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The Pacific Northwest Rain Classification System

Updated on June 29, 2012
A day of white rain in Olympia
A day of white rain in Olympia | Source
One of the city streets in Olympia after a downpour
One of the city streets in Olympia after a downpour | Source
Our backyard just before planting the garden
Our backyard just before planting the garden | Source
On the front lawn in October
On the front lawn in October | Source

Living in Western Washington (Olympia to be exact) gives one a certain perspective when it comes to the topic of rain. Since we experience rain about 60% of each year you would think we would be bored to tears by the subject and uncontrollably shake and shudder at the mere mention of the word but in fact most of us are fascinated and, dare I say, obsessed with it. Do you think it’s going to rain today? How much rain are we supposed to get today? What time is it going to start raining? How long is it supposed to rain? Can we get our errands done before it starts raining? And on and on it goes around this area of the country. There is no denying the obvious: we have a love/hate relationship with rain.

We will grumble loudly and often but if relatives come from out of town you should hear us defending our corner of the country. Oh sure, it rains a bit (we actually say that…a bit) but look at how green everything is! Well, yes, it’s wet for sure but nothing like you’ll see down near the Amazon! Well, at least we don’t have to battle all of that snow during the winter! Beautiful weather, don’t you think? Not hot like some parts of the country!

We actually get defensive and peeved when people trash-talk our lovely rain. It is, after all, a part of who we are and we’ll be damned if we’ll allow strangers to look down their noses at our weather. Those of us who have lived here quite some time were molded (or is that moulded) by our weather; it has made us strong and thick-skinned and we laugh in the face of our daily downpours. Besides, the rain is a natural deterrent when people from California consider moving here to get away from the smog and traffic. That in itself is an excellent reason to love the rain.

As you might suspect we have our own way of describing our precious rain and in fact (I’m making this up now) we mark the months of the year by the type of rain we get. I’d like to share our monthly terms of endearment regarding rain with you if you don’t mind. I’m just an old teacher and I love the chance to pass on a little local knowledge to y’all.

JANUARY

This month is named “White Rain Month” and it is a joy to behold. During most Januarys we can usually count on the coldest temperatures as cold fronts sneak down the Frasier River Valley from Canada. Shortly after the first of the year hundreds of thousands of Northwest natives will put on their North Face fleece and await the arrival of the white rain. It starts out as normal rain but then slowly changes colors and rests upon the evergreen trees and any cats dumb enough to be outside. Everyone stands around with cameras taking pictures and emailing their relatives in Florida telling them how lovely it is outside.

The relatives in Florida are laughing quite loudly at these emails, almost as loudly as the sounds of the evergreen limbs cracking and falling down on power lines causing widespread blackouts. Oh yes, we love the white rain!

FEBRUARY

We refer to February as the “Flowing River Month.” The white rain has melted by this time, raising the local rivers above flood stage, and most who live by those rivers are quite busy filling sandbags so that the cat, which just thawed out from its time being buried under the white rain, won’t drown in the flowing river rain.

Power has been restored only to be replaced by more power outages caused by the heavy winds that accompany the flowing river rains. By the end of this month there is always a sudden increase in air traffic out of the state, usually booked as one-way tickets.

MARCH

The “Biblical Month” smoothly transitions from the flowing river month. Truthfully, few of us who live here and have not left by this time can tell when one month ends and another begins. We hear reports of spring in the Southern states but to us it is just another example of yellow journalism. Maybe we don’t pray properly around here! Whatever the reason we seem to get our heaviest rain in March and it is, without a doubt, of Biblical proportions. I am convinced that one day I will wake up on a March day and I will look out my window and see an ark floating by, but unlike the Bible story this ark will be filled with nothing but cats who are damn tired of the white rain and the flowing river rain and they are getting the hell out of this state.

APRIL

We dub this month “Dash All Hopes Rain Month” because it is oh, so cruel. By this time we have all heard reports that spring has arrived in two-thirds of the United States and yet we look out the window and North Face gear is still being worn. You have to give us credit, though, we bravely step outside and attempt to prepare our gardens for the “expected” summer season. We enthusiastically buy packets of seeds and break the ground (and our backs), all in hopes that one day the weather gods will smile upon us and allow us one day, just one damn day, of sunshine. The rust is chipped off of the barbecues, the fallen limbs are run through the chipping machines and the cats have arrived back home, a bit mangy but welcomed nonetheless.

MAY

Car Washing Month” arrives to much fanfare. It is warm enough in May so that we can go out and wash our vehicles and practice conservation at the same time. All we have to do is suds the car up and let the warm rain rinse it off. Bulldozers are out in force clearing the mud from the streets, kids are out splashing in puddles that threaten to swallow them, cats are venturing back outside and all in all it is a rather joyous time in our neck of the woods. Summer is near and spirits are soaring in the great Pacific Northwest.

JUNE

“Liquid Sunshine Month” and the livin’ is easy! Ducks are quacking, mushrooms and moss are growing and the Goodwill Stores are receiving countless donations of North Face gear, for in Olympia we have very short memories. It is common knowledge in our area that summer does not officially begin until July 5th so woe to the fool who plans a camping trip in June. This is a light-drizzle month, hardly worth noticing, and again we practice conservation by taking our morning showers outdoors. We just put on our swimming trunks, lather up and stand out on the lawn. Invigorating and a lovely way to meet your neighbors up close and personal. Cats are usually eating more than normal in June in preparation for the long winter months when we get real rain. In fact, Washington leads the nation in the number of obese cats and with good reason.

JULY

Summer has arrived (after the 5th of course) and we proudly call this “Playfully Misty Month.” It is a strange sensation to prepare for a shower on your lawn and not have enough rain to wash off the soap. Most of us crane our necks and look to the sky, wondering what the hell is the matter? Occasionally the sky is so bright we are forced to look for our sunglasses which of course we have misplaced and lost, so off we go to the store for another pair. I personally love to go to the beach in July and watch the good looking women walk by in their bikinis and rubber boots.

AUGUST

While most of the country is sweltering in summer heat or dodging tornadoes, we in Washington are basking in the liquid warmth of “Cloudburst Month.” Most of us are quite pleased when August gets here because we have pretty much had it with the heat and besides, we are terribly confused and off-kilter if the serious rain is gone for too long. August allows us to occasionally frolic in the sunshine and then cool off when the skies open up and drench us like drowned rats in a flooded sewer.

Cloudburst Month serves another purpose as well: if we had too much sun Californians might start to like it here too much and consider, once again, moving here. Many of them are here in August, walking around wearing their Foster Grants and neon leisure suits and an occasional cloudburst sufficiently dampens their spirits and ruins their Gucci Guccis!

SEPTEMBER

Forget How To Drive Month” is a yearly occurrence and yet one we never remember. The sun has been out just enough in the past two months that most citizens of our lovely state forget how to drive in a real rain. It happens every year without fail. A nice sunny morning catches people off-guard and when the skies open up the freeway is clogged with accidents and the city streets clogged as thirty year olds crash into eighty year olds on the slippery road surface. It is fairly entertaining if you aren’t driving and if you are a cat it is a good time to stay off of the roads.

By the way, we also eat miniature vegetables from our garden this month; miniature because, of course, they failed to receive enough sunshine. They tend to be a bit soggy too but we like them like that way here in God’s Country!

OCTOBER

Wetter Than A Duck’s Ass Month” finds us all scrambling to the Goodwill to buy back our North Face clothing. This is THE place to shop for great deals on fleece and rainwear. Never mind the fact that we are buying our own stuff; we always feel like we are getting a great bargain.

The rivers are rising once again, the “Ark Watch” is our favorite pastime and cats can be seen hitchhiking on the freeway. On the bright side, Californians have now taken a right turn and can be seen buying up property in Eastern Oregon.

NOVEMBER

We affectionately refer to November as “Floating Turkey Month” and for good reason. By Thanksgiving there isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell that our meal will be dry. The roof is leaking, everything tastes like wet mittens and fungus is growing between our toes. If we must be thankful for something most of us give thanks that we haven’t grown tail feathers by this time.

We absolutely refuse to turn on the television so that we don’t hear reports of sunny and eighty in Florida. All hope is gone by this month and any chance of civility is long gone. Happy Friggin’ Holidays!

DECEMBER

Yes, the end of another year brings us “Santa Drowned In The Backyard Month.” We have been known to have rain all thirty-one days in December. We cringe at the sound of thunder, shriek with each flash of lightning and huddle together, broken spirits all, deliriously dreaming of sandy beaches and drinks with little umbrellas. The only thing that keeps us moving forward yet another day is that it will soon be January and the rain will change color.

THE AUTHOR’S FINAL WORDS

I’m writing this at the tail end of “Dash All Hopes Month.” The vegetables are poking out of the ground, the rain has returned after two days in the seventies and I’m packing my North Face clothing in a box for Goodwill. I’m a Northwest native and damn proud of it! I need to go now and find the paddles for the canoe. It looks like a drencher is a’comin’.

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alex, that is priceless...polka dot rain....I wish I had thought of that. Great comment and thank you my friend; it is unseasonably warm and sunny here, but we have no doubt the rain will arrive soon enough.

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      SilverGenes 5 years ago

      How did I miss this??? Loved every word and laughing out loud even as I type! We called the "Playfully Misty Month" precip "Sparkle Rain" at our house. We had a three-year-old at the time. It was a foregone conclusion that it was raining... but what kind, someone would ask. "I dunno... sparkle rain. You don't need a jacket." Umbrellas and rain gear were reserved for "Polka Dot Rain".

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      RoyGirlTrina...what a name...can't tell if you are male or female! LOL Not that it matter....thanks a lot and I'm glad you enjoyed my silliness. You are right, or course, about the fog. We must be gluttons for punishment.

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      RoyGirlTrina 5 years ago

      One of these days you should add the blue moon effect where a cloud is rarely seen for 3 months usually July to the end of September. I consider September and October as the walking in the cloud months. Fog so thick, that when I step down each stair I stumble everytime, mini heart attack as I feel like I'm falling to the earth from severely high altitudes, lol. Thanks for the clever read.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure midget! I complain a lot about the weather but I would have a hard time living somewhere where there wasn't four seasons.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for my morning pep up, Bill. Kind of envy you guys for having the four seasons! You always have something funny and insightful to say!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, we have a temperate climate here; certainly not tropical by any means. However, go across the mountains to eastern Washington and it is a desert climate. Hardly seems like the same state. Thanks for the visit; even your comments are funny!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sherri...shhh...don't spread the word that we actually get sunshine here. We don't want too many people thinking about moving here. It's our little secret.

      Thank you for the visit! I do believe I owe you a visit or two.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, I try! Thank you for your kind words. I have always loved to laugh.

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      In the middle of all the fun and laughs, I do love your description of each month and the overall weather pattern of your beloved place of residence. Bill, you are a wonderfully funny, informative and descriptive writer!

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      So interesting, billybuc! Would you say the climate is tropical? South Africa, as small as it is, also has quite a few different climates affecting specific regions. From semi-desert to tropical. If you're born and raised in one of the regions, adapting to another could be quite a challenge. And yes, each and everyone are proud of their homeland. They may say whatever they want about it, but let one 'foreigner' just dare to utter a negative opinion.

      Voted up, very interesting and informative :)

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      What a fun essay on what rain translates to you and yours in a part of the country I visited only once, for a few days in Liquid Sunshine Month, and not a raindrop was to be found. On that trip, it was hard to imagine why the natives kept talking about the rainy weather all the time! I do believe you and them, it's just that I have no personal experience of all the wet..guess that makes me a non-believer. :) Voted up, funny. Great read.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Blond; weather is, indeed, a fixation with those of us who live here.

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      Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil

      I lived in Britain for many years and there it is the same. The main topic is weather.

      The headlines always were: Hottest, wettest, driest since records began.

      My favorite is 'Dash all hopes month'.

      Fun hub.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dancing, we will be glad to share with you if you want some of it. :)

      I have always wanted to live in Montana because of the winters but now that I've given Alaska a try there isn't much reason. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Dancing Water 5 years ago

      Very clever and run to read! Also, you give your reader endless comedic images as to the way it truly is in Washington! I do love rain, but my love of it has never been tested as yours has. I think it's a happy union for you and the rain! When I lived in Montana, I learned to appreciate the snow in the same way you embrace God's tears.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, yes indeed, it is enjoyable. We have many opportunities to do that here. I will often go up to the mountains and walk the trails in a downpour. Quite a lovely way to spend a day.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 5 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Oh btw, just to let you know, I enjoy hiking in the rain. The pictures of rain coat, especially if shocking colours, comes out great in the backdrop of natures' colours.

      Long time ago, I read an article in National Geographic in which this lady described her hike in a heavy downpour through the Milford Track in Fjordland National Park of New Zealand. I got hooked on hiking in the rain immediately after reading that account. These days we are having rains in southern Ontario after a long long time and I am out there hiking with my dog / friends / family every single day.

      Rain makes even an easy hike that much more challenging.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail,no, this area is not for everyone. Thank you for the visit.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 5 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      A very interesting read. I can take snow, but constant rain is just too much.

      Once again, great hub.

      Thumbrella up!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teacher, I understand that. Back in January we lost our power for six days and I was lost without the internet. It's nice to see your smiling face...please, call me Bill. All my friends do.

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Billy-its just been awhile since I have been able to publish anything...my internet its out and all my comments are coming from my phone!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lynn! I'm glad you enjoyed it and I'm appreciative of you taking the time to comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teacher, you got that right! One tornado and I'd be out of your fine state in a heartbeat. :) Thank you...I'm not getting notices of when you write...I'll have to check your site.

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      Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

      Clever and funny take on mother nature.

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I have never been to your fine state...one that I have missed....I think that I would rather have rain than our Kansas tornadoes!! Voted up and across!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Margarita, I actually don't mind it either. I've lived here most of my life so it can't bother me too much. I'm glad you enjoyed the article and welcome to HubPages!

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Love our Oregon rain, thank you for such an uplifting article!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you bdegiulio! I'll let you know when we actually see the real sunshine. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Keith, I wish I was exaggerating. :)Thank you young man; always a pleasure seeing you stop by.

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Love the names of the months. Hilarious. If it's going to rain you might as well go with the flow and embrace it. Enjoy the Liquid Sunshine while you have it. Well done.

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      I literally have no idea which month is funnier haha! I really don't think I'll be visiting in September; I don't wanna run over any cats!

      Another great, and funny hub, Bill!

      -KD

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, Vicki, this one kind of slid under the radar when I first posted it. I'm getting more action on it today than I did the first day I wrote it. Thank you my dear friend and I hope you have had a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, I visited Virginia and D. C. a few years back in August and I thought I would die from the humidity. I could not believe people actually lived in that year round. Craziness! It made me appreciate the rain just a little bit. At least we can see our moisture. :) Thank you my friend!

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I don't know how I missed this one! It is too funny. Where I'm from, 100% humidity and a weird lack of rain is normal. I looked up our adage relative humidity throughout the year just the other day and discovered our lowest average humidity is higher than many place's high!

      A very enjoyable read =)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      So, so funny! I love all the cat references. The photos are great, too! I can't imagine living in all that rain! You're right, though; it probably does keep people from moving there. LOL. Loved this hub! So hilarious. Very clever, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, I pulled that out of the archives since I didn't write anything today. Glad you liked it! I had no idea it rained that much where you live but then there are a lot of place in the U.S. that get more rain than we do...it's just that it always seems to be cloudy and raining "a little" here.

      You crack me up! Thanks lil' Sis for dropping by and sharing.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Liquid Sunshine Month? You're in Liquid Sunshine Month? HAHAHA. And in July you look at nice women in rubber boots? HAHAHAHA. Cats floating by on an ark? HAHAHAH. I can SOOO see that! :D Okay, it's *almost* as wet here. I mean, the leather couch and the sides of the refrigerator regularly grow mold. Thank goodness I wipe them down VERY often. Oh man, and the Goodwill stuff is priceless. I have to say, I think this might be my all time FAVORITE hub by you. I kept giggling as I envisioned all that you said. Voted up, across and SHARED. :D

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary! It helps that I grew up in a home where laughter was a pre-requisite and a neighborhood where sarcasm was the weapon of choice. :) I'm glad you enjoy my sense of humor because I sure enjoy being silly with some of my hubs.

      I appreciate you and your loyalty and spirit and...and...well, I'm just stop there. Thanks my friend!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Where do I begin? Every time I read one of your hubs I think "this is the funniest one yet". You have THE most incredible sense of humor and write it out so well!

      BTW, have you been trying to share your weather with the Northeast? Seems we in NY (mid-state) are experiencing similar weather, like year round!

      Back to your hub, of all the funny lines I think the one that really got me was "watch the good looking women walk by in their bikinis and rubber boots".

      I have to be so careful I don't miss your hubs!!

      Voted up, funny, interesting and I wish there was a WoW button. P.S. Sharing with my readers.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audra, you are a doll! Thanks!

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      I had to stop by and read this again...loved it even more!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Lamb, then you are the reason why summer arrives when it does. Thank you! You are right, of course, about Washingtonians...it is a state pasttime to complain about the weather. :)

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      Lori Colbo 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I notice that everyone (Washingtonians) pisses and moans about the rain and cold and snow and how they can't wait for sun and warm temperatures. Then when we get 10 hot (80 deg.) days in a row people begin to piss and moan that it is too hot. So, we hit a few cool (68 deg) days and they are saying what a cold summer it is.

      My birthday is July 5th so I loved what you said about after the fifth the weather gets nice. You forgot to mention that that is because that is the date of my birth. I am good luck for this state you see. Great hub.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      More on the way here as well. Such is life here in our corner of the world.

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      Lydia Jones 5 years ago from U.K.

      Rain...:( Far too much of it here right now.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Jama, you British do stick together! Funnier than mine? But how could that be? hahahaha...I will take a look and without a doubt I will agree with you after I read it. Have a fabulous weekend my friend....55 degrees here but no rain in sight and certainly no tornadoes in sight.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Bill, you might enjoy another hub on rain by England native diogenes. With all due respect to your fabulous wordsmithing, I found his funnier than yours, but only because my blood is 90% English!

      And no, the toss-a-brolly system wouldn't work here, for exactly the reason you said: why toss something you can sell at a yard sale!

      In case you haven't heard, the summer heat wave in OK has already begun, but THIS year (so far) has been interrupted every few days by a gully washer and a tornado or ten. Oh joy.....

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michael and yes, I have written a fiction book and self-published it. I appreciate your kind words my friend and wish you a happy day in New York.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      What a profound way to work magic here on hubpages with words. I loved this hub, your sense of humor is truly astounding, I love rain myself, and use to always sing and dance in it as a child.

      The fact that you actually made this entire hub up from pure imaginative thoughts is priceless, you must have that Stephen King thing going now, lol.

      Have you ever written a fictional book?, I think if you haven't you definitely have the writing talent to appeal to a crowd of readers Billbuc. Nice Job! Voted up and getting shared for sure.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeannie, about December I don't think any of the classifications are particularly fun or interesting. :) Thank you my friend!

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I personally like "Wetter than a duck's ass" and "Santa drowned in the backyard." Not that I would want to experience all that, but I do like the classifications. :-)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Audra; I had a ton of fun writing it. Glad you got a laugh and have a great day out there in Writer's Land.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      I truly enjoyed reading this Bill! It gave me a giggle too. I loved the cats that made an impact throughout...he,he. And, "women walk by in their bikinis and rubber boots", hysterical!

      I love your fiction and how it was real too!

      Voted up and shared!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thank you Dim! I happen to be a big fan of yours as well. Best wishes to you and yours and have a glorious weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Racheal, thank you my dear! I'm sorry you have to live in Florida and suffer through the sunshine. :) I'm glad you enjoyed this hub and I look forward to following your work from now on.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

      This was fascinating. You are a star. The pictures were beautiful.

      Thank you.

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      Rachael C. 5 years ago from That little rambunctious spot in the back of your mind :)

      This was hilarious!!! I am still smiling. I would rather the rain anytime. Florida is a freak of nature. Why else would it be hot as it is raining??? No fair :( and our winter has only lasted but a few weeks. Back to the glorious [and blinding] heat we go! Voted up and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      B. Leekley, that is hilarious! Never would I miss the rain that much! I'll start working on the photo for you! Thank you sir!

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      A few years ago when I was living in Moscow, Idaho (which is just across the border from the east side of WA), I heard tell about a family that moved there from the Seattle/Olympic Peninsula area who missed the constant rain and drizzle so much that they ran the garden hose up to the roof, set the nozzle to spray, and set it to pour down in front of their living room picture window and their front door. Anyway your delightful hub gave me chuckles. I'll share it on Facebook to see what my Seattle area friends and relations say about it. My one suggestion and request is to add at least one photo of good looking women in bikinis and rubber boots.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tim, especially at this very moment. :) Thank you sir!

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      Tim 5 years ago

      Wonderfully written! And hysterically accurate, or some semblance thereof!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruchira; I had great fun writing it and I must admit I was laughing out loud at times...pretty tacky but the truth!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MY Wiki, glad you enjoyed it. Life is indeed how we live it!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      This is a hilarious hub, Bill. Loved the month of December..lol

      i liked how creative you got with the months of the year and related it to the seasons..voted up as interesting and awesome!

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      MYWIKISTEP 5 years ago

      Great photos! Nice descriptions through the seasons.

      Life is how we live it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Ruby; I had fun with it!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jama, that is incredible. I don't see it ever working here. Nobody would ever give up what they can sell in a garage sale for a buck. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Clever, naming the months. I'll take May, it's my favorite..

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I can attest to what Lydia said! When I was in London, it'd be a perfect blue sky with a few white, "cotton ball" clouds, and then a few minutes later the rain clouds would roll in from the North Sea or the English Channel!

      Londoners, btw, have a system for re-cycling brollies similar to how you re-cycle North Face winter gear. Umbrellas can be purchased just about anywhere for practically nothing, so instead of carrying one around all day, soon as it stops raining they're simply dropped into the nearest bin (trash can) on the sidewalk. Then when the next shower starts -which it WILL! - another passerby simply picks it out and uses it for the duration, then tosses it wherever he/she is when it stops.

      Don't know that anyone ever gets their own brolly back, but WOULD love to stick a GPS tracker on those brollies and see just how far they travel before ending up in the landfill!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lydia, I would feel right at home in Great Britain as you would here. It appears we have very similar weather. I'm glad you enjoyed it and thank you for the follow along.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Tina and welcome to the show that never ends...or is that the circus? I'm glad you enjoyed the hub; I had to laugh at your comment. Same thing here the first heavy rain in the fall..accidents all over the place. Thank you as always for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jama, you do make me laugh! I write for a company in your state and that was one hell of a summer you had last year. There is no way I would survive in that kind of environment. I need the different seasons marked by contrasting weather although reading this hub one would think that doesn't happen here.

      thank you my friend; hope you are well, healthy and sassy as always!

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      Lydia Jones 5 years ago from U.K.

      Lovely positive spin on wet weather! Nice to know it's not just us Brits that are obsessed with what is falling out of the sky! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susan, the first year is a shock for anyone moving here; once you've been here awhile it really is easy to tolerate and the scenery more than makes up for the weather. Thank you for visiting.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      So interesting and I love the names of the different months, it describes how it must feel to live there. We have the "forget how to drive month" here too, but here it is when the first heavy snow comes. For some reason it seems to come as a surprise every year! Excellent hub and I like your humor! Voted up, funny, interesting!

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Thought I'd better get over here and read this before it goes away again!

      Funnnnnny! hahahahahahaha! ROT(dry)FLMAO!

      For what it's worth, I would GLADLY have moved to west WA last summer when we had 110 degrees EVERY day for 3 months and not a single drop of rain. (Because y'all had a lock on it in WA??????) The exact opposite of some of the months where you live, right?

      Voted up, funnnny and AWESOME! ;D

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      LOL, I can relate to your hub as I spent six years living in the Seattle area. The first year there I found it hard as we had moved up from California, so it was a huge change to sunshine all the time. I got used to it and now rain doesn't bother me at all.

      Loved your hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nare; I always enjoy seeing you visiting! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Great Job. I love the pics and the way you distribute them :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT, my pleasure! Coming from Alaska you should be able to relate to this somewhat! Have a great day my friend and enjoy that North Dakota weather.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Fantabuloso, billy! I laughed. I cried. I laughed again. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Molly, you inspired me to write this with your comment yesterday about writing more humor, so thank you my friend and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      Thanks for my morning laugh, Billybuc. Reminds me of a flight I once took from Atlanta to Anchorage. An elderly couple greeted their grandson with: "Aren't you so glad to be back in Alaska, where you aren't always dying of the heat?"

      *snort*koff*

      Up and buttons!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, so happy I could provide a laugh for you this morning. I can imagine you do hear similar things where you live. I say fantastic! If it keeps people from moving here then my job has been done and done well. The last thing we need is more of the California beautiful people moving in next door and showing us all how life should be lived.

      Now excuse me but the rain is falling and I really do need to scrape the moss off of the roof.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill...This is terrific! CLEVER as hell. The names you have attached to the months are hysterical. I love it. An excellent lesson in pure "Optimism!" and dedication to your home State, of course.

      I relate to the bitter taste of indignation when "outsiders" make snide comments about the weather.

      "Yeah, we do get a tiny bit of ice and snow....for a couple, 3, 4, 5, 6 months." "What's that...huh? You hear we get HOW many feet of snow?? Oh..ha ha..well, it's...ah..yeah, well....you know...SOME winters are rougher than others....ha ha ha. But have we got some fabulous SkiResorts and Winter Sport's Arenas..ice rinks...you name it!" "By the way, HOW do you tolerate the blazing hot sun and unbearable humidity 24/7 down south!!?"

      Seriously, thanks for the education. I had no idea you Olympians were No.1 in Scuba Fashion! Up+++

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy my friend, I'll stay dry if possible. :) In all honesty I'll take this over the humidity and heat; at least we are zapped of our energy by noon. :) Thank you as always my dear!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I don't know what would be worse to deal with, the hot south eastern heat and humidity or the constant rain. This is a wonderful look at the weather on the other coast of the country. Great hub! Stay dry. :)