This summer has been wonderfully warm and dry. But Western Washington, and those of us that live here, aren’t used to it. So, let’s all do a rain dance and get some liquid sunshine to fall on our baked land.
We’ve had an epically warm, dry summer. I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for about 20 years and only remember a couple summers like this, summers in which we skipped Juneuary and saw 80-plus degree temperatures multiple times. Like many around here, I’m sporting sandal tan lines, seek out air conditioned buildings from time to time, and have swam more this summer than the past few.
But, it’s time for some rain. I’m not asking for summer to be over – in fact, I’d like it to continue into late September and early October like last year – but we definitely need some moisture. As of today, there are at least five wildfires burning around the state, and those were only the large ones. Some of them have even been west of the Cascades. And I don’t know how everyone else’s yard looks, but my vegetables, flowers and grass would love some liquid sunshine.
The forecast this weekend and much of next week calls for cooler, wetter weather. So, instead of feeling like summer is over, let’s enjoy the reprieve from the heat and dryness. And then we can all beg Mother Nature to bring summer back for another month or two… as long as it rains once a week or so.
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.