Meteorologists choose Seattle not for its bonny climate, but rather for the variety and interest the weather brings. That said, they also can forget that the meteorologically naive really just want to be given some hope in our weather reports and not, for instance,:
“Seattle averages three sunny days and six partly sunny days in a typical February. We are only a little more than halfway through this February, and we’ve already had two sunny days and seven partly sunny days”
Let me translate: “forget about anymore sun for the next two weeks.”
Or a post from last July 18th where a certain rain loving forecaster was cheerfully measuring summer thus far…in minutes.
“The mission: Find out how many minutes it’s been at 80 degrees or warmer this year– what I would call a true warm summer day in Seattle. The answer: 78 minutes. Or, breaking it down: 12 minutes on July 2, and 66 minutes on July 6.”
Thanks…I feel much better.
So I do take those weather reports personally. Which is why I also frequent UW meteorologist Cliff Mass’ site because I find it more optimistic. Case in point – Cliff’s Valentine’s Day post which peruses long range forecasts that predict a warmer than normal spring (albeit long range forecasts are not are always reliable). Cliff’s closing sentence:
“My gut feeling from these forecasts and the persistence of the West Coast ridge pattern, is that this will be a far better spring than during the last two years”
Thanks for that Valentine, Cliff. Let’s hope we have one of those redeeming springs where everything comes alive at once, and you thank your lucky stars you are present to witness it.