The National Climate Service predicts conditions from December through February to be colder and wetter than normal. That means an opportunity to build a good snowpack in the Cascades. It also improves our chances in the lowlands for a couple of snowfalls.
We are entering our darkest and most gloomy time of the year, but there is always light at the end of the tunnel, right? In a month, we will slowly turn things around and begin ever so slowly to regain daylight. But between now and Dec. 22, we will lose another half-hour of light.
There is plenty of cold air to our far north. Fairbanks, Alaska, was minus 22 degrees. In the Yukon, conditions are harsh.
Weather watchers are always drooling over the long-range forecast models. The second week of December may bring us a cold wave and some snow. It’s too far out to place solid bets, so we can only dream at this point.
But this is a good time to winterize things around your house and yard.