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WEATHER: Not so bad here after all

Letter by Carol Dedrick, Tacoma on Aug. 6, 2012 at 11:07 am with 8 Comments »
August 6, 2012 11:08 am

By mid-afternoon Saturday, our backyard thermometer hit 92 degrees. The final high for the day may have been even higher. I’m not a glutton for punishment. I quit looking at it. Sunday was even warmer.

For weeks, months in some cases, I’ve been watching weather reports of record scorching temperatures across the country and, ashamedly so, not really giving it that much thought. If anything, I was wishing we’d get some of that stuff. Instead we plowed through day after day, many of them starting out with the ubiquitous “marine layer,” followed by temps in the high 50s to the 60s and low 70s.

This past weekend, I was forced into a shared experience with my fellow citizens. Mind you, few Pacific Northwesters have invested in the seldom-needed luxury of air conditioning, but it does seem as though it might have come in handy.

But being in the Pacific Northwest has the advantage of cooler evenings, regardless of daytime temps. I think a night of open windows will cool everything down nicely inside the house and I can start my day in a cool and comfortable home.

And then, come Monday, things will return to normal with temps for the rest of the week predicted to be in the 70s. Thanks, Tacoma. I needed that. No more craving to live in some other part of the country. Nope. Things are just fine here.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. aislander says:

    I love the 90s and now I’m freezing my ass off…

  2. alindasue says:

    Even our “extreme” weather is rarely very extreme compared to the rest of the country. This is yet another reason Tacoma is my favorite place to live.

    You remind me of when we went to Disneyland in February a couple years ago. We were enjoying the warm 50 degree days in light jackets while the locals were all freezing.

    Personally, I and my pets are glad to see the 70s again.

  3. A321196 says:

    Not hot enough and long enough to make my tomatoes grow! :(

  4. alindasue says:

    My tomatoes are growing fine. They’re just not ripening yet. My lettuce and peas love the weather though!

  5. blakeshouse says:

    my garden is doing well but no where near as well as it would had we had sun thru June and July even with the lower temps

  6. normajean says:

    Being from east coast Canada, I sh be used to the high temps in summer. Sadly it got the best of me yesterday

  7. bobcat1a says:

    My tomatoes are turning red, I’m on my second crop of peas and the lettuce is awesome. Aislander, move to Mississippi where you can have 90+ every day from may to october and the mildew is on everything. Oh, and don’t forget the ticks, chiggers, and cockroaches the size small mice.

  8. bobcat1a – got any melons?

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