April Downpours, Bring May blossoms

KXA 1520 - Thursday, May 11, 2017
April Downpours, Bring May blossoms

(Photo taken by Nathan Senff)

Lately the PNW has been bombarded with cool, wet weather, but flowers are starting arrive and bring life to the dreary landscape.


Written by: Nathan Senff

The grass is green, the rivers are full, and the sky is breaking to that thing called the sun.

The Pacific Northwest has been hit with one of the coldest, wettest, and grayest winter to spring in recorded history.

Within the past 8 months cities such as Oso, Everett, Marysville, Vancouver and Bellingham have been hit with severe winds, record height snow drifts and landslides that led to rural flooding.

The National Weather Service put Seattle at on all-time high with the amount of rainfall at a whopping 44 inches, which puts our area at 4 feet higher than the yearly average.

As the region saw the rain fall something else started to happen- beautiful blossoms swaying in the breeze. This winter has been the winter we have been dreading, but it has also been the best in 4 years.

Since 2014 the Pacific Northwest has been unusually dry and warm. In 2015 we saw, for the first time in decades, an exceptional drought scare over the entire state and our snowpack was less than 20 % from an average winter cycle.

Meteorologist Walter Kelley from Q13 Fox News said, Seattle as of now from October has hit an all-time high rainfall amount that has hit above 48 inches of rain. This has set a 122 year old record in the region.

In the month of April we have also hit another record, the amount of days with no sun. Kelley described the winter as 153 days of flooding rains.

The reason for this phenomenal atmospheric river we have been drowning in comes from the waters in the Pacific.

The reason has been pinpointed to a mixture of effects from Climate Change and a La Niña. The weather, according to local meteorologists, in the Pacific during a La Niña is focused more on cooler temperatures and more rainfall leading to the West coast. This allows for wet and cold winter months.

This year it took a turn for the worst as climates are changing and the jet stream carried storms up and down the coast.

There is another way to look at all the wet and cold we have had this winter. You can look at it as the old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.”

Even though it has been depressing and dark, just look on the bright side-- we made history and our weather has helped keep our state true to its nickname- The Evergreen State.


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