September 3, 2015
There are a few universal truths in our lives: The sun comes up in the east, it rains in Ketchikan and you can tell what the weather’s like by eavesdropping on the senior members of the world dilemma think tank … meeting daily at the Mule Barn coffee shop since God made dirt.
“My hens,” said Doc, “were sweating this morning.”
August 25, 2015
NEW — 6:05 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015
Are we human beings the only ones who don’t understand the weather, the season or the environment? With the odd frost times, the warm winters, the lack of snow and rain, we don’t know what to expect. Is it global warming or just El Niño?
August is usually the time of year around here when we can’t tell indoors from outdoors. In past years we were excited, because the soil was finally warm, the plants seemed happy and we could go barefoot without that cold, damp feeling underfoot. This year, it’s different.
July 29, 2015
NEW — 10:50 a.m. July 29, 2105
If you have ever been jealous of gardeners in Eastern Washington who grow big Beefsteak tomatoes by the buckets full, this would’ve been a good year to put up a challenge.
Every year, I struggle to get a few Sun Golds and Sweet 100s from pots on my shady deck, while those people east of the mountains are downing giant, sweet, juicy, fresh-picked tomatoes by the dozen. It is not fair.
July 9, 2015
It’s too hot outside, you say?
For many people, it very well may be too hot.
April 28, 2015
This spring’s weather is beautiful, one of the best we’ve had.
Either that or I’m just in a good mood right now. But it does remind me of past springs with nice memories of my childhood yard and in particular, our tool shed. It wasn’t a real shed; it was part of our big, old garage that was built for carriages in 1908. It had a hayloft upstairs and little paned windows for light, rather like an Andrew Wyeth painting.
March 25, 2015
The spring equinox is upon us. People traditionally greet it with incredible joy.
Some happy, spirited souls might throw a giant feast; students stay up all night and consume too much liquor. Others might dance the night away, while some unusual folks do strange things. I don’t know what you might like to do to celebrate the end of winter — the termination of scarcity, and the return of hope and plenty.
September 24, 2013
Issaquah resident shares his passion for weather
When rare thunderstorms pounded the area in early September, Issaquah resident Justin Shaw was not staring out the windows of his Talus home, marveling at the lightning strikes.
He was staring at a computer screen, tracking the storms’ paths and experiencing the extreme weather virtually with the more than 1,100 followers of his Seattle-weather themed Twitter account.
“It was almost more fun to be on Twitter talking about the storms than actually watching them,” he said. “It’s like this big party with all of these weather nerds uniting together.”