I have been thinking about the weather in Seattle and how it has shifted from being an unpredictable and beautiful city to one that seems to get very cold and unpredictable, causing some of the best weather in the Pacific Northwest each December.
Seattle’s weather can be harsh, but even if you never experience it yourself, you can still make some educated guesses about what will happen in Seattle this weekend. It’s a nice break from the “real” weather, so take it easy. I have been thinking though about the weather in Seattle, and about how it has shifted from being an unpredictable and beautiful city to one that seems to get very cold and unpredictable, causing some of the best weather in the Pacific Northwest each December.
In an article I read a couple of weeks ago, it stated that the weather in Seattle is now quite similar to that of the winter of 2006. That’s right! Last year the average temperature was -26 degrees Fahrenheit, which was pretty nice, but not as cold as in the winter of 2006. This year it is expected to be -7 degrees. So, for the average Seattleite, this should be a great break from that cold November weather.
It’s pretty clear that Seattle is definitely in for a bit of the same cold as 2006. Last night was only the second time we’ve had snow in the last year, and we’ve had no measurable snow total for the last month. With the average winter temperature being -7 degrees, I wouldn’t expect snowfall to be much more than a few fluffy flakes here and there. We’ll keep a close eye on the Weather Channel for the rest of the week.
That said, it’s not as cold as I thought it would be. I’ve been seeing the snow in my window as I type this. It’s pretty weird seeing it in the wintertime because the snow is actually a bit of a weird color. You would assume it would be an orange or a red color because of the sun reflecting off of the snow. But it’s a brown-ish gray. Just weird.
The reason I’m a bit curious is because I have a question about whether I would want to have a snowfall in december. I can’t remember exactly.
If you’re not planning on getting a snowfall in December, don’t worry about it! It won’t ruin your day. It will still be grey, but it won’t be that grey color. In the spring and summer, you can just plop on your ski boots and enjoy the snow.
Your ski boots are not going to be the only things that will be covered in a snowfall. Winter in Seattle is the most dangerous time of year for skiers, so if you’re going to ski, don’t go out in the bitter, wet, snowy conditions. Don’t be a pussy and wear a suit to the resort. The snow is going to be everywhere.
Because we all know that no matter what we try, no matter how many times we use the word “winter”, it always comes back to the same thing. In fact, it’s very rare that someone would do something like that. In other words, you are constantly looking for a different way to look at the winter.
The problem is people make it too easy. We look at winter as a time for the weather to chill down, a time to enjoy cold drinks, a time to get cold feet, a time to go skiing, a time to get a tan, and a time to ski. Yet, the opposite is true. The only reason we can look at winter that way is because we’ve been conditioned to do so.