think the bluest skies I ever saw were in Montana, but your Saguaro ones were great!! I lived in the desert in eastern Washington. I may live somewhere else before I leave this earth. It’s all good.

    • Hi Deborah! Thanks for your comment.. I actually love living in the northwest.. but the gray and rain sometimes gets to me.. The price we pay for the gorgeous scenery I guess… I don’t think I could handle hot and humid but I think I could learn to enjoy hot and dry .. maybe someday I will find out! In the meantime, I agree with you! It’s all good! 🙂

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