There was record breaking weather everywhere this year, but I’ll focus on my own little corner of the world – the Greater Seattle area of the Pacific Northwest.
It started out normal enough. In January there was pounding rain and sunshine, with balmy temperatures at times, making us think we’d already had spring.
Until February and March came along bringing snow, not as much as I like, but enough to have pictures to show for it.
Then winter gave way to spring and the clematis grew furiously trying to escape my yard,
while the bees were happy to stay in the herb garden.
By the end of June, temperatures soared to the highest on record – from 108 to 113 – depending on whose thermometer you believe. With higher temperatures came drought and no measurable rainfall for more than fifty days, while smoke from wildfires turned the sun orange.
We thought it would never end and craved the rain. But soon fall arrived and not to be outdone by summer, became the wettest on record. Over 19 inches of rain fell from September through November, the most of any meteorological fall.
Later, the frost arrived along with colder temperatures.
And still the rain poured, an atmospheric river above, causing flooding, and heartache for some, but also beauty for others.
And now as December draws to a close, what’s next?
Hopefully snow, but no need to be record breaking. A normal year will do.