Weather Eye: Be alert: March to come roaring in like a lion

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Patrick Timm

Welcome to the first day of March! Spring has sprung for us weather folks and March is coming in like a roaring lion. High-wind warnings were up for the coastal beaches and a wind advisory was hoisted for the western valleys.

Rainy and windy weather will be upon us as the day goes on and unsettled weather is with us for a while. No stretch of sunny days on the horizon. Too bad, the flowering trees are beginning to blaze; hopefully not too many blooms get blown off. Would like to enjoy it for a while.

More rain and showers are expected the rest of the week and another blustery storm moves in this weekend for more strong winds and moderate to heavy rain.

Seattle reached a milestone in February, as shared on the last day of the month Monday. I gleaned this off its Facebook page Monday: “Aided by leap day, Seattle has reached the milestone of 100 days of measurable precipitation between October and February for just the sixth time since 1894. Also noteworthy, Seattle has already surpassed its normal yearly rainfall with seven months still remaining in the current water year. At midnight, Seattle had recorded 37.72 inches of rain since October 1st. Our normal 12-month total is 37.49.”

So many records, so many records. Just goes to show you that the weather comes to us in extremes. And when I write in this column referring to the average temperature or average rainfall, it is just a collection of extremes. Tally all the observations over a 25-year period and you have the current set of averages. Of course you may hear “normals and extremes.” Normal is whatever the average temperature and precipitation is for that day. I mean really, is the weather ever “normal”?

Did you feel that “extra” day on Monday? We need that to adjust our calendar year. As far as the solar year is concerned, it is about five hours, 49 minutes, and 16 seconds longer than our calendar year. I wish we could have had a sunny day to coincide with that leap day.


Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.