Throughout the Evergreen State, there is some measure of relief that mountain snow packs are in considerably better shape now than they were at the beginning of the year.
Several waves of moisture will sweep over the area this week, leading to a mostly soggy series of days featuring lots of puddle-dodging and muddy footwear.
Only now can we fully appreciate the arrival of the third month of the year and its promise of a gentler, more hopeful and benign weather regime.
Wet and windy weather will continue in the Walla Walla Valley for the next couple of days before a calmer regime becomes established here for the end of the week and the coming weekend.
Mother Nature rolled out her full winter arsenal and loosed a barrage of torrential rain and heavy snow on the (mostly) grateful residents of California, Oregon and Washington.
The 16-day Global Forecast outlook has been touting a rather wet period for the Valley, beginning around Feb. 11 and lasting through Feb. 19.
January 2014 will be remembered not for its scintillating weather but for the stultifying sameness of a seemingly interminable string of dreary days cloaked in a cold and clammy blanket of low clouds and fog.
"The Game” has been played, and the losers sent home to lick their wounds while the victors pack for the next — and final — round in New York City on Feb. 2.
It wasn’t quite as windy as all the dire warnings indicated it might be, but an energetic Pacific low pressure system did bring a host of varied weather with it as it passed north of Washington this weekend. Copious amounts of rain, heavy mountain snow and winds gusting in excess of 100 miles per hour in some places made for a very interesting weather weekend across the state. But all that did nothing to derail the Seahawks juggernaut, which faces its severest test of the season this coming Sunday, when a tough-as-nails San Francisco squad visits the Emerald City for an epic battle to determine this year’s NFC champion and a spot in the Super Bowl.
The long-awaited holidays have now come and gone and left your weatherperson with a mixed bag of items that leaves him somewhat less than 100 percent enthusiastic about the New Year: the nastiest cold he has had in decades; enough bills to paper the wall of his office at Walla Walla Community College; and the gift of a self-improvement book that would have been of considerably more value to this old dog had it been received 20 or 30 years ago.