A half-decent weekend segued into an increasingly blustery and inclement beginning of the week as a fairly vigorous Pacific front took aim at Southeast Washington yesterday.
Our very unstable early spring weather proved to be as spiteful, unkind and uncaring as the Indiana state legislature this past weekend as frigid temperatures played havoc with Easter morning egg hunts, newly planted vegetables and recently broken grape buds. The latter prompted local vineyard managers to turn on wind machines early Sunday for the second time in three days in an effort to protect tender new growth that is highly susceptible to the cold.
Doing its best imitation of the Dow Jones industrial average, the Walla Walla Valley weather this past week featured some wide swings in temperature and sky cover with a couple of record-breaking warm days (Thursday and Friday) that saw afternoon temperatures soar into the mid- and upper 70s.
It will be a tale of two seasons and very disparate weather regimes this week for the Walla Walla Valley — which is entirely appropriate for this changeable time of year as we transition from winter to spring.
A long-lost friend made it back to town this past weekend after an extended absence that had many wondering if he were gone for good.
Abnormally glorious weather continued to grace the Walla Walla Valley this past week as high pressure remained firmly in control over the Pacific Northwest, supplying a winning formula of sunny skies and above-normal temperatures that provided a delightful foretaste of spring.
After a prolonged absence, winter staged a modest attempt at a comeback this past weekend as a cold front swept across the Walla Walla Valley from the north late Saturday afternoon, ushering in a bracing shot of chilly Canadian air on north and northeasterly winds that gusted to near 30 miles per hour.
The major weather story this week is a tale of two countries: Winter continues its brutal and unrelenting assault on the eastern half of our nation, while folks here in the West bask in bright sunshine and unusual warmth.
A tantalizing hint of what might be someday was offered to Walla Wallans last week when the sun made a half-day appearance before scaring itself away and becoming shrouded once again in a dense and drippy miasma that is as stubborn as the most partisan legislator.
A grateful populace welcomed much-needed rainfall and mild temperatures this past weekend as a wet and windy Pacific storm system swept over the Walla Walla Valley, dropping nearly one-half inch of rain on the area.