Sun Makes Appearance in Seattle

It’s been the talk of the town the past two days. The sun is shining! The sun is shining! Have you seen it? Have you felt it? Okay…it’s a bit cold outside with the frost and frozen fog in the mornings, but hey, we’ll take it! Better than the continuous rain, wind, more rain and plenty of mudslides that the area has experienced for the last two months of 2012. Turns out that our record number of dry days last summer was immediately followed by an equal number of wet days. We definitely made up for the drought and then some. In fact, Seattle received 48 inches of rain last year! That’s 11 inches more than it’s average rainfall, and it seemed like most of it fell in the last two months of the year. Definitely a roller coaster ride in the weather department!

Anyway…getting back to the sun. Yesterday was gorgeous and so clear! Mount Rainier stood out so spectacular! Next to the appearance of the sun, “the mountain” is a sight for sore eyes when it shows itself after so many days and weeks of clouds and rain. Dumb-dumb here didn’t think to take advantage of the scenario to take some photos. Instead, I was intent on getting my monthly grocery shopping done before the rains returned. But, today started out with a repeat of the frost and frozen fog in the early morning, and so I did head out the door with my camera and headed down to the waterfront. I could see that the clouds were marching in from the west, and so I made haste. Unfortunately, the skies were not as crystal clear as they were the day before, but I did get off a few shots of Mount Rainier shining down upon the Tacoma waterfront. In the opposite direction were the gorgeous Olympic Mountains covered in white. They always look their most spectacular during the wintertime, especially on a clear day.

100_2714rainierMt Rainier and Tacoma, Washington

olyOlympic Mountains as seen from Tacoma

I could see that the approaching clouds were winning out in this contest, so I started to head back home but not before clicking off a few shots of a lone seagull nearby. I could see that he was in the right position for me to get a silhouette shot. After that he let me get quite close to him before taking off.

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And the clouds? Oh yeah, they’re here…and so is the rain. What’s new?

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10 Responses to Sun Makes Appearance in Seattle

  1. Wasn’t that a great 2 days, sure the rain is back tonight but the last 2 days will carry me until the sun returns.

  2. You get clouds and rain, we get clouds and snow. While it rains more often in Seattle, we typically receive more rain, and we don’t even have beautiful mountains to see when the sun does come out.

  3. Stunning shots, particularly Rainier.

    In this part of the continent, we’ve already had nearly as much snow to date as we had all of last winter.

  4. Rob Moses says:

    When I saw that first photo I actually said under my breath, “Whoa”. Great shot!

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