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Lamentation of a Rainy, Pacific Northwest Day
Rainy Day Lamentation
Time seems old and listless
when I look out my window pane,
dotted with crystal rain beads
that stream like blood from a vein.
The gray of the world yawns morose,
the cold reflects no one cares.
The people I see through the glass
look unhappy and full of despair.
Nothing has changed at all
since yesterday's sunny day,
but the gloom of the steely sky
sucks the life out of my today.
My spirit is sluggish and sad,
sullen, profoundly downcast,
and I ask myself why even bother
when I know the storm will outlast.
I sigh and cry and lament
that weather reporters are liars,
because all I hear in the streets
is the slushy whoosh of the tires.
Dampness and sogginess rule,
for how many years, can't recall.
My life has become a tempest
as I live from squall to squall.
At night when I crawl into bed,
my linens and blankets are soaked,
with moisture and melancholy
that wrap around me like a cloak.
A chill seeps into my body
through muscle, tissue and bone,
and I think of moving away,
but here's all I've ever known.
Pacific Northwest climate and fickle weathered residents
The Pacific Northwest is infamous for it's copious rainfall. Washington, Oregon, and Alaska all have quite a heavy amount of rain every year in certain areas, and too many days for my taste of overcast sky with or without drizzle. Antidepressant sales and counselor appointments soar in number when it gets gray (that was tongue in cheek but it could be true). Washington, where I live, is a profoundly beautiful state rain or shine. But this piece is about the overcast and rain. We are still having lots of rain, so rain is on my mind.
When rain comes, it COMES. It just keeps raining and raining for days, sometimes weeks, with a few days here and there of reprieve. Some years are worse than others. Why do I live here, you might wonder. I love the green, I love the beautiful mossy forests, the beautiful state parks which are mostly on the Puget Sound, and spectacular flowers, tulip fields in Skagit county, and Mount Rainier that fills up the sky in many western Washington cities. We do get a lot of sun as well and on a clear day, Mount Rainier is awe inspiring.
I perceive Washingtonians to be very fickle about weather. All through the rainy season we gripe, gripe, gripe about the overcast days, drizzly days, and rainy days. People love and hate the snow. We are always saying things like "I can't wait until summer and the warm weather." Summer comes and when it gets up to 80 degrees everyone is moaning and whining about how hot it is and they can't wait for it to cool down. The temp goes down to 70 and some are complaining it's not hot enough. As for summer, here is what you will hear from many Washingtonians - overcast and rain last through July fourth, then summer weather starts. It is more often true than not. So we don't get excited about June. Summer starts weather wise July 5, which just so happens to be my birthday so you can thank me for the nice turn of climate.
Fall and spring are much better tolerated because they bring us beauty despite the advent of more rain.
We consider the Pacific Northwest to be of moderate climate. We get much less snow compared to the mid west and east coast states, and summer temps are moderate. Ninety degrees is exceptionally hot on the western side. Eastern Washington gets more snow, and hotter drier climate.
I will sing Washington State praises in another article
What do you think about the rain of the Pacific Northwest?
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© 2017 Lori Colbo