Monday's high temperature of 47 degrees was a full 6 degrees lower than average for the date — despite reports alleging the arrival of so-called spring next week.
In the decades that Chris Burke has worked as a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Seattle, he’s disciplined himself to have no expectations this time of year.
In fact, he’s renamed the seasons and declared them to have no ties whatsoever to the solstices and equinoxes celebrated in other parts of the world.
Around here, he said, July and August are “summer,” September and October are “fall,” winter lasts from November through February and there’s no such thing as spring.
He’s dubbed March through June “disappointment.”
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So, he wasn’t at all surprised that Monday’s high of 47 degrees was about 6 degrees below average for the date, despite reports alleging the arrival of so-called spring next week.
The wet weather and brisk winds that knocked out power in a few areas Monday morning were expected to abate by Tuesday evening, Burke said.
Representatives of Puget Sound Energy and Snohomish County Public Utility District said there were scattered outages, but power was restored quickly in most cases.
PSE spokeswoman Dorothy Bracken said the approximately 34,000 customers who lost power in PSE’s service area were mainly in Thurston County, and power for most was back by Monday evening.
Although the wind was reported to have died down significantly Monday evening from morning when warnings were issued, a few felt its fury.
A rowing team of eight was thrown into the frigid waters of Lake Union about 6:30 p.m. by a “sudden gust of wind,” the Seattle Police Department said. The department’s Harbor Patrol Unit was on site within minutes and retrieved all eight from the water.
Four more people also were pulled from the water, police spokesman Jeff Kappel wrote in the SPD Blotter, after a second shell capsized while the team was pulling up to a pier.
Burke said the showers that plagued the area Monday were predicted to taper off. “By Tuesday, the chance for rain is only ‘likely’ as opposed to ‘definitely.’ “
There’s no snow in Seattle’s forecast, but the low temperatures make it a possibility in some outlying areas, Burke said.
Christine Clarridge: 206-464-8983 or firstname.lastname@example.org