I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m ready for some rain and cooler temperatures.

I live in the Pacific Northwest partially because I love our weather. We all know that June isn’t supposed to be a hot and sunny month. We’re used to our “June Gloom” or “Juneary” with temperatures in the 60s, gray skies and quite a bit of precipitation. Plus, summer isn’t supposed to start until July 5 around here — just think of all the cold 4th of July fireworks displays you’ve watched. Then we get a nice run of two months of gorgeous weather with sunshine and temperatures in the 70s. We cross into the 80s sometimes, and 90 is a rarity, but that’s not usually until August.

So, Mother Nature, what happened this year?! We basically skipped winter, our snowpack is literally at “zero,” rivers and lakes are seeing record low levels, and the wildfire season is expected to be awful. There have already been several fires, including one in the Hoh Rain forest in Olympic National Park. Just let that sink in… a wild fire in the rain forest! Not to mention the severe fire danger throughout the region due to dry grass, especially along the highways.

I’m a bit of a meteorology nerd and know this isn’t the first time we’ve been hot and dry (most of the temperature records the region is breaking were set in 1992). But this is the worst most of us have seen it.

What’s worse, is that according to the Office of Washington State Climatologists, our hot and dry conditions are expected to continue through this fall.

Some of my friends who live in other parts of the country tell me this is the summer weather they’re used to. “Temperatures in the 80s and low 90s isn’t horrible” they say. And having lived in Houston and Boston, I know those are normal summer temperatures for many places. My response? “You all have air conditioning.”

I’m five months pregnant with my second child and all I can say is, “I picked the wrong summer to be pregnant.”

So come on Mother Nature, bring us some rain. I promise I won’t complain about a week or two of rain and temperatures in the 60s.

 

Kira Cox

Hi, I’m Kira. I joined Verity in early 2012 after a seven-year stint as a newspaper reporter. While I never thought my career path would veer off in this direction, I am loving my time at Verity. I recently moved from being a member services representative at the Alderwood Branch to being the marketing coordinator for the credit union.

I’m originally from Texas, but I have lived all over the country and the world, including Boston, Massachusetts, Anchorage, Alaska and Sydney, Australia. But in all my travels, the Pacific Northwest is the only place that has felt like home.

When not at work, I am usually home with playing with my son, husband, dog and three cats. During the rare times I don’t have a to-do list to plow through (and it’s not raining too hard), I can be found digging in the vegetable garden, training for a half-marathon, or grilling in the backyard.

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